Open Networking Foundation Releases Stratum, Next-Gen SDN Platform

Virtualizationreview | September 17, 2019

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) released Stratum, which will provide an open source foundation for the operator consortium's next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) work. In pursuit of a truly "software defined" data plane based on white-box switches, the ONF in March first unveiled the Stratum project, backed by 23 founding members, including Google. After the subsequent incubation period, the official release of Stratum was announced last week. Stratum is an open source, silicon-independent switch operating system for software-defined networks that runs on a variety of switching silicon and various whitebox switch platforms," the ONF said.

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This implementation guide is intended to be used by IT administrators charged with the storage deployment, or administration of VMware vSphere infrastructures on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. It assumes familiarity with storage area network (SAN)-based storage systems, VMware vSphere, Hitachi data replication technologies, and common IT storage practices. The screen shots in this guide to integrate VMware VASA with Hitachi storage were acquired using Virtual Storage Platform G1500 and Virtual Storage Platform G600 (for iSCSI). VMware vSphere Virtual Volume is based on an integration and management framework between VMware vSphere and the storage system, as introduced by vSphere 6.0. There is incompatibility between VMware vSphere and the virtual machine management for the storage array between both primary units. An example incompatibility are the virtual disks (VMDK files) for the virtual machines and LUNs for the storage array.

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This implementation guide is intended to be used by IT administrators charged with the storage deployment, or administration of VMware vSphere infrastructures on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. It assumes familiarity with storage area network (SAN)-based storage systems, VMware vSphere, Hitachi data replication technologies, and common IT storage practices. The screen shots in this guide to integrate VMware VASA with Hitachi storage were acquired using Virtual Storage Platform G1500 and Virtual Storage Platform G600 (for iSCSI). VMware vSphere Virtual Volume is based on an integration and management framework between VMware vSphere and the storage system, as introduced by vSphere 6.0. There is incompatibility between VMware vSphere and the virtual machine management for the storage array between both primary units. An example incompatibility are the virtual disks (VMDK files) for the virtual machines and LUNs for the storage array.

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DNSFilter | August 12, 2022

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Stratodesk | June 24, 2022

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Netcracker Technology | June 23, 2022

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