Midokura Partners with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) to Bring Network Virtualization to the Masses
New Partnership Will Facilitate Adoption of MidoNet, Help Meet the Increasing Need for Network Virtualization in Cloud Environments
SAN FRANCISCO – July 8, 2014– Midokura, a global company focused on network virtualization, today announced its first reseller distribution agreement with ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC), a leading Japanese integrated solutions provider.
CTC and Midokura have been in collaboration on several projects to date, and this service for customers will be available immediately. Combining CTC’s track record and know-how in building cloud infrastructure with Midokura’s MidoNet network virtualization software will enable the creation of a flexible and highly scalable cloud infrastructure demanded by modern IT infrastructure owners.
Flexible infrastructure has become increasingly critical to customers who demand rapid deployment of business applications. Whether customers adopt private or public clouds, are moving from proof of concept to production, or are early or late adopters, it is critical for them to consider the use of virtual networks since networks are critical to the operation of any cloud infrastructure.
With a proliferation of cloud-related products and services, it is difficult to choose which technologies are the most appropriate. The role of systems integrators to assist in solving this quandary is to understand the range of newly introduced cloud products, determine their capabilities, match those capabilities with the assessed needs of the enterprise and finally to recommend the best solution. In addition to performing a vendor selection, it is also important to develop a migration plan for customers to move from a purely physical network to one that incorporates a virtual network.
“I am very pleased with starting to provide solutions based on the MidoNet product,” said Masaaki Matsuzawa, Director and Managing Executive Officer, CTC. “Midokura has been a leader in the field of software-defined networking, and it is now possible for us offer a new network virtualization solution to our customers, in order to meet the increasing needs for network virtualization in cloud environments.”
CTC has a track record for being a rapid innovator in the development and operation of cloud infrastructure, whether in software or hardware. By partnering with Midokura, CTC offers customers an excellent solution for those who are seeking to build a cloud solution based on open architectures such as OpenStack. MidoNet has been developed to fit in with OpenStack’s Neutron networking component.
MidoNet offers an overlay network virtualization technology, which separates the virtual network from the physical network where the virtual network is created in software in a flexible manner by either the infrastructure owner or the cloud tenant. In a typical network, limitations such as the number of VLANs in a conventional network become a bottleneck and force the creation of workarounds, which either limits the flexibility of the infrastructure or slows down deployment. By using a virtualized network, customers are freed from these limitations since physical limits are masked by the the creation of virtual networks. This type of flexibility gives customers agility and reduces operating costs.
“I am pleased that Midokura has partnered with CTC, a systems integrator with a leading track record in Japan, to provide a cloud solution for our mutual customers,” said Dan Mihai Dumitriu, Co-Founder and CEO, Midokura. “I look forward to developing a range of systems solutions with CTC, to better understand their customers’ needs and have the opportunity to provide network virtualization solutions for their deployments.”
About ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC)
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) is Japan’s leading systems integrator, serving a wide range of industries such as information and telecommunications, finance, distribution, and manufacturing. CTC provides its clients with IT solutions and strong support throughout the IT lifecycle, from consulting to infrastructure building, system development, and maintenance and operation. With more than 7,200 employees group- wide (as of April, 2011) and deep technology skills, CTC serves all categories of business customers through branch and sales offices, data centers, verification centers, and other facilities in about 100 locations all over Japan.
Midokura is a global company focused on network virtualization. The team has a pedigree including Amazon and Google, and has spent more than three years building MidoNet, a complete overlay network virtualization solution that integrates with cloud platforms, such as OpenStack. Founded in 2010, Midokura has offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Barcelona, and is on the web at http://www.midokura.com.
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