Make a New Years’ Resolution: Get involved with Open Source Network Virtualization

As December hits and the holiday atmosphere sets in, it is the time of year to reflect on past accomplishments, kick old habits and set new achievements for the next year.

Some people make plans to get healthy. Other people have career aspirations and make plans to acquire new skills. Some people just want to become connected with like-minded people.

This year, Midokura made big contributions to open networking: open sourcing Midonet, joining openNFV and Dell’s Open Networking which Dell coins disaggregation as the New Black.

In the spirit of giving and hoping to influence your goal-setting, we’ve put together the list of Top 10 Trivia about Midokura for your consideration.

If you want to check off one of your new year’s resolution in one sitting, test drive MidoStack on, look under Quickstart

Holiday Cheers from
the Midokura Team

Top 10 Trivia about Midokura

  • #10 Midokura means “green cloud” in Japanese.  Midokura is a portmanteau consisting of  the Japanese words midori(緑), green,  and kuraudo(クラウド), cloud.
  • #9 Midokura Chief Scientist Pino de Candia was the Tech lead for Dynamo at Dynamo, one of the first distributed key-value data stores, is a technology component behind’s “always-on” experience
  •  #8 Midokura CEO/CTO Dan Dumitriu designed the middleware infrastructure for Pino and Dan both worked with Werner Vogels and other Cornell professors at a startup before going over to with Werner.
  • #7 Midokura gave away four years of engineering to the open source community and made the code behind MidoNet generally available as open source under the Apache 2.0 free software license.
  • #6 MidoNet itself leverages opensource projects like Apache Zookeeper and Cassandra.
  • #5 Midokura employees are on 3 continents, in 4 time zones (Pacific Time, Central European Time, Israel Time, Japan Standard Time)
  • #4 Midokura employees previously worked for Amazon, Google, AMD, CERN, Gateway and Lululemon
  • #3 Midokura Chairman of the Board played college football at Kyoto University as part of two national championship teams
  • #2 The World’s top 3 Linux distros are involved with MidoNet – Red Hat, SUSE Linux, Ubuntu
  • #1 Midokura, Dreamhost, and Inktank(Ceph) were office mates (in San Francisco)


Honorable Mentions:

The company received two accolades in 2014. Midokura was recognized by CRN as Emerging Virtualization Vendor and by Always On’s OnDemand Top 100 (category: Cloud Infrastructure) for the second consecutive year

A member of Midokura’s software engineering team (in his previous role) designed the file system metadata virtualization framework for MareNostrum, the supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ranked #57 on the list

Susan Wu

About Susan Wu

Susan is the Director of Technical Marketing at Midokura. Susan previously led product positions for Oracle/Sun, Citrix, AMD and Docker. She is a frequent speaker for industry conferences like OSCON, OpenStack Summit, Container World, Interop ITX, All Things Open, Linuxcon/CloudOpen/Containercon, Interzone, Data360/Cloudcon and Data Storage Innovation. Honored by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) organization as one of the Top Women in Cloud for 2013, Susan is passionate about advancing womens' contribution to the cloud industry and serves on the Board of Directors for CloudNOW. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanwu88

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