Nokia’s software-defined network (SDN) venture, Nuage Networks, has been chosen by Fujitsu to expand its Cloud Service Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5.
The world’s largest OpenStack cloud service, K5 provides Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) using both virtual machine (VM) and bare metal services, with the latter managed by OpenStack Ironic, in a global commercial first. The powerful combination of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its enterprise customers with massively scalable and highly available virtual networks.
The Nuage Networks next-generation overlay SDN solution will help Fujitsu expand its deployment of its K5 cloud-based services beyond its current data centers in Japan, Europe and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. Starting with the data center in Japan, Cloud Service K5 will enable Fujitsu’s enterprise customers to accelerate their digital transformation by moving their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. This allows them to quickly migrate to a cloud-native architecture running on OpenStack Ironic and the Nuage Networks VSP. In addition to ‘on-demand’ delivery of services, it will assure them greater security, manageability and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications running on fully integrated bare metal services.
The Nuage Networks VSP supports clouds of all sizes and architectures. Along with OpenStack, the Nuage Networks VSP supports all cloud management systems, hypervisors and workload types. Providing greater automation and efficiency across hybrid cloud and heterogeneous datacenter environments, the Nuage Networks VSP provides multi-tenant policy-based software-defined networking for Layer 2, 3 and 4 services from branch to the DC, with enhanced security, microsegmentation and real-time flow visibility with dynamic threat detection and response, including service chaining.
Masahiro Ohta, Head of the Digital Business Platform Unit, Fujitsu Limited, said: “The Nuage Networks VSP is ideal for its ability to integrate directly with OpenStack and provide our customers with a highly customizable and flexible IaaS platform for supporting a wide variety of cloud management systems and applications.”
Sunil Khandekar, CEO, Nuage Networks, said: “The Fujitsu K5 IaaS service is unique for its early support of the emerging OpenStack Ironic project, which provides support for bare metal services. Our Nuage Networks team worked closely with Fujitsu to develop this first-of-its-kind implementation into production, showcasing Fujitsu’s leadership in the Japanese and worldwide market. This is in keeping with our commitment to enable the seamless consumption of resources and services hosted within public clouds.”
Ironic is an OpenStack software program which provisions bare metal, as opposed to virtual, machines. This means a customer can use hardware directly, deploying the workload (image) onto a real physical machine instead of a virtualized instance on a hypervisor. This is intended for when a virtualized environment is not ideal, and a physical, bare metal server is preferred.