Examining Open vSwitch Traffic Patterns

Another great piece by Scott D. Lowe. This time, he takes a look at how Open vSwitch routes traffic:

In this post, I want to provide some additional insight on how the use of Open vSwitch (OVS) affects–or doesn’t affect, in some cases–how a Linux host directs traffic through physical interfaces, OVS internal interfaces, and OVS bridges. This is something that I had a hard time understanding as I started exploring more advanced OVS configurations, and hopefully the information I share here will be helpful to others.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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