The future of the data center is software-defined. The promise is for automated infrastructure capable of delivering an optimized application experience. And at the center of this highly-orchestrated future is open source. On March 14, we will demonstrate the power of application abstractions, using OpenDaylight to control application flows running across a Plexxi network. The demonstration highlights the effectiveness of open source controllers in an SDN world, while also showing how application abstraction can be used to drive network behavior.
Plexxi brings SDN principles to a shipping datacenter product. The demonstration will showcase Plexxi’s optically-connected switches built around a controller-based architecture. At the core of Plexxi’s networking view is the notion that the job doesn’t end at connectivity and that traditional leaf-spine architectures miss the point. The IT infrastructure world revolves around applications and end-user experience. Without understanding who is talking to who (this app on this VM to that disk on that server), the network fundamentally misses out on the biggest value it can add: improving these conversations.
OpenDaylight sees the world through the lens of software-defined control. By delivering an open source platform driven by a rich community of varied backgrounds, OpenDaylight is enabling vendor-agnostic control over heterogeneous networks. This control starts with application abstraction and continues all the way down to detailed forwarding constructs. As such, OpenDaylight’s first release is an important step in building the industry’s most expansive SDN controller platform on the market.
Hyperglance for OpenDaylight is a network visibility and management platform that helps network administrators better see and manage their SDN environment. With Hyperglance, you can see your whole topology and all flows in a scalable 3D topology. You can interrogate switches and interfaces and set up and take down flows using Hyperglance’s intuitive user interface.
The combination of these two – a programmable network and an open source controller platform – makes possible an entirely new class of infrastructure capabilities offered across multi-vendor environments. We will demonstrate how OpenDaylight’s Affinity Metadata Service can be used to translate broad application intent into specific network behavior. This demonstration is about abstraction and control, applied to real-world use cases.
Join Plexxi‘s Nils Swart (Strategy and Business Development) and Derick Winkworth (Product Management) as they show:
– Application abstraction in OpenDaylight using the Affinity Metadata Service
– Flow detection and tagging using OpenDaylight’s stats management capabilities with OVS
– Automated Affinity creation in OpenDaylight
– Dynamic elephant flow offload through flow isolation
– Dynamic flow redirect to enable service chaining
– Tap functionality
– Data visualization using the Real Status Hyperglance product
– Flow monitoring and troubleshooting
– Synchronous flow management for multiple devices
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