Midokura, the global innovator in software network virtualization, today announced the latest release of Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM), a scalable network virtualization solution designed for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds. The new release provides the most robust network virtualization overlay solution for connectivity between multi-site OpenStack clouds, and delivers a modern new Software Defined Networking (SDN) approach to container orchestration engines, including Kubernetes and Docker Swarm.
The award-winning MEM technology offers an intelligent, software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, allowing operators to build isolated networks in software overlaying pre-existing hardware-based network infrastructure. Designed for distributed computing, MEM provides per-tenant network control so that operators can create and make changes to the virtual network without disturbing the physical infrastructure via the intuitive MidoNet Manager. Mido Insights provides end-to-end operational tools, including advanced analytics and dynamic visualization of the virtual network.
Significant new features and functionality in the latest MEM release provide enhanced scalability, simplicity and security. What’s more, the new version now also includes the following:
Router Peering. The new Midokura router peering feature provides overlay connectivity between multiple sites where OpenStack is deployed, say between Data Center #1 and #2, with VXLAN tunneling. This enables direct connectivity between multiple sites, forgoing the need for constant backup procedures in other disaster recovery scenarios, and reduces control traffic and broadcast storms across multiple sites.
MEM Insights with Fabric Topology. A new feature in the MidoNet Manager provides the correlation of the overlay with the current and historical events happening in the underlay. This feature enables real-time visualization of the fabric topology in relation to the logical switches and routers, the connectivity scheme about the virtual and physical switch ports in the underlay.
This level of insights provides the ability to examine a series of events, and root causing networking issues and/or failures.
Integration with Container Orchestration. MEM delivers enterprise-class networking to any Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform, beginning with Kubernetes, to make networks as agile as needed. Unlike other container networking implementations, MEM allocates subnets by namespaces, allowing for the spawning of as many pods per node as needed with no limit.
More efficient use of memory. In this release of MEM, drastic memory improvements have been made. Memory usage has been improved by 75% for the MidoNet agent. More efficient use of memory by the VMs can lead to better application stability and improve application response time.