Open vSwitch 101

Jason Edelman writes on his blog about Open vSwitch:

I’ve written in the past about how the virtual switch is an SDN war zone.   Well, it still seems to be the early days for Software Defined Networking (SDN) no matter how much time goes by and I realized there isn’t a whole lot of documentation out there, especially for the new guy or gal on the block, when it comes to Open vSwitch when compared to the vendor offerings from Cisco and VMware.   Over the coming weeks, I’m going to hope to write more about Open vSwitch, Linux networking, and Open Stack Networking (Neutron, formerly Quantum).   On that note, this post is meant to be an easy to read, longer than expected, concise introduction to Open vSwitch (OVS).
If there is any information that is incorrect or should be updated, please let me know.   I do not hide the fact that I’m new to Open vSwitch myself.

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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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