PLUMgrid Joins Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab


on 15 April 2015

  • Partnership will deliver validated interoperability with simpler and automated deployment for OpenStack clouds

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LONDON, April 15, 2015 — PLUMgrid, a leading innovator of virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack® clouds, has become an Ubuntu Cloud partner and a part of the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab program (OIL).

PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) provides virtual network infrastructure including SDN and NFV based on fully distributed, programmable architecture. Deployed by enterprises and service providers, ONS delivers terabits of scale-out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for virtualized, bare metal, and container based data centers.

As the OpenStack ecosystem continues to grow, so does the Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) where Canonical conducts interoperability testing on more than 3,000 cloud configurations on Ubuntu OpenStack each month. As part of OIL, PLUMgrid ONS will participate in the rigorous testing with Ubuntu OpenStack, making the combined solution easy for customers to deploy and use, along with solutions from over 30 other partner hardware and software providers.

OIL delivers customers the confidence that components of an OpenStack cloud work together, making it easier to deploy and consume cloud resources. Canonical and PLUMgrid will also work together to simplify and automate the installation, deployment and management of OpenStack networking components.

OpenStack has emerged as a preferred open-source cloud management platform based on its openness, interoperability, flexibility and a large community of highly active users, developers, and vendors. It has also established itself as the platform of choice for NFV workloads. According to the most recent OpenStack Foundation global survey, Ubuntu is the most popular host and guest operating system for OpenStack, with more than half of all OpenStack instances running Ubuntu, and 70 percent of the public cloud guest operating system market.

Supporting Quotes

“With our Canonical partnership, our focus is not only to ensure PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite integrates well with Ubuntu OpenStack, but to also make it extremely easy to deploy and use the overall OpenStack solution for our end users. Canonical, with its best-in-class infrastructure tools Juju and MaaS, is a great partner for us. We are committed to simplifying user experience, and OIL gives us another level of interoperability testing and validation that ensures seamless integration across a wide variety of Ubuntu OpenStack configurations.”

—Kashif Iftikhar, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, at PLUMgrid

“We’re delighted to welcome PLUMgrid to the Ubuntu Cloud partner community. The reality is, SDN partners that provide OpenStack interoperability across a diverse set of technologies will have the most success. OpenStack provides a variety of excellent technology choices to service providers and enterprises looking to build public or private clouds. We’ve recognized this and are enabling an ecosystem via our OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL). Through this lab, we run tests in combination with solutions from our partners to provide validation of their interoperability in an OpenStack environment.”

—John Zannos, VP Cloud Alliances at Canonical

About PLUMgrid Open Networking Suite (ONS) for OpenStack

PLUMgrid ONS for OpenStack is a comprehensive software suite that enables scalable and secure virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack® clouds. Deployed by service providers and enterprises, PLUMgrid ONS provides terabits of scale out performance, production grade resiliency, and secure multi-tenancy for hybrid data centers. Built on PLUMgrid Platform® and IO Visor® technology, the software suite lets users create private Virtual Domains to provide isolation, security, and policy enforcement across tenants. Designated as OpenStack Compatible by the OpenStack Foundation, PLUMgrid ONS supports industry’s broadest distribution including Canonical, Mirantis, Oracle, Piston, Red Hat and SUSE.

About PLUMgrid

PLUMgrid is an innovator of secure and scalable virtual network infrastructure for OpenStack clouds. Founded in 2011, PLUMgrid provides software networking solutions that enable hybrid data centers to connect tenants, applications, and workloads efficiently across hypervisors, virtualized, bare metal, and container based architectures. PLUMgrid is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is funded by venture capital and strategic investors. Visit, read the PLUMgrid blog and follow the company on Twitter @PLUMgrid.

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