New & Notable
July 31, 2014
SDN bloggers review open source SDN, SDN adoption rates skyrocketing, SDN beyond agility, and they take a thorough look at OpenFlow.
June 26, 2014
HP announced the next-generation version of a popular campus switch. The HP 5400R chassis has more resiliency and throughput than its predecessor.
June 13, 2014
SDN bloggers discuss why they're spending time on coding, Facebook's SDN, and if OpenFlow is the best for overlay virtual networks.
May 15, 2014
SDN bloggers take a look at SDN in the WAN, the basics of the white-box switch, and how useful OpenFlow actually is.
OpenFlow Get Started
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OpenFlow can simplify networks, yet the protocol itself is complex. Network programming languages Frenetic and Pyretic streamline OpenFlow SDN. Continue Reading
SDN researcher Jennifer Rexford talks about her work with SDN programming languages and Pyretic, a Python-based language for OpenFlow networks. Continue Reading
A new SDN book posits that OpenFlow and central control are important, but open source software networking and programmability are just as crucial. Continue Reading
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Glen Kemp discusses the differences between network orchestration, similar to OpenStack, and SDN control, which is happening through OpenDaylight. Continue Reading
HP and Meru announced support for OpenFlow on wireless LAN access points. Continue Reading
OpenFlow can be transformed into a network control protocol that pushes past Layer 2 to transform the WAN and optical transport layer of the network. Continue Reading
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Marist's Robert Cannistra talks SDN research and current OpenFlow development for the OpenDaylight Floodlight controller. Continue Reading
In this Q&A, Ixia's Mike Haugh explains why OpenFlow hardware support varies so much from vendor to vendor. Continue Reading
The Open vSwitch Database Management Protocol (OVSDB) is an OpenFlow configuration protocol that is designed to manage Open vSwitch implementations. Continue Reading
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Jason Edelman explains OpenFlow protocol alternatives and what's important in determining which southbound protocol will work for you. Continue Reading
Is there a role for Path Computation Element -- a seven-year old IETF protocol that separates the control plane from the head-end router -- in SDN? Continue Reading
OpenFlow directs network packet flows, but OpenFlow configuration protocols, OF-Config and OVSDB, form relationships between controllers and switches. Continue Reading