SDN Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing SDN and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • A

    application-aware networking (app-ware networking)

    Application-aware networking is the capacity of an intelligent network to maintain current information about applications that connect to it and, as a result, optimize their functioning as well as that of other applications or systems that they control.

  • application-defined networking

    Application-defined networking (ADN) is a networking scenario in which applications have the ability to adapt network environments to meet their needs, rather than having resources allocated by the network.

  • Arista Extensible Operating System (Arista EOS)

    Extensible Operating System (EOS) is a scalable network operating system (OS) that offers high availability, streamlines maintenance processes, and enhances network security.

  • B

    Big Switch Big Network Controller

    Big Network Controller is the SDN controller for the Open Software Defined Network (SDN), a product suite for network virtualization released in November of 2012 by Big Switch Networks.

  • Big Switch Networks

    Big Switch Networks is a network virtualization and SDN (software-defined networking) company that was founded in 2010.

  • Big Switch Networks Big Tap

    Big Tap is a network monitoring application that runs on Big Network Controller, the SDN controller for the Open Software-Defined Network (SDN).

  • Big Switch Networks Big Virtual Switch

    Big Virtual Switch is a data center network virtualization application that runs on Big Network Controller, the SDN controller for the Open Software-Defined Network (SDN).

  • C

    campus network

    A campus network is a proprietary local area network (LAN) or set of interconnected LANs serving a corporation, government agency, university, or similar organization.

  • control plane (CP)

    The control plane is the part of a network that carries signaling traffic and is responsible for routing.

  • 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.

  • Distributed Control Plane Architecture (DCPA)

    A Distributed Control Plane Architecture (DCPA) is a network architecture that makes it possible to allocate control protocol functions across multiple processor levels in the network system.

  • distributed virtual switch

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

  • 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.

  • E

    east-west traffic

    East-west traffic, in a networking context, is the transfer of data packets from server to server within a data center. The label east-west comes from network diagram drawings that usually depict local area network (LAN) traffic horizontally.

  • edge router

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

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