OpenFlow @ Google: Brilliant, but not revolutionary

Google built their own switches using merchant silicon. Now they’ve built their own routers, and they’re using OpenFlow between the control and data plane. Here’s Ivan Pepelnjak’s take on the news, the hype, and the reality.

Google is (as far as I know) the first one that implemented the end-to-end system: gathering application needs, computing paths, and installing them in the routers in real time.

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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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