OpenFlow: Introduction

What is OpenFlow?

If we tried to explain what OpenFlow is, a possible definition would be: OpenFlow is a protocol for controlling and interacting with forwarding behaviors of switches. It allows us to dynamically control  the behavior of the switches in our network. Many SDN (software defined network) and Open Source projects use OpenFlow or support it as a plugin, such as OpenStack Neutron and OpenDaylight.

But It’s hard to grasp what it is, what it solves and how it works only using this brief description. In order to truly understand what is OpenFlow, we need to start from the beginning, before SDN era.

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Open vSwitch: Introduction – Part 1

This post turned out to be much longer than I planned. So I decided to split it into two posts.

This part covers:

  • Overview
  • Installation
  • Simple scenario walkthrough (connecting a virtual machine through ovs bridge to the internet)
  • Basic commands ( add/delete bridge, add/delete ports, show configuration, etc)

The second part covers:

  • Components (ovsdb-server, ovs-vswitch, ovs kernel module)
  • Utilities (ovs-vsctl, ovs-ofctl, ovs-appctl, etc)
  • Modes (normal & flow)

What is Open vSwitch?

Open vSwitch is a multilayer software/virtual switch used to interconnect virtual machines in the same host and between different hosts.

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