Distrix (formerly Spark Integration Technologies) has just released the newest Version 4.1 of its network virtualization software with extended manageability of remote networks while also improving the programmability of software-defined networking (SDN) environments.
According to Steve Mueller, senior product manager at Distrix, both SDN and third-party-controller applications are now able to subscribe to Distrix network notifications and dynamically orchestrate changes using the software’s RESTFul API. Version 4.1 features the Distrix Tunnel Policy engine that’s now open for third-party integration, enabling better management chaining for tunnel services such as traffic firewall/access control lists (ACLs), prioritization and pre-processing.
He said the Distrix Tunnel Policy's API allows policy rule extensions to include such features as intrusion detection system (IDS) and network-asset-control functions. Additionally, Distrix 4.1 features network security enhancements for Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP)-based certificate validation support before any Distrix gateways or tunnels can be provisioned.
“In our ongoing dialog with networking professionals around the world – from application developers to system architects to chief information officers – the term that arises consistently is agility,” said Mueller. “They strive to create on-demand networks and by using the type of software-defined infrastructure that Distrix gateways provide, they benefit from simplicity, responsiveness and scalability, while still assuring security and resilience. “