Virtualized Services Platform

Unconstrained Datacenter Networks for the Cloud Era

The Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Software Defined Networking capabilities for clouds of all sizes – from small private clouds to the largest public clouds in the world. Nuage Networks VSP makes the network as readily consumable as compute resources.

Nuage Networks VSP is implemented as a non-disruptive overlay for all existing virtualized and non-virtualized server and network resources. No proprietary or purpose-built hardware is required since all components install in Docker containers, hypervisors or virtual machines.

VSP eliminates the constraints that have limited the responsiveness and efficiency of cloud and datacenter networks by:

  • Making the network as dynamic and consumable as compute infrastructure through automated instantiation of network services

  • Scaling to meet the demands of thousands of tenants with unique application requirements, distinct security policies, and committed service levels

  • Designing, building, and putting clouds and services into production quickly enough to take advantage of trends and targeted business opportunities

  • Unifying complex configurations such as public and private clouds with multiple datacenters and bare metal servers into a single manageable cloud network

  • Supporting open source and emerging tools such as Docker containers to gain competitive advantage

  • Providing granular security policies that are applied intelligently, consistently, and provably across the entire cloud

Open Platform Capabilities

Via robust interfaces, existing legacy infrastructure can be managed along with leading-edge software and hardware, such as Docker containers and network accelerators. The platform integrates with a broad range of tools and environments – from Cloud Platforms such as CloudStack and OpenStack through custom self-service interfaces.

Software Defined Networking platform integrates with best-of-breed applications, platforms, tools, and hardware

Cloud Consumption interface: Cloud consumption controls can unify (or ‘federate’) any combination of public and private clouds into a single, coherent cloud that can be:

  • Orchestrated by cloud platforms (such as CloudStack and OpenStack)
  • Provisioned by customers and administrators via open interfaces (such as OpenStack Horizon)
  • Customized via a wide range of development environments (such as Kubernetes and Mesos)

Flexible Network interface provides:

  • Control of virtualized and bare metal resources (such as network equipment from Nokia, Arista, HP, and others) without requiring upgrades
  • Multiple server virtualization environments side-by-side, such as KVM, Docker containers, VMware, and Xen

Extensibility and Security interface features enable:

  • Integration with applications such as Oracle, third-party Anything-as-a-Service approaches, security appliances, and operating systems such as Red Hat and Ubuntu Linux
  • Controllable network resources through policies and templates either preset by the network team or defined via an intuitive UI
  • Customization

Operational Scalability interface delivers:

Key Elements of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform

Consistent with Software Defined Networking tenets, Nuage Networks VSP includes a Cloud Service Management Plane, a Datacenter Control Plane, and a Datacenter Data Plane. Nuage Networks VSP is comprised of three key software-based components:

Virtualized Services Controller

Virtualized Services Controller (VSC) serves as the robust control plane of the datacenter network, maintaining a full per-tenant view of network and service topologies. Through network APIs using interfaces such as Openflow, the VSC programs the datacenter network independent of datacenter networking hardware..

Virtualized Services Directory (VSD)

Virtualized Services Directory (VSD) serves as a policy, business logic and analytics engine for the abstract definition of network services. Through RESTful APIs to the VSD, administrators can define and refine service designs and incorporate enterprise policies.

Virtual Routing & Switching

Virtual Routing and Switching (VRS) is a module that serves as a virtual endpoint for network services. Through the VRS, changes in the compute environment are immediately detected, triggering instantaneous policy-based responses in network connectivity to ensure that the needs of applications are met.

7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG)

Bridging the virtualization gap
In many real-world installations, datacenters are a mix of virtualized and non-virtualized assets. To help all datacenters benefit from automation and network virtualization, a new breed of gateway is needed.

The Nuage Networks 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG) extends SDN 2.0 functionality seamlessly between virtualized and non-virtualized assets in the datacenter. It is a high-performance gateway, providing highly scalable (up to a terabit of capacity in a single rack unit), multi-tenant gateway functionality at Layers 2 to 4.

The 7850 VSG works alongside the Nuage Networks VSP to ensure that policies devised for applications automatically extend across virtualized and non-virtualized assets for a fully automated network infrastructure. The 7850 VSG complements the existing VRS-G software gateway from Nuage Networks and the Company’s support for third-party VXLAN Tunnel Endpoint (VTEP) “white box” devices from partners.

Key Elements of the Nuage Networks 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG)

Hardware Components

  • Ultra-high-density 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) switch providing VTEP gateway, IP routing and top-of-rack functionality for virtualized and non-virtualized datacenter environments

  • Industry-leading 10GE density of 96 ports in a compact 1RU form factor, saving valuable datacenter rack space

  • Highly efficient power and cooling, with redundant power supplies and options for back-to-front and front-to-back airflow.

  • Provides SDN-enabled virtualization with support of Layer 2 to Layer 4 services

  • Offers unrestricted placement of VM workloads to maximize efficiency of server resources

  • Integrates public, private and hybrid cloud application into managed VPNs