Marist College has something many universities do not have: a software-defined networking (SDN) innovation lab. In this video, Marist shows how students and researchers are working with IBM and Brocade to create a more secure cloud through orchestration and virtualization in the SDN lab.
Tucked away in New York’s Hudson Valley, Marist College is home to an innovative SDN lab where students work side by side with researchers on real-world applications. As the industry moves away from purpose-built systems toward standardized compute and standardized software architectures, the students are preparing for the “New IP” even as they work to develop the technology alongside leaders in the space.
Marist serves as the New York State Center for Cloud Computing and Analytics, which incorporates the SDN lab. The center works with companies on early-stage IT projects to develop and test ways to deploy commercial cloud computing environments, and students help support the center through a joint study program with IBM. In this video, Marist shares how students and researchers are working with IBM and Brocade to create a more secure cloud through orchestration and virtualization.
The video looks at how Marist is using IBM’s Cloud Orchestrator and Brocade’s Vyatta vRouter to find simple, efficient ways for people to manage their networks and network functions. “vRouter and Orchestrator adhere to three pillars of the New IP: openness, scalability, ease of management,” says Robert Cannistra, senior CSIT lecturer at Marist. “By having both of them combined together, you not only get a cloud orchestration engine, but also the ability to integrate the Vyatta vRouter into service chaining and policies to make the cloud more secure.”
Working with researchers on real-world applications and cutting-edge networks inspires students to test new ideas that further SDN. The Marist team already has developed the Avior GUI for the Floodlight controller as well as the OpenDaylight controller, and it continues to research and develop OpenFlow and other SDN components that go far beyond campus boundaries.
“We were able to take vRouter and Cloud Orchestrator and implement them in the SDN innovation lab to see what works, what doesn’t, and what could potentially become a solution for the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center – and potentially for the rest of the world,” Cannistra says.