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Show 40 — Openflow — Upending the Network Industry

This show is an introduction to OpenFlow — the why, how and what’s it gonna do ? We discuss OpenFlow with Matt Davey from Indiana University who is using OpenFlow enabled switches and wireless access points today.

The concept of a controller based LAN network is a powerful idea, and the OpenFlow Network Foundation has participation from large networking vendors, large cloud providers and big data companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and so forth. This provides some validation that the technology is of keen interest.

Recently, venture capital funding has been moving into startups working on this technology.

Ivan and Greg both agree that this is potentially a game changing technology, especially for cloud networking with the potential to disrupt significant parts of the networking industry.

Show Notes

You can Matt Davey’s blog here.

OpenFlow Website Openflow coming to Interop

Openflow project at Stanford Uni recorded a number of videos which have great demonstrations of where the product is today.

Greg’s article on TCAM can be found here

Venture capitals has funded Big Switch to develop software in this are.

This company iwNetworks makes switch hardware for Cloud networks.

Details on the OpenVswitch and their announced support for OpenFlow. This is hugely interesting if you are a cloud provider and the ability to tie your virtual switches with the configuration of the your physical switches is a powerful tool. Open vSwitch is an equivalent


You can Matt Davey’s blog here.

Name: Ivan Pepelnjak

Web: http://blog.ioshints.info Twitter: @ioshints

Name: Greg Ferro

Web: www.etherealmind.comTwitter: @etherealmind


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Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

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