Eliminating VLANs and Fragility in the Underlay with Network Virtualization

Fragile Architecture

This post is not intended to participate in the vendor Overlay vs. Underlay vs. Open OS vs. closed NOS but rather a network centric look at some things I am considering. The simple answer is routing scales and bridging doesn’t in my experience. As I look back at the first decade in my career I spent operating and designing Ethernet …

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Getting Started With OVSDB

Open Source

OVSDB (Open vSwtich Database) is a management protocol used to manipulate the configuration of Open vSwitches and more recently vendors have begun implementing OVSDB in their Ethernet switches firmware. Some of those vendor data plane implementations are already running OVS under the hood so the implementation should be relatively painless. A project I am involved in developing is the OVSDB …

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SDN Product Rundown from September

What an exciting time to be in networking. This past month of September has been a blur of SDN product announcements and emerging strategies. At the top of the heap was the NSX announcement from a software company in Vmware that encapsulated Nicira’s SDN push. I am an unabashed Casado fan boy so whatevers. Humility and genius is lightning striking …

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The OpenFlow Overlay

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Integrating SDN beyond the data center is still the wild west. The needs are very similar, traffic classification and policy instantiation at the edge. Data center solutions then abstract the underlying network with tunneling/encapsulation mechanisms to achieve IP mobility among other things. Outside the data center, some may care about choosing a forwarding path beyond the SPF calculation accounting for …

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OpenDaylight Maven and OSGI Dev Notes

Osgi Maven

Prior to OpenDaylight I had only used the ODGI framework with David Ericson’s Beacon contorller. I wanted to dump some of my notes from code hacking over the past couple of weeks. Most of the time has been spent getting used to OSGI and Maven. After the Maven and OSGI overviews, I list my dev notes for setting OSGI log …

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Compiling Wireshark to Install the OpenFlow Dissector on a MAC

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For those looking to learn or begin some development work with OpenFlow your trusty friend is the OpenFlow Wireshark dissector. Unfortunately it is still not available as a built in plugin packaged with the Wireshark binary yet. So in the meantime it requires compiling wireshark to get the C header files to generate the shared object file to drop into …

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Pre-Built OpenDaylight VM Images

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While there is still some uncertainty on the platform details of OpenDaylight, there isn’t uncertainty in my mind, where I will be devoting my time for the rest of the year. I put up a couple of Pre-Built OpenDaylight VM Image, made up of the two proposed bootstrap controllers and OpenFlow tools, on a couple of VM images. I split …

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SDN, OpenFlow and OpenDaylight Updates and Recordings

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It’s been a busy few weeks in the SDN debate. I am posting some SDN updates from April along with some recordings from various events. The Open Networking Summit held its event. Only a few of the videos have posted so far. The keynotes and presentations that stuck out to me were, Rose Schooler from Intel, Bruce Davie from Nicira/Vmware, …

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