Thank you to everyone who joined SDxCentral and Meru Networks for its latest DemoFriday featuring Microsoft Lync and Personal Bonjour support across campus networks! Attendees got to see how Meru’s unique technology helps to simplify Lync and Bonjour use for the campus network, an emerging use case in software-defined networking (SDN). After the demo, the Meru team was nice enough to take some questions from the attendees. Read the whole Q&A below!
If you missed the live presentation, you can go here and see a recording of the full event, as well as other helpful resources.
Do you support other types of mDNS devices of Personal Bonjour?
Meru: Currently, the Personal Bonjour Application supports Airplay services for Apple devices. Other device support applications are in the planning stages.
What models of Meru Collaborator are supported or support OpenFlow?
Meru: Meru MC 4200 WLAN controller. For more details and ordering information, visit: http://www.merunetworks.com/Products/Controllers/MC4200.html.
Is the SDN Controller a single point of failure?
How can I implement this into the HP network?
Would Wi-Fi need special OpenFlow extensions? How do these extensions get standardized?
Meru: For most of the flow management Wi-Fi specific extensions are not needed. To do things for which there are no wired equivalents, such as allowed or max wireless rate a client can connect, Wi-Fi extensions for OpenFlow will be required. Our plan is to contribute as well as enrich OpenFlow standards. We are committed to use only open standards in everything we do.
Are other WLAN vendors enabling OpenFlow? Why? Why not?
Meru: Right now there are limited WLAN vendors enabling OpenFlow with Meru’s WLAN Controller, the first to market with an OpenFlow-enabled WLAN controller. We expect other WLAN vendors to follow.
How many production customer installations do you have today, and how many in the pipeline?
Meru: We have multiple POCs running in various universities across North America and EMEA, with plans for full scale campus deployments by 2H 2015.
What is the hardware required to run these applications in my lab for the Personal Bonjour Application?
Meru: Personal Bonjour Application will work on any linux 64 bit distribution (CentOS recommended), which is 2 Cores, 4 GB RAM, and minimum 20GB storage.
What is the hardware required to run these applications in my lab for the Meru Collaborator application?
Meru: Meru Collaborator Application will work on any linux 64 bit distribution (CentOS recommended), which is 2 Cores, 4 GB RAM, and minimum 20GB storage.
How many clients and flows can be supported with these applications?
Meru: Our applications will support up to 5000 clients per WLAN controller and a maximum of 100K users (via Clustering). We support 131K flows on Meru MC4200 OF Conformant WLAN Controller.
Which version of OpenFlow is a pre-requisite for running these apps?
Meru: All applications can run with OpenFlow 1.0 support or above.
Would these applications work with any OpenFlow switches?
Meru: Yes, the applications will work with any OpenFlow-enabled switch.