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Pluribus Networks and Supermicro Announce MicroBlade With Switching Powered by the Pluribus Netvisor® Network Operating System
|By Business Wire
|May 5, 2014 05:00 AM EDT
Pluribus Networks today announced a relationship with Super Micro
Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) to power its next-generation MicroBlade
microserver platform switching blades with the Pluribus Netvisor®
network operating system. Netvisor is the industry’s first and only
bare-metal, distributed network hypervisor operating system, enabling
the convergence of compute, network, storage and virtualization into a
highly programmable, open-standards-based platform. This joint solution
further validates the Pluribus Freedom
architecture that brings together compute and networking into a truly
software-defined networking (SDN) platform. The Pluribus team will be
available to talk about the new solution at the Open Networking User
Group (ONUG), taking place in New York City, May 5-6, 2014.
The Supermicro MicroBlade is a 6U 112 node Intel® Atom™-based compute
and network platform featuring integrated 10/40 GbE Intel® FM5224
Ethernet switches to deliver industry-leading energy efficiency, density
and ease of management in ultra high-density server deployments. The
Pluribus Netvisor offers Layer 2+ features and high-availability across
multiple switch modules within the MicroBlade platform via Netvisor’s
Multiple MicroBlade chassis may interconnect via the fabric-cluster,
offering a single point of management and powerful analytics, while
distributing the switching intelligence “in-rack” as opposed to a single
point at the top-of-rack.
Enterprises, scale-out data centers, cloud operators and even SMBs can
now take advantage of Supermicro’s server and switch expertise, combined
with the Pluribus Netvisor network operating system, maximizing
performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. The optional
addition of OpenStack includes a set of orchestration capabilities for
IT and service provider cloud deployments. The MicroBlade builds on a
close relationship between the two companies that already includes use
of Supermicro motherboards on the Pluribus Freedom F-series
“Our strategic relationship with Supermicro further demonstrates the
power of the Freedom architecture and Netvisor network operating system,
helping to redefine the way enterprises and cloud operators will deploy
infrastructure and services in today’s highly competitive environment,”
said Kumar Srikantan, president and CEO of Pluribus Networks.
“Supermicro’s innovative MicroBlade architecture with integrated 10/40
GbE SDN-enabled switches maximizes server density, reduces cabling, and
lowers latency in hyperscale data center, cloud and enterprise
environments,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro.
“With 112 ultra low power, 8-core Atom nodes in 6U and integrated
next-gen switch modules featuring hypervisor OS technologies from
Pluribus Networks, MicroBlade provides the perfect power, space and
cost-saving microserver solution. The MicroBlade complete solutions
reduce deployment time and optimize resource utilization to accelerate
productivity and infrastructure ROI.”
Typical deployments consist of a 42U rack with up to 7 MicroBlade
chassis, offering 784 servers, or, alternatively, a combination of the
MicroBlade, Supermicro storage, and the Pluribus Freedom Server-Switch
as an OpenStack-based cloud controller, a fully featured cloud rack.
The Supermicro MicroBlade microserver consists of the following:
112x Intel® Atom™ C2000 Nodes
4x MicroBlade SDN Switches
Intel® FM5224 Ethernet Switch
Intel® Atom™ C2000 Processor
2x 40Gbps QSFP uplinks
8x 10Gbps SFP+ uplinks
1x 1Gbps RJ45 uplinks
56x 2.5Gbps downlinks
1x RJ45 Console port
1x Chassis Management Module (CMM)
8x Redundant Platinum Level High Efficiency (95%+) Digital Power
Product Availability and Pricing
The Supermicro MicroBlade system powered by the Pluribus Netvisor will
be available from Supermicro partners by end of Q2 at published pricing,
and includes Layer 2/3 capabilities. Additional Netvisor licenses,
including advanced routing and multicast, the vManage GUI, inNetwork
Analytics and inNetwork SDN are available separately. For more
information, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com/go/supermicro
About Pluribus Networks
Pluribus Networks delivers the industry’s first and only bare-metal,
distributed network hypervisor operating system that enables the
convergence of compute, network, storage and virtualization based on
open technologies, enabling a new class of highly-programmable services
and network-aware applications. The Pluribus Freedom architecture allows
cloud operators and enterprises to better support application
performance SLAs while reducing OPEX and CAPEX and accelerating service
deployment velocity. For more information, visit www.pluribusnetworks.com
or go to www.twitter.com/pluribusnet.
About Super Micro Computer, Inc. (www.supermicro.com)
Supermicro® (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance,
high-efficiency server technology is a premier provider of advanced
server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing,
Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and Embedded Systems worldwide.
Supermicro is committed to protecting the environment through its “We
Keep IT Green®” initiative and provides customers with the most
energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly solutions available on the
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