MidoNet is integrated with OpenStack Essex, and provides a Quantum plugin as well as Nova network drivers for virtual network functionality in OpenStack clouds. Nova integration provides security groups, Layer 3 routing capabilities, L2/L3 isolation, BGP cloud on-ramp functionality, and highly-available edge gateways, Midokura says.
The Japanese startup will have plenty of company. Cisco is starting betas of its Cisco ONE network programmability architecture; HP has 25 OpenFlow switches and a controller to offer for SDNs; VMware plunked down $1.26 billion for network virtualization startup Nicira; Arista believes it is well positioned for cloud SDNs; Juniper is looking to coalesce the industry around an open source controller; IBM recently unveiled an OpenFlow controller; and sundry startups are attacking SDNs from all angles for varied markets and applications.
Midokura was co-founded in January 2010 by CEO Tatsuya Kato and CTO Dan Mihai Dumitriu. The company assembled a technical team from Amazon, DreamHost, Fulcrum Microsystems, Google, NEC and NTT.
The company initially set out to be a cloud service provider and build a public cloud in Japan, but realized there were still networking challenges to overcome in operating a cloud environment. Midokura then spent more than two years building MidoNet.
MidoNet is available now in beta to early access customers, partners and developers. General availability will be announced in the near future, company officials said.
Midokura has raised $5.5 million from Japanese investors, and has 24 employees in offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Barcelona.