CloudRouter Project Gets Backup from Open Source Network and Cloud Architecture Innovators

By CIOReview | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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SANTA CLARA, CA: The CloudRouter Project, created to advance the development of secure Linux-based open source routing and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies for large-scale cloud companies, data centers, enterprises, and network operators get rolling.

The open source community project has support from important network and cloud architecture innovators in application delivery, direct interconnection, and network and cloud management. They include CloudBees, Cloudius Systems, IIX, NGINX, and OpenDaylight.

"We hope to build a true open source community around the CloudRouter Project to really respond to industry demand for a secure, high-quality SDN and router distribution, something that's essentially non-existent today," says Jay Turner, CloudRouter Project Lead and Senior Director of DevOps at IIX.

The CloudRouter Project incorporates the latest release of OpenDaylight to provide secure network programmability to enable SDN and create a solid foundation for network function virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale. The CloudRouter Project will maintain a stable and up-to-date Linux distribution based on Fedora, including best-of-breed open source technologies. This provides DevOps for networks (NetOps) with the ability to easily deploy an integrated and hardened stack. 

Neela Jacques, Executive Director of OpenDaylight, one of the contributing companies says, "It's great to see projects like CloudRouter using the OpenDaylight platform in brand new ways. The more collaboration among projects, the better result for the industry as we work toward delivering an open, network-enabled cloud."

Key CloudRouter features include:

  • capability to run on public and private cloud infrastructures at scale with a fully-automated configuration system
  • container-ready, including support for Docker, Cloudius, OSv, and KVM images
  • secure connectivity using standards-based IPSec VPN, SSL or L2TP
  • monitoring and reporting with integrated network protocol analysis for network detail at a fine-grained level
  • high availability and system redundancy with failover and synchronization
  • minimal resource consumption.

"As the industry moves to cloud computing, there needs to be a bridge from legacy architectures to SDN, hybrid clouds, and data center-to-data center connections. To accelerate the development of this bridge, the CloudRouter Project will initially focus on performance and security," he adds.