& cplSiteName &

Google's Andromeda Strain Is Spreading

Dan Jones
4/3/2014
50%
50%

Google is opening up its "Andromeda" SDN architecture for customers using its Connect Engine system to develop cloud services. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) revealed in a blog post that developers using the "us-central1-b" and "europe-west1-a" areas of its Google Compute Engine service can now run apps directly on the Andromeda network virtualization stack. The search giant expects to migrate all the global sectors of the Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service to the architecture over time. (See Defining SDN & NFV.)

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

Here's Vahdat's high-level diagram of the architecture:

Vahdat writes that Andromeda itself "is not a Cloud Platform networking product," but the basis for "delivering Cloud Platform networking services with high performance, availability, isolation, and security." The system was originally designed for Google's in-house use to provide isolated, high-performance networks with end-to-end QoS and availability. The company believes it has already deployed the largest software-defined WAN in the world with the Andromeda architecture. (See Google, Microsoft Challenge Service Providers.)

"Andromeda's goal is to expose the raw performance of the underlying network while simultaneously exposing network function virtualization (NFV)," he writes. "We expose the same in-network processing that enables our internal services to scale while remaining extensible and isolated to end users." Vahdat promises that a benefit of using the distributed architecture will be "major performance gains" as Andromeda spreads across the Compute Engine sectors in the coming months.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(6)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
danielcawrey
50%
50%
danielcawrey,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/5/2014 | 1:55:58 PM
Re: Packet Processor?
This is very interesting - a case where Google has matured an internal technology enough to now sell to customers.

Both Amazon and Google seem to be at loggerheads in terms of bringing cool new stuff for IT departments to leverage. Things that can offer great preformance but at a lower cost than traditional architecture. 
dwx
50%
50%
dwx,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/4/2014 | 2:09:51 PM
Re: Packet Processor?
What I gathered from the presentation from OFC Google did which you can find here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4gOZrUwWmc

is it's more like a programmable ASIC tailored for higher touch packet functions at speed, not really a generic x86 processor or a dedicated appliance.  It may exist inside of an x86 server. You are talking about Google who have the scale and resources to develop their own dedicated hardware to make NFV more efficient.  

The underlay network from my understanding is still your basic IP/MPLS network running on common vendor routers.  
jabailo
50%
50%
jabailo,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/4/2014 | 12:59:57 PM
Re: Packet Processor?
Well for one, between two known parties inside a cloud, you might not need the whole tcp/ip envelop in a packet (since you know where it's going and where it's from).  So perhaps they can get efficiencies by reducing redundant data in each packet.

 
PoulAr
100%
0%
PoulAr,
User Rank: Lightning
4/4/2014 | 7:19:29 AM
Packet Processor?
Can anybody explain what kind of equipment a "Packet Processor" can be? Is it a x86 server or a network appliance or a service router? 

Google's claim for phenomenal performance seems to be enable by this function. It would very intersting to know a bit more about it and if anything can be applied to any NFV or CloudNFV activity.

 

Best regards,
P.

 
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
4/4/2014 | 5:27:40 AM
Re: picture
Is that a serious message?

 
asdmognep
100%
0%
asdmognep,
User Rank: Light Beer
4/4/2014 | 3:01:14 AM
picture
Dan,

with all due respects, the photo of you is horrendous. Please do humnaity a favor and switch it for something more flattering.
Featured Video
From The Founder
John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
June 26, 2018, Nice, France
September 12, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 17, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
NFV Is Down but Not Out
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/22/2018
Trump Denies ZTE Deal, Faces Senate Backlash
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/22/2018
What VeloCloud Cost VMware
Phil Harvey, US News Editor, 5/21/2018
5G in the USA: A Post-BCE Update
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/23/2018
Vanquished in Video, Verizon Admits OTT Defeat
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/23/2018
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed