Midokura’s SDN Product, MidoNet Becomes Open Source
Midokura is a software defined networking company who’s product, MidoNet, aims to provide functionality for Layer 2 through Layer 4 of the OSI model. On November 3rd, Midokura announced that MidoNet has become available under the Apache 2.0 license, allowing the open source community to use and contribute to the MidoNet software.
A Closer Look at MidoNet
MidoNet boasts a large feature set. Besides including routing and switch capabilities, MidoNet also uses a distributed architecture to enable high availability of the networks being virtualized. This distributed architecture also allows MidoNet to scale easily as networks grow in evolve. MidoNet also provides load balancing functionality NAT, ACLs, and firewall features. Gateway services are also available as an active-active deployment, and the solution can be managed via a Restful API.
MidoNet and OpenStack
Besides offering integration for vSphere and Cumulus linux, Midokura has been focused on OpenStack. One of the key drivers behind making MidoNet open source is to convince organizations to leverage MidoNet over the OVS plugin inside of Neutron networking. This will remove the single point of failure within the default OVS plugin, reduce overhead by not storing IP tables locally, and add network services like firewall and NAT to OpenStack. MidoNet can also be configured and managed via OpenStack Horizon and the Neutron CLI.
By making their flagship product, MidoNet available under the Apache 2.0 lisncece, Midokura seeks to enhance networking within OpenStack, which has been one of the biggest growing pains of the cloud software suite. For more information on MidoKura and MidoNet, the press release can be found here.