News Feed Item

Cloudistics(R) and Pica8(R) Partner to Deliver Secure Virtual Networking for Superconverged Infrastructures

Native network virtualization, micro-segmentation and network function virtualization delivers secure connectivity and control between applications and the infrastructure stack

RESTON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 12/01/16 -- Cloudistics, an enterprise cloud computing company, announces a partnership with network operating system vendor Pica8 to extend the Cloudistics virtual networking capabilities to include industry leading OpenFlow™ and SDN. This partnership enables highly simplified deployment and management of physical and virtual networks and secure connectivity between applications to protect against unauthorized access to applications.

Built-in Network Virtualization

The digital transformation to the cloud computing model has triggered a major shift in how applications are built, delivered and secured. Modern applications are being developed with new application architectures containing hundreds of components using modular and micro segmented service models. These architectures pose many new challenges for businesses --- scale, rapidly changing network requirements, redundancy and the need for layered micro-segmented defenses against security threats. Current Layer 2 approaches based on VLANs are slow, manual and error-prone, restrict application mobility, and restrict the number of network segments allowed.

"With just a click, our customers can secure applications within a micro-segmented virtual network," said Najaf Husain, CEO Cloudistics. "Unlike hyperconverged solutions, our networking innovations are built into the platform and not only secure the underlying network but simplify its configuration and management."

Along with storage and compute, Cloudistics integrates software defined networking used for the underlay network, with its patent pending Layer 3 based network address virtualization technology for overlay networks. This combination of capabilities enables true end to end software control over design, deployment and management of physical and virtual networks within a single pane of glass. Underlay network layout is achieved using OpenFlow and Pica8's unique CrossFlow technology, enabling rapid deployment of physical networks.

By implementing the overlay network in Layer 3 (IP Layer), Cloudistics is the only solution that delivers network virtualization at line rates from 10 GB/s to 100 GB/s for switching functions and over 6 TB/s for hardware accelerated physical and overlay network routing functionality. Operating at Layer 3 significantly simplifies network design, layout and redundancy requirements, enabling fully non-blocking BGP based leaf-spine architectures that scale to handle the demands of the largest private cloud infrastructures.

"Performance and scale for CrossFlow / OpenFlow is unsurpassed with Pica8," said Niraj Jain, VP of Business Development at Pica8. "We are the OpenFlow leaders and experts in that protocol. We are delighted to partner with Cloudistics to help them deliver a secure enterprise grade networking solution out of the box".

Unified Control Plane

Cloudistics integrates complete network function virtualization (NFV) including fully distributed firewalls, DHCP, NAT and load balancers. NFV is managed from a unified cloud controller allowing IT to centrally secure and control networks between virtual machines, microservices and container based applications across multi-site, multi-geo environments. Using the unified control plane, virtual and physical networks can be deployed across the infrastructure in minutes and eliminates the need for complex, manual and error-prone solutions to secure applications.

Micro-Segmentation Secures Applications

"Micro-segmentation is a new frontier where networks are split into isolated network segments directly at the network layer," said Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan, CTO of Cloudistics. "The advent of modular containerized/multi-VM applications presents new opportunities for granular security policies that can be tightly coupled to the layout of each application."

Micro-segmentation at the network layer (either Layer 3 or Layer 2) isolates network traffic into individual islands and each island cannot even see the packets or the existence of other islands. Micro-segments can be combined with firewall policies that further restrict traffic within each micro-segment. It is important to note that micro-segmentation and firewalls are different mechanisms and they are complementary - micro-segmentation restricts the view at the network layer and firewalls can further apply permissive or restrictive policies based on application needs.

Cloudistics combines micro-segmentation at Layer 3 with distributed firewalls for virtual networks to provide a complete security solution for modern applications. In conjunction with hardware accelerated routing for overlay networks, this enables fast line rate performance. Distributed firewalls also improve performance by moving firewall functionality to the edge and eliminate "hairpin" connections to centralized firewalls. Most importantly, it is simple - virtual networks, microsegments and per segment distributed firewalls can be deployed and monitored within seconds from a single centralized pane.

Product Availability
The Cloudistics Platform including network virtualization capabilities, micro-segmentation, network function virtualization and SDN router are shipping today. An additional set of APIs for network orchestration will be available by January 2017.

About Cloudistics

Cloudistics, an enterprise cloud computing company, delivers superconverged cloud infrastructures to medium and large enterprises. Its software-defined technology natively converges network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management into a single platform to drive unprecedented simplicity in the datacenter. Customers can start with a base infrastructure and scale to multi-site and multi-geo infrastructures with predictable economics and performance. With proprietary and secure virtual networking, elastic storage, application orchestration and SaaS management, Cloudistics is the blueprint for application-optimized enterprise cloud infrastructures. Learn more at www.cloudistics.com or follow @cloudistics on Twitter.

About Pica8

Pica8 is the one-stop source for white box networking. Since 2009, Pica8 has pioneered open networking with PicOS™, the first network operating system that enables data center customers to easily integrate Layer-2 / Layer-3 networking and software-defined networking (SDN) using commodity white box switches. PicOS supports an industry-standard CLI for Layer-2 / Layer-3, unmodified Linux, and OpenFlow 1.5. Pica8 makes white box adoption seamless by providing PicOS on both pre-loaded switching hardware or as standalone software on a growing list of compatible bare metal switches. Pica8 is a global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.pica8.com or follow @pica8 on Twitter.

Marc V. Mombourquette
Email Contact

Calvin Chai
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software. They hope to capture value from emerging technologies such as IoT, SDN, and AI. Ultimately, irrespective of the vertical, it is about deriving value from independent software applications participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kausik Sridhar, founder and CTO of Pulzze Systems, discussed how given the magnitude of today's application ...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
You know you need the cloud, but you're hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a way that makes the public cloud a non-starter. You're looking at private cloud solutions based on hyperconverged infrastructure, but you're concerned with the limits inherent in those technologies. What do you do?
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
Sanjeev Sharma Joins June 5-7, 2018 @DevOpsSummit at @Cloud Expo New York Faculty. Sanjeev Sharma is an internationally known DevOps and Cloud Transformation thought leader, technology executive, and author. Sanjeev's industry experience includes tenures as CTO, Technical Sales leader, and Cloud Architect leader. As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Sanjeev is recognized at the highest levels of IBM's core of technical leaders.
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
The 22nd International Cloud Expo | 1st DXWorld Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, to be held June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, brings together Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone inn...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...