The Plumgrid Platform integrates security, operations, and maintenance tools, and it provides network visibility and analytics. It also operates on existing standard-based x86 servers.
The company claims network services can be added or removed in seconds, without causing any network disruption or downtime -- which old-school network administrators may think sound too easy to be true. But it wasn't that long ago when server administrators had similar disbeliefs when it came to the benefits of server virtualization technology, and now server hypervisors have become old hat.
Other components that make up the Plumgrid Platform include:
- Plumgrid Director, which coordinates and manages all platform components and functions
- Plumgrid Network Functions, a library of network services to configure the desired topologies in virtual domains -- that is, a router, switch, DHCP, and NAT
- Plumgrid Console, a graphical user interface to manage, provision, monitor and troubleshoot virtual domains
While Plumgrid provides many of the features necessary to fulfill the promise of a virtual network infrastructure (VNI), the company also offers a robust, open API-based architecture that enables other features to be implemented by third-party service providers. Plumgrid has formed a VNI ecosystem of alliance members that is made up of industry-leading providers of layer 4-7 services, physical infrastructures, and cloud orchestration systems such as A10 Networks, Arista Networks, Broadcom, Cavium, Check Point Software Technologies, Citrix, Cumulus Networks, F5 Networks, IXIA, Mellanox Technologies, Palo Alto Networks, Silver Peak, and Zerto.
The company is offering a Lite and Pro version of the Plumgrid Platform, with prices starting off at $1,650 per month. Both editions are also being made available through a subscription-based pricing with an annual contract.
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