SDN Definitions

  • E

    Embrane

    Embrane is a company that makes software products for the delivery of SDN (sofware-defined networking) services, including load balancers, firewalls and VPNs.

  • F

    Floodlight

    Floodlight is a Java-based OpenFlow controller.

  • FlowVisor

    FlowVisor is an experimental software-defined networking controller that enables network virtualization by slicing a physical network into multiple logical 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.

  • M

    Mininet

    Mininet is a software emulator for prototyping a large network on a single machine. 

  • MPLS-TP (MPLS Transport Profile)

    The Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) is a protocol extension of MPLS designed to speed up and shape network traffic in operator transport networks.

  • 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.

  • NetScaler (SDX)

    Citrix NetScaler SDX is a service delivery networking platform for enterprise and cloud datacenters. NetScaler SDX supports multiple NetScaler instances on a single hardware appliance.

  • network engineer

    A network engineer is a technology professional who has the necessary skills to plan, implement and support the computer networks that support in-house voice, data, video and wireless network services.   

  • 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 functions virtualization (NFV)

    Network functions virtualization (NFV) is an initiative to virtualize network functions previously carried out by dedicated hardware.

  • 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.

  • network intelligence (NI)

    Network Intelligence (NI) is the capacity of a network to examine data packets continuously and in real time.

  • network-as-a-service (NaaS)

    Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) is a business model for delivering network services over the Internet on a pay-per-use or subscription basis.

  • Nexus 1000V (Cisco Nexus 1000V)

    The Cisco Nexus 1000V is a Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) switch rendered fully in software for multi-tenant services composed of both physical and virtual networking resources.

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