SDN, Openflow, NFV and Whitebox Switching#
Software Defined Networking (SDN)#
Many definitions - the main thing is programmability and automation
- Physical seperation of network control plane from the forwarding plane - where the control plane controls several devices
- Connects application layer -> controler layer -> infrastucture layer
- Open flow controller: ODL (Open daylight), Rewho and Onos
- Openflow, NETCONF, BGP-LS, SNMP are protocols
Vmware Nsx is an overlay SDN implementation - or network virtualisation implementation. A virtual network overlayed over a physical network.
SD-WAN: make better use of the internet - instead of sending traffic across an MPLS network we send some traffic over the internet from a centralised controller.
NBI - North bound interface#
Interface or API between the application and the control layer. A higher level interface.
SBI - South bound interface#
Interface between the control layer and network devices - openflow, etc. Often details of the southbound interface are abstracted - the way actions of the northbound are implemented isn’t the concern.