Network hardware and SDN Definitions

  • D

    data plane (DP)

    The data plane (sometimes known as the user plane, forwarding plane, carrier plane or bearer plane) is the part of a network that carries user traffic.

  • E

    edge router

    An edge router is a specialized router located at a network boundary that enables a campus network to connect to external networks.

  • H

    hybrid SDN

    A hybrid SDN (software-defined network) is a network where both traditional networking and SDN protocols operate in the same environment.

  • N

    NETCONF

    NETCONF is an IETF network management protocol that provides an administrator or network engineer with a secure way to configure a firewall, router, switch or other network device.

  • network fabric

    Network fabric is an industry term that describes a network topology in which devices pass data to each other through interconnecting switches.

  • network hypervisor

    A network hypervisor is a program that provides an abstraction layer for network hardware.  Network hypervisors allow network engineers to create virtual networks that are completely decoupled and independent from the underlying physical network.

  • W

    white box switch

    A white box switch is built on a low-cost, bare metal device that runs on merchant silicon.

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