Pluribus Networks Launches White Box Multi-Tenant Data Center Gateway Router

Enterprises are increasingly migrating key applications and data from public cloud to private cloud environments. As a result, regional cloud service providers CSP,  managed service providers, and colocation providers are all investing heavily in private cloud infrastructure. According to IDC, managed service providers will spend $37B in private cloud hardware alone between 2019-2022. These service providers need a cost-optimized solution that delivers affordable public cloud interconnect capabilities together with deep network slicing for full isolation and security of each tenant.

To help fill this need – Pluribus Networks, today introduced a white-box, multi-tenant Data Center Gateway Router. Optimized for public cloud interconnect. Pluribus is delivering a high-performance, multi-tenant solution at approximately one-fifth the cost of traditional data center gateway routers.

You may recall my colleague Ken Briodagh broke the news of Pluribus joining the Kinetic Edge Alliance this past February.

“The Pluribus Data Center Gateway Router (DCGR) is designed to enable a cost-effective shared infrastructure for multi-tenant operators, using deep slicing to deliver control and security through the full isolation of tenants, and a single solution to manage workloads on hosted and public clouds. CSPs, MSPs, and regional Colos will want to examine the Pluribus DCGR for its open networking and cost points for public cloud interconnect,” said Michael Howard, Technology Fellow and Advisor, Carrier Networks at IHS Markit.

While many CSP, MSP and colo providers have deployed white box leaf and spine networks to cost-effectively deliver east-west traffic, they still typically deploy traditional internet edge routers at the Data Center Gateway location which sits at the border of the data center for North-South traffic. These edge routers do not typically offer deep slicing which is so beneficial for multi-tenant operations. Furthermore, these repurposed edge routers are typically designed with expensive custom ASICs and enough memory to hold the entire internet routing table. For regional colos, MSPs and CSPs this expense and lack of sufficient slicing is no longer considered acceptable and demands a new more cost-effective, fully virtualized data center gateway edge router.

The Industry’s First White Box Multi-Tenant Data Center Gateway Router

The Freedom Series 9532C-XL-R, the industry’s first white box multi-tenant data center edge gateway router (DCGR) that runs Netvisor ONE OS R5.1 featuring new DCGR functions. Located at the edge of the data center this platform connects tenant and their workloads running on leaf and spine regional cloud infrastructure to public cloud and SaaS providers via high-speed direct connections.  With the Pluribus 9532C-XL-R, each tenant receives a dedicated, containerized and hardware accelerated virtual router running Linux Foundation open source FRRouting providing full isolation across the data, control, and management planes. The containers can be provisioned and decommissioned with zero effect on the other tenants and limits can be imposed on the resources allowed to one or another container.  By having completely isolated routing instances, migration of enterprises to the cloud service provider is simplified as each tenant has full freedom in provisioning, updating and terminating its own connectivity method to the desired public cloud and SaaS providers with no operational constraints (overlapping IP space, BGP AS numbers, etc.).

Leveraging the advantages of commoditized merchant silicon and white box open networking hardware from its partner Edgecore, Pluribus’ powerful Linux-based software delivers industry-leading performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional edge router solutions. The 9532C-XL-R offers up to 32 x 100 Gbe interfaces or up to 128 x 10/25 GbE interfaces in a compact 1RU package with wire-rate performance. The 9532C-XL-R is further cost reduced with a lower memory footprint optimized to support up to 128,000 routes which is more than sufficient to support the public cloud interconnect function but requires far less memory than a traditional edge router which will hold up to 1 million routes for the full internet table.

As devices proliferate and extreme-computing is needed near the users of applications of AI, analytics, facial recognition, etc., edge-computing will continue to grow. The question of cost becomes an issue when thousands of locations or more need to be built by colos, CSPs and MSPS. Using a white-box approach may be the best way to achieve the cost-benefit analysis needed to justify these investments.

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