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  • OVSDB (Open vSwitch Database Management Protocol)

    The Open vSwitch Database Management Protocol (OVSDB) is an OpenFlow configuration protocol that is designed to manage Open vSwitch implementations. 

  • OF-Config (OpenFlow Configuration and Management Protocol)

    The OpenFlow Management and Configuration Protocol (OF-Config) is a protocol developed under the Open Networking Foundation used to manage physical and virtual switches in an OpenFlow environment. 

  • 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. 

  • NX-OS

    NX-OS evolved from the Cisco MDS operating system, SAN-OS. 

  • 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 functions virtualization (NFV)

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

  • distributed virtual switch

    A distributed virtual switch is an abstract representation of multiple hosts defining the same name, network policy and port group. 

  • network fabric

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

  • DOVE (IBM DOVE)

    IBM Dove (Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet) is an architecture that allows a network engineer to abstract the physical network infrastructure from hypervisor hosts and make network changes in software rather than hardware. 

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