Midokura Partners with Fujitsu for OpenStack SDN Deployment

In a partnership that seems relatively straightforward and has few details, Fujitsu is partnering with Midokura for its OpenStack based cloud platform.

The Fujitsu private cloud platform software is based on the open source OpenStack cloud platform, and Fujitsu as a company is a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation. Midokura is also no stranger to OpenStack, and its MidoNet network virtualization platform is a supported plug-in to the OpenStack Neutron project.

Full financial details on the partnership have not been disclosed, though Dan Conde, director of products at Midokura, told Enterprise Networking Planet that the sales and technical reach of Fujitsu is a great complement to Midokura.

From a technology perspective, given that the Fujitsu system is OpenStack-based with a MidoNet plug-in for the OpenStack Neutron networking project, there is no “heavy lifting” needed to make the Midokura and Fujitsu cloud technologies work together.

It’s not clear at this point how the joint Midokura Fujitsu solution will be sold or supported.

“Details are to be worked out upon the availability towards the end of the year,” Conde said.

Midokura’s MidoNet provides an overlay approach to enable network virtualization. In a video interview with Midokura CEO Dan Mihai Dumitriu in 2013, he explained how the overlay approach works.

Midokura is one of multiple vendors with SDN plug-ins for OpenStack. VMware’s NSX, which was first announced in August of 2013, is one of the options. Startup PLUMGrid is also active in the space. PLUMgrid announced its PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite last month alongside a partnership with Swisscom.

Midokura’s MidoNet isn’t just about OpenStack. Since the MidoNet 1.2 update in October of 2013, the platform has included a Layer 2 gateway that enables MidoNet deployments to span both OpenStack and non-OpenStack cloud environments.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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