It’s challenging to understand the differences between SDN controller vendors (SDN Controller Companies) and how to perform an SDN controller comparison. Here in Part 1, we’ll compare SDN controller vendors. In part 2, we’ll compare open source SDN controllers. To start, an SDN Controller in a software-defined network (SDN) is the “brains” of the network. It is the strategic control point in the SDN network, relaying information to the switches/routers ‘below’ (via southbound APIs) and the applications and business logic ‘above’ (via northbound APIs).
The SDN Controller platform typically contains a collection of “pluggable” modules that can perform different network tasks. Some of the basic tasks include inventorying what devices are within the network and the capabilities of each and gathering network statistics. Extensions can be inserted that enhance the functionality and support more advanced capabilities, such as running algorithms to perform analytics and orchestrating new rules throughout the network. Different SDN Controller Vendors (SDN Controller Companies) such as Cisco, HPE, Juniper, Lumina, NEC, and Nuage off a range of proprietary and open sourced based SDN Controllers
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Commercial SDN Controller Vendors and SDN Controller Comparison
- ADARA Horizon Series
The ADARA Networks Horizon Series Software Defined Networking Platform (SDN) is an open standards-based platform product that dynamically creates and delivers Cloud Computing, and other implementations of Software Defined Networking.
- ADC Network Hardware Appliance
Ready for installation in production IT environments. ZNA6508 Hardware Appliance is a powerful optimized industrial server that provides the highest performance, secure and reliable application delivery controller to your business IT services, applications and networks.
- Aerohive SD-LAN
Aerohive SD-LAN builds an application and policy driven wired and wireless access architecture, offering self-organizing and centrally managed networks that are simpler to operate, integrate, and scale.
- Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud
The Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud is a flexible, scalable, carrier-class virtualized software architecture that provides multiple industry leading innovations, including the Affirmed Open Workflow. The Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud operates on the company’s AN3000 off-the-shelf platform and on numerous industry-leading computing platforms, such as its partners’ blade servers.
- AhnLab MDSE
(Malware Defense System for Enterprise) is the leading-edge endpoint threat analysis and response solution that offers real-time visibility by performing a full inspection of files across all endpoints. It provides real-time visibility and prompt responses to unknown threats by performing a full inspection on all endpoints.
- Allot Virtual Traffic Detection Function (vTDF)
Broadband carriers and service providers look to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to lower costs and increase revenue from the network services they offer. Our virtual TDF (vTDF) solution, carrier deployment know-how, and evolutionary approach to NFV advance them toward these goals. - See more at: http://www.allot.com/technology/pceftdf/#sthash.Y96kMBi9.dpuf
- Argela SDN Suite
ARGELA SDN Suite is a scalable and centrally controlled software defined networking solution developed for telecommunication networks.
- Argela YakamOS
YakamOS is a highly-scalable SDN Controller. It is customized for telecom networks, and offers real-time network control and global programmability.
- Arista Extensible Modular Operating System
Arista EOS provides extremely robust and reliable data center communication services while delivering security, stability, openness, modularity and extensibility.
- Arista Software-Defined Cloud Networking
Arista Software Defined Cloud Networking (SDCN), combines the SDN and NFV principles that have made cloud computing the unstoppable force that it is: automation, self service provisioning, and linear scaling of both performance and economics coupled with the
- Avaya SDN Fx Architecture
Avaya’s open software-defined networking (SDN) architecture helps companies create the agile networks required by today’s dynamic applications. The Avaya SDN Fx architecture delivers “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity, shaving weeks in provisioning time by allowing devices and users at the network edge to be added easily to the network.
- B4N Controller
B4N Controller is the high-performance OpenFlow-based SDN controller for Metro Networks and Telco Data Centers. The product designed to provide comprehensive solution for creation of resilient and fault-tolerant unified network fabric comprised from physical and virtual switches and tightly integrate this fabric with MPLS Backbone.
- Big Cloud Fabric Controller
Big Cloud Fabric Controller Cluster is a centralized and hierarchically implemented SDN controller implemented as a cluster of virtual machines or hardware appliances for high availability. Big Cloud Fabric is the next-generation data center switching fabric delivering operational velocity, network automation, and visibility for cloud-native applications and software-defined data centers, while staying within flat IT budgets.
Boron (B) is the fifth release of OpenDaylight (ODL), the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks. OpenDaylight has become the de facto platform for service providers and enterprises making the transition to SDN. Learn more about how OpenDaylight is being used in different kinds of organizations here.
- Broadcom FASTPATH Networking Software
FASTPATH® production-ready networking software helps manufacturers achieve record-setting time-to-market performance for introducing new Ethernet products.
- Calsoft Labs Virtual WLAN Controller
Virtual WLAN (vWLAN) Controllers helps large enterprises address scalability challenges, ease BYOD administration, and implement enhanced security, IDS, content filtering and application-aware QoS policies.
- Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC) is the unifying point of automation and management for the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric.
- Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module
Simplify Network Configuration and Provisioning The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) enables Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) through the Cisco ONE Platform. We are extending Cisco APIC from the data center to the
- Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization
Cisco Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software is a lightweight virtualization platform that integrates full VM lifecycle management, monitoring, device programmability, and service chaining in a single, installable package to simplify operations and roll out new virtual network services quickly on any platform.
- Cisco Extensible Network Controller (XNC)
Cisco Extensible Network Controller (XNC) provides greater automation and orchestration of the network fabric making it more open, programmable, and application aware through dynamic application-focused configuration of the network and services.
- Cisco InterCloud Fabric
Cisco InterCloud Fabric helps customers build secure hybrid clouds and extend their existing data center to public clouds as needed and on demand, ultimately lowering costs and speeding up delivery or resources.
- Cisco NFV Infrastructure
The Cisco NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) solution provides the compute, storage, networking infrastructure, and management and assurance capabilities to run network function virtualization (NFV) network services. Our NFVI is a fully integrated solution that is tested and validated. It gives you a carrier-grade solution that delivers high performance, availability, security, and scalability. Cisco NFVI can help you improve cost efficiency, enable faster service deployment, and unlock new revenues.
- Cisco NX-OS
Cisco ® NX-OS Software is a data center-class operating system built with modularity, resiliency, and serviceability at its foundation. Based on the industry-proven Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Software, Cisco NX-OS helps ensure continuous availability and sets the standard for mission-critical data center environments.
- Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite
Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite allows you to deploy ITaaS. Not on a single platform but across hybrid platforms. It increases IT productivity. Provides freedom of choice for developers. Translates technology into easy-to-use services via a service catalog. Keeps your business safe, secure and compliant with regulations.
- Cisco Open SDN Controller (OSC)
The Cisco Open SDN Controller is a commercial distribution of OpenDaylight that delivers business agility through automation of standards-based network infrastructure. It abstracts away the complexity of managing heterogeneous network environments to improve service delivery and reduce operating costs.
- Cisco Ultra Services Platform
Reach for Today's Opportunities and Plan for Tomorrow Our new software-defined mobility (SDM) framework is a transformational game-changer for mobile network operators (MNOs). At the center of our SDM is the Cisco Ultra Services Platform. It can enable MNOs to get new services to market faster, reduce costs, and achieve...
- Cisco Wan Automation Engine
The Cisco WAN Automation Engine is a powerful, flexible software-defined networking (SDN) platform. It abstracts and simplifies your WAN environment while making it fully open and programmable. You can deploy and optimize innovative new services, such as global load balancing, bandwidth calendaring, bandwidth on demand, and premium network routing.
- ClearPath Networks VSP Platform
ClearPath Networks' VSP orchestrates the dynamic and seamless insertion of network centric Layer 3-7 WAN service functions ranging from network monitoring, management & security services as well as local infrastructure services
- Cohesive Networks VNS3 Network Appliance (Firewall/Router/VPN)
VNS3 is an overlay software defined networking product that allow you to control addressing, topology, protocols and encrypted communications in any 3rd party controlled cloud.
- CoreOS Enterprise Registry
CoreOS Quay Enterprise is on-premises container registry for building, storing, and distributing your private containers to your servers.Quay Enterprise is delivered as a set of containers that can run on any infrastructure.
- CoreOS Managed Linux
CoreOS is an open-source lightweight operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed for providing infrastructure to clustered deployments, while focusing on automation, ease of applications deployment, security, reliability and scalability. As an operating system, CoreOS provides only the minimal functionality required for deploying applications inside software containers, together with built-in mechanisms for service discovery and configuration sharing.
- Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solution
The Coriant Transcend™ SDN Solution unleashes the rich capabilities of SDN and NFV by delivering a truly multi-layer (L0-L4) programmable and open application environment for maximum value in a new networked world – lower OpEx/CapEx, new revenue sources, and service differentiation.
- Cumulus Linux
Cumulus Linux is a software distribution that runs on top of industry standard networking hardware. It enables the latest Linux applications and automation tools on networking gear while delivering new levels of innovation and ﬂexibility to the data
- Cumulus Linux 3.2
Cumulus Linux 3.2 is a software distribution that runs on top of industry standard networking hardware. It enables the latest Linux applications and automation tools on networking gear while delivering new levels of innovation and ﬂexibility to the data.
- Ericsson Cloud SDN
Cloud SDN is a product offering that brings full IP routing capabilities to data center networking. The seamless interworking and management of existing IP/MPLS networks with the networking component of the datacenter makes this product the lynchpin for efficient NFV deployments.
- Ericsson NFVi solution
Ericsson NFVi solution represents an exciting next step in building the infrastructure for telecom transformation, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Ericsson NFVi solution consists of NFV Orchestrator (Cloud Manager), Virtual Infrastructure Management (Cloud Execution Environment), SDN controller (Cloud SDN) and NFV Hardware (BSP 8000 or Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000).
- Extreme Networks OneController
OneController leverages the OpenDaylight framework to provide an open and standards-based SDN Controller providing simple, fast, and smart automation and orchestration for your network. It forms the basis of Extreme Networks’ evolutionary SDN Platform for innovation which allows you to choose best-of breed products and solutions.
- Extreme NetworkXOS Network Operating System
ExtremeXOS® is designed from the ground up to provide the high performance and capabilities needed for everything from large cloud and data center applications, service providers, to intelligent, converged enterprise edge networks.
- F5 Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)
F5 offers one of the broadest portfolios of software and hardware solutions in the industry, which allows maximum flexibility and choice as you virtualize your network. Leveraging F5’s heritage and expertise in software applications, with F5 you can deploy a flexible, agile, and scalable network that will help you improve network efficiency and deliver services faster to market.
- FUJITSU Network Proactnes II QM
Proactnes II QM software analyzes communications traffic, then instantly detects any deterioration of quality and accurately identifies problem areas. It has been upgraded to support an interface that instantly reports information on degraded quality to Virtuora NC, and has the network virtualization method NVGRE protocol and Q-in-Q protocol. Now it...
- HPE NFV Director
Whether the needs are modest or sophisticated, HPE NFV Director provides the necessary mechanisms and controls to successfully operationalize a network functions virtualization deployment.
- HP FlexFabric Virtual Switch 5900v
The HP 5900v switch is a kernel-based software solution in the form of a logical switch. This Virtual Switch replaces standard vSwitch in the VMware ESXi infrastructure to deliver advanced networking capabilities.
- Huawei CloudEngine 12800 Series Switches
The CloudEngine 12800 (CE12800 for short) series are next-generation, high-performance core switches designed for data center networks and high-end campus networks. Using Huawei’s next-generation VRP8 software platform, CE12800 series switches provide stable, reliable, and secure high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities to help build an elastic, virtualized, and high-quality network.
- Huawei FusionSphere
FusionSphere is an enterprise-class cloud operating system which helps customers deploy virtual servers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, desktop clouds, and NFVI, enabling key services on cloud and facilitating continuous production innovation.
- IBM Network Operating System
The IBM Networking Operating System (IBM Networking OS) is a data center-class network operating system progressively developed over the past decade to deliver highly reliable, high-performance Ethernet and converged switching and interoperability
- IBM Virtual Fabric
Welcome Virtual Fabric from IBM, which provides fast, flexible and reliable I/O solutions that fit into your existing data center and offers you a new way to overcome these challenges. This new and innovative solution based on Emulex adapters and
- Inocybe Open Networking Platform
Inocybe’s Open Networking Platform enables customers to deploy networks based on the leading, emerging and innovative open networking software. The Inocybe Open Networking Platform accelerates the adoption of automated and intelligent networking for enterprises and service providers based on OpenDaylight, FD.io, PNDA and ONAP.
- Intel Select Fast Track Kit for NFVI
Intel's Select Fast Track Kit for NFVI delivers workload-optimized solutions that accelerate and simplify the process of selecting the precise hardware and software for optimized solutions based on network functions virtualization infrastructure. This allows the ecosystem of partners and communications service providers a faster, optimized path to market.
- Italtel IMS Core and Applications
taltel is one of the first player that enabled its Customers to enhance networks and services with Voice over IP communications for Business, Residential and Backbone / Interconnection infrastructures; from the market leader iMSS softswitch to the
- Juniper Networks Contrail
Juniper Networks Contrail is an open, standards-based software solution that delivers network virtualization and service automation for federated cloud networks. It provides self-service provisioning, improves network troubleshooting and diagnostics, and enables service chaining for dynamic application environments across enterprise virtual private cloud (VPC), managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Networks Functions Virtualization use cases.
- Juniper NorthStar Controller
NorthStar Controller online and offline WAN analysis and optimization. This industry-first integrated WAN controller combines Junos OS with WANDL optimization algorithms to enable efficient network design, runtime traffic optimization, and what-if analysis.
- Kona Site Defender
Integrated website protection against DDoS and web application attacks
- Lumina SDN Controller
Lumina SDN Controller is a quality-assured version of the industry-leading OpenDaylight controller licensed for production networks. Combined with Lumina NetDev Services, providers can implement software-defined networks on their own timeline using Agile development approaches. Lumina delivers multivendor interoperability based on a common control plane and contributes back to the open source community to ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base.
- Managed Network Functions f(n)
Masergy’s family of fully managed, distributed network functions provides the flexibility to deliver essential network functions via three fully integrated deployment platforms. Mix and match platforms to deliver the right solution to the right location at the right time.
- Midokura Enterprise MidoNet
Midokura Enterprise MidoNet is a commerical product combining the most stable, production hardened version of MidoNet for Network Virtualization with the MidoNet Manager, longer term support, and enterprise-class 24×7 service level agreement.
- Mobile Content Cloud
The Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud is a Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution featuring fully-virtualized instances of each key Mobile Core function and select Value Added Services. The Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud represents the next generation of mobile networks: extremely scalable, remarkably flexible, and completely virtual. The Affirmed Mobile Content...
- Mosaic Cloud Platform
Adtran's Mosaic Cloud Platform is an open microservices architecture providing network management and SDN control for the entire access network. It unlocks control and management functions from the underlying network elements, enabling a more flexible, agile services delivery framework. Programmable network elements ranging from the data center to the customer premises.
- Netcope P4
We present a new concept of Firmware as a Service that allows to generate FPGA firmware based on P4 description through a user-friendly web interface called Netcope P4. The process is totally transparent and automatic for the user.
- Netrolix SDN Hardware
SDG (Software Defined Gateway) and SDNM (Software Defined Network Manager) Hardware
- Network Node Manager i
Network Node Manager i is network management software that unifies fault, availability, and performance monitoring to help improve network up time and performance, and increase responsiveness to business needs.
- Network Services Platform (NSP)
Noka Network Services Platform (NSP): A carrier SDN platform that unifies service automation, network optimization and dynamic assurance for delivery of profitable, on-demand network services.
- Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP)
The Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) lays the foundation for an open and dynamically controlled datacenter network fabric to accelerate IT processes and maximize resource efficiency. Although DevOps is characterized by cultural, procedural and IT shifts within the organization, the on-demand, automated configuration of network and compute resources from SDN and cloud management tools is a key enabler to accelerate and align DevOps processes with IT.
- Nuage Virtualized Services Controller (VSC)
Virtualized Services Controller (VSC) is a module of the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) that serves as the robust control plane of the datacenter network, maintaining a full per-tenant view of network and service topologies.
We introduce OBelle, a network operating system that incorporates key safeguards to impose an independent sandbox around each network application. OBelle prevents applications from breaking OpenFlow controller and network.
- OneFabric Connect
The OneFabric Connect SDN Solution consists of OneFabric Control Center Advanced and the OneFabric Connect API, which seamlessly interfaces with Data Center Manager, Mobile IAM, as well as a wide variety of partner and user-defined applications.
- OpenDaylight Project
OpenDaylight, the largest open source SDN controller, is helping lead this transition. By uniting the industry around a common SDN platform, the OpenDaylight community -- solution providers, individual developers, and users working together -- is delivering interoperable, programmable networks to service providers, enterprises, and a variety of organizations.
- Openwave Mobility Integra
Integra provides single-point service orchestration / service chaining and a dynamic policy enforcement point which can be expanded into the ALL-IP traffic flows.
PicOS is our market-leading network operating system software for white box switches.
- Plexxi Control
Plexxi Control is an advanced global platform that bridges the gap between virtualized data center resources and the physical
network. Control combines workload-driven network fabric orchestration, with full network management and visualization in a
simple, easy-to-use and easily extensible software platform.
- Plexxi HCN
Plexxi leads the industry in hyperconverged network infrastructure (HCN) with its advanced fabric topology and award-winning integrations with VMware vSphere, Nutanix Prism and more. Plexxi HCN™ enables commodity switches hardware to connect directly to one another without traversing a leaf-spine hierarchy. Plexxi’s unique distributed virtual spine technology aids customers to build truly flat scale-out data center fabrics at predictable low cost with the agility and performance of the cloud.
- Procera PacketLogic Platform
The PacketLogic platforms are the vehicle for delivering an enhanced subscriber experience to broadband subscribers. These systems are empowered by the PacketLogictm software suite and are designed to enable network operators to gain insights and
- Procera PacketLogic Software
The PacketLogic software is the foundation of Procera’s Internet Intelligence solutions. PacketLogic’s unique capability to both provide Insights as well as to take Action sets it apart from other solutions designed to enhance a subscriber’s Quality
- ProgrammableFlow Controller PF6800
NEC ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, the first commercially available Software-Defined Network solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enables full network virtualization and allows enterprises, data centers and service providers to easily and cost-effectively deploy, control, monitor and manage secure multi-tenant networks.
- ProgrammableFlow Management Console
Providing end-to-end visibility of all network flows with an intuitive user interface.
- ProgrammableFlow Unified Network Coordinator
NEC offers a new OpenFlow-based software-defined data center interconnection solution with the Unified Network Coordinator (UNC).
- Rack Management Platform (RMP)
Cumulus® RMP™ (Rack Management Platform) is a network operating system solution which enables the Out-Of-Band management use cases. It provides an open platform for customers and system integrators to use as is or build rack management applications on top.
- Red Hat NFV Platform
The Red Hat network functions virtualization (NFV) platform is built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. It is combined with key partners to power the complete NFV solution.
- Red Hat OpenStack Platform
IT is being challenged to react faster to growing customer demands. So your IT organization is increasingly turning to public and private clouds for their ability to swiftly deploy and scale IT infrastructure to meet end-user demands. But the cloud
RIFT.ware™ is an open source NFV development and deployment software platform that makes it simple to create, deploy and manage hyperscale virtual network functions and applications.
- Riverbed SteelConnect
SteelConnect unifies network connectivity and orchestration of application delivery across hybrid WANs, cloud networks and branch LAN/WLANs with centralized policy-based management, dynamic software-defined routing and single-click cloud deployment.
All-in-one RunSDN solutions deliver a comprehensive network orchestration and service delivery software platform for multi-vendor physical and virtual network infrastructure that automates service provisioning simplifies network management and facilitates the seamless transition to modern technologies. It enables Service Providers to control and orchestrate Customer’s traffic and provide additional per-Customer network services.
- Saisei FlowCommand
Saisei FlowCommand is a modern, real-time flow-policy control, analytics and security solution that doubles the usable bandwidth in deployed networks, and guarantees no link or user session will ever crash again.
- Sanctum Networks Jupiter
Jupiter is a commercial SDN controller built on openflow standards providing unified network and controller management and enterprise-class scalability. Jupiter provides an abstracted semantically designed user interface that combines with a dynamic
- SD-WAN Standard Edition
Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) offered as a Network Service. The service is offered as a 1 year or 3 year subscription. The network service is for enterprises with medium bandwidth requirements across their locations.
The industry’s first fully-virtualized (software-based) performance assurance platform, delivering network-wide visibility to service providers and enterprises—insight to gain complete control and provide the best possible user experience. A nervous system for networks, SkyLIGHT streams actionable intelligence to big data analytics, reporting, and control systems—essential to achieving peak performance in complex, large scale networks.
- Summit X670
High density, low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet stackable switches with optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks.
NetNumber TITAN is the industry’s most robust Centralized Signaling and Routing Control (CSRC) platform, providing a common, virtualized infrastructure for all signaling control, routing policy enforcement and subscriber database services in the network.
- Titanium Cloud Product Portfolio
Wind River Titanium Cloud is a fully integrated, ultra reliable, and deployment-ready portfolio of virtualization software products. Starting with the Titanium Core and Titanium Edge products for the telecommunications market, we have now added Titanium Control for industrial control systems.
- UNIVERGE® PF6800 Network Coordinator
UNC improves scalability of the network controller by 10 times over previous ProgrammableFlow controllers. It enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data center as well as across interconnects between data centers. UNC’s capability of linking virtual networks across and between data centers gives customers the ability to link to specific policies within the UNC.
- Virtela Software Defined Networking
The power behind Virtela’s Enterprise Services Cloud (ESC) is the company’s Cloud Software Defined Networking (SDN) orchestration platform, which dynamically activates and configures services within minutes via Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
- VIRTUAL APPLIANCE
he virtual appliance format is aimed to provide massive scalability, high availability and increased security for your services, applications and networks. No need of installation solution, what allows a quick production consolidation.
- Virtual FN
Virtual FN via Masergy's global Software Defined Platform makes it easy to combine network functions with any of the integrated networking solution offerings to design, deploy, and manage a network customized for unique application environment and business objectives.
- ZENIC vDC controller
ZENIC vDC controller is a carrier-class cluster controller product launched by ZTE. It focuses on SDN requirements of cloud Data Centers (DC) and is applied to private cloud, public cloud, NFVI and hybrid cloud. It integrates cloud management platform and network management platform, allows unified resource planning and deployment, quickly builds new virtualized data centers, and provides end-to-end DC SDN solutions.
- ZTE ElasticNet
ElasticNet is ZTE’s next-generation network solution. It uses software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies, both of which enable elastic network configuration. This helps an operator meet the changing
- ZTE TECS
ZTE TECS is based on OpenStack and complies with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) architecture, implements centralized scheduling, and management for virtualized infrastructure resources through the unified interfaces. In addition, the telco enhancements has been made on performance, reliability and security, to meet the requirements of telco cloud.
TECS includes six components: TECS Director, TECS OpenStack, TECS OpenPalette, TECS Compute, TECS CloveStorage and TECS Network.
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