WHAT IS AKANDA ?
Akanda is the only open source network virtualization solution built by OpenStack operators for real OpenStack clouds. Akanda eliminates the need for complex SDN controllers, overlays and multiple plugins for cloud networking by providing a simple integrated networking stack (routing, firewall, load balancing) for connecting and securing multi-tenant OpenStack environments.
Akanda is layer 2 agnostic and interfaces with the OpenStack Neutron REST APIs. Akanda includes a sophisticated lifecycle management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage 3rd party virtualized routers, load balancers and firewalls.
The best way to think of Akanda is as a network orchestration platform that delivers network services (L3-L7) via VMs providing routing, load balancing, firewall and more. Akanda also interacts with any L2 overlay including open source solutions based on OVS and Linux bridge (VLAN, VXLAN, GRE) as well as most proprietary solutions to deliver a centralized management layer for all OpenStack networking decisions.
Akanda & Neutron
Akanda takes the place of many of the agents that OpenStack Neutron communicates with (L3, DHCP, LBaaS, FWaaS) and acts as a single control point for all networking services. By removing the complexity of extra agents Akanda can centrally manage DHCP and L3, orchestrate load balancing and VPN Services and overall reduce the number of components required to build, manage and monitor complete virtual networks within your cloud.
- The easiest way to connect & secure multi-tenant OpenStack clouds
- Pluggable design works with existing physical and virtual networks
- Open source, community led project with commercial support
- Built by core OpenStack Neutron developers and running in production at DreamHost