Feeds

Google exposes its Andromeda software-defined networking

Search giant plugs cloud customers into its thrumming network arteries

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Google is exposing the beating heart of its distributed infrastructure to developers of its cloud services.

The company announced on Wednesday that developers using the us-central1-b and europe-west1-a zones of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service will now be running their apps directly on top of Andromeda, Google's network virtualization technology.

"Andromeda is a Software Defined Networking (SDN)-based substrate for our network virtualization efforts," explained Google distinguished engineer Amin Vahdat in a blog post on Wednesday. "It is the orchestration point for provisioning, configuring, and managing virtual networks and in-network packet processing."

The Andromeda technology allows Google to offer developers "distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) protection, transparent service load balancing, access control lists, and firewalls" along with bandwidth provisioning, virtual machine migration, and increased performance regarding network latency.

AndromedaGoogle

Andromeda: the fundamental networking substrate of Google's cloud

"Andromeda will enable Cloud Platform to expose more and more of Google’s raw network infrastructure performance to all GCE virtual machines (VMs)," he wrote in a blog describing the technology. "Some of the most valuable enhancements enable VMs built on supporting Linux kernels to exploit offload/multi-queue capabilities. I encourage interested customers to create new GCE VMs using the Debian backports-image."

The company gave further details on the technology at a presentation at the Open Networking Summit in early March, where Vahdat said Andromeda splits network function virtualization (NFV) between software switches and "commodity packet processors". This gives it a large number of features but not at the cost of network performance.

Google's goals for NFV are "native performance, full isolation, extensible NFV, high available [and] scale out to many VMs," read a slide given by Vahdat at the conference. Given the scale at which Google operates, "many VMs" is likely better summarized as millions.

The Andromeda reveal follows Google dramatically cutting the prices of its cloud storage and compute last week as the company attempts to create another non-advertising business for itself and in the process go head-to-head with Amazon and Microsoft in a battle for (more) data from cloudy consumers.

"Cloud Platform's network will continue to be an agent of disruption to cloud computing moving forward," Vahdat wrote in the blog. Not quite a declaration of war, but as good a check out our advanced munitions claim as we here on El Reg's cloud desk have heard in a while. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.