The Linux Networking Developers (Netdev) conference is unlike any other in the industry. Conferences are usually a flurry of marketing materials, slick presentations and hyped announcements.
In this blog, I continue debunking myths about the role of data center switches (implemented in both hardware and software) in SDN and NFV deployments.
Netronome is at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in Santa Clara this week introducing the Install & Configuration of Open NICs (ICONICS) initiative and a related draft specification. The draft specification provides open guidelines for packaging data plane firmware applications and aims to standardize how the functionality of a bare metal Open NIC (network interface card) installed in COTS and OCP servers can be altered in the field to suit the needs of data center operators. Netronome Agilio CX SmartNICs are now available for use as open, bare metal NICs. The ICONICS initiative, combined with the flexibility of Open NICs, will enable innovative business and efficient operational models.
Netronome is at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week where are showcasing our Agilio SmartNICs and software integrated with a wide-range of programmable NVFi solutions with our leading partners including Juniper Networks, Affirmed Networks, Mirantis, Nuage Networks from Nokia, and Barefoot Networks. If you’re in town, stop by and visit us in hall 2, booth 2O2MR! We will be demonstrating a variety of use cases of our Agilio SmartNIC platforms and Agilio software with these companies.
The rapid evolution of cloud-based data centers to support virtualized services and containerized applications will accelerate in 2017 and beyond. This will necessitate a move away from traditional data center security architectures, which rely mostly on perimeter-based firewalls, to a more distributed security architecture. This is required because in today’s multi-tenant and multi-group environments, individual applications cannot be trusted, the potential for threat injection inside the data center is real, and the resulting damage can be disastrous.