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Glue provides SD automation for more network appliances

Glue Networks has added support for more than a dozen network products in its orchestration engine. The Gluware engine provides greater SD automation.

LAS VEGAS -- Glue Networks, which provides software-defined network orchestration for companies struggling to automate a multivendor network, has announced support for more than a dozen third-party products.

Glue said Monday at the Cisco Live conference the latest version of its Gluware orchestration engine would work with 13 additional products. The added support makes the Glue software-defined (SD) automation software more useful to companies with a diversity of network appliances.

The added products include A10 load balancers, Cisco routers and switches running the IOS and IOS XE network operating systems (NOSes), Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks firewalls, and Riverbed Technology WAN accelerators.

Also, Glue plans to add this summer in the Community edition of Gluware support for Arista Networks switches, F5 Networks load balancers and Juniper Networks routers. Glue is also adding support for Cisco's NX-OS NOS and its software-defined networking controller. Gluware Community edition is available at no charge.

Gluware, which is available as cloud-based or on-premises software, creates an orchestration layer on top of the underlying hardware. The model-driven platform provides SD automation for deployment and change management of network devices in the data center, WAN and LAN.

SD automation cuts costs by reducing the time companies spend managing gear separately as business applications change or new software is added to a network.

"Glue Networks has created a credible solution to automate across multiple vendors and deliver enterprises the automation and orchestration they require for network agility," John Fruehe, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, said in a recent report.

Glue launched the first version of Gluware in 2012, focusing primarily on Cisco WAN routers and switches. The company's largest customers include a global pharmaceutical company using Gluware to manage a hybrid WAN covering more than 600 sites, according to Jeff Gray, CEO at Glue, based in Sacramento, Calif. Gray declined to name the company or to say how many customers are using Gluware in production environments.

Gigamon provides network topology visualization

In other Cisco Live news, network visibility infrastructure vendor Gigamon Inc. introduced automated network topology visualization in version 3.4 of GigaVUE-FM. The GigaVUE-FM appliance provides computing capacity for oversight of the visibility fabric in high-traffic networks.

The latest technology builds the data center topology through automated discovery of attached networks using the Link Layer Discovery Protocol or the Cisco Discovery Protocol.

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