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.
What does Akanda Manage?
By combining network services Akanda can centrally manage the critical functions of health monitoring, event processing and all interactions with the OpenStack Neutron API. Akanda takes event streams from Neutron and processes and distributes to individual workers (more in a minute) to manage the lifecycle of the VM. This greatly simplifies the task of monitoring network service VMs and enables Akanda to make intelligent decisions to update configurations as needed.
Akanda workers are deployed to manage communications with individual network service VMs. Each Akanda worker is made up of three components:
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