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December 21, 2016

VMware acquires PLUMgrid to strengthen its SDN offering

The OpenStack SDN services provider start-up is likely to shut is services after this acquisition.

By CBR Staff Writer

VMware, the virtualisation software giant, has acquired the assets of OpenStack software-defined networking (SDN) startup PlumGrid.

The financial details about the acquisition have not been disclosed and staff will to VMware upon completion of the deal.

Plumgrid was founded in 2011 and it claims to be the first to have introduced network virtualisation, network automation and security across grid of programmable intelligent data paths for cloud-based applications.

It used platform-based software-defined networking (SDN) architecture to provide the services. Other products from the company include Open Networking Suite, Container Networking Suite, CloudApex, and CloudSecure.

Plumgrid says it has helped companies in delivering SDN projects and contributed to several open source projects. It also claims to have transformed the Linux kernel by upstreaming extended Berkley Packet Filter (BPF) and Express Data Plane (XDP).

Founder & chief technology officer Pere Monclus said: “Today we’re announcing that we will be starting a new journey as we continue revolutionizing and transforming the networking industry to build and expand on software-defined infrastructure for private and public clouds.

“Our technology and IP have been acquired, and many of our employees have joined a new team.”

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With the acquisition of Plumgrid, VMware is poised to expand its cloud, virtualisation software and OpenStack services with SDN architecture and network-function virtualisation technologies for OpenStack based cloud environments.



Plumgrid developments included IOVisor, a technology which helps IT professionals manage an organisation’s software-based computer networks. IOVisor was integrated with main Linux’s kernel and has become an open-source project in the Linux Foundation.

Monclus in his blog said: “We also want to extend a warm thank you to our customers and partners who supported PLUMgrid throughout the years. Your support has meant the world to us, and your feedback always made us a better company.

“Through our journey, we were fortunate to have met and worked with many talented, creative open source communities that are so vital in the cloud industry.

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