Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Definition

What is SDN? The physical separation of the network control plane from the forwarding plane, and where a control plane controls several devices.

SDN Definition

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging architecture that is dynamic, manageable, cost-effective, and adaptable, making it ideal for the high-bandwidth, dynamic nature of today’s applications. This architecture decouples the network control and forwarding functions

enabling the network control to become directly programmable and the underlying infrastructure to be abstracted for applications and network services. The OpenFlow® protocol is a foundational element for building SDN solutions.

The SDN Architecture is:

DIRECTLY PROGRAMMABLE

Network control is directly programmable because it is decoupled from forwarding functions.

AGILE

Abstracting control from forwarding lets administrators dynamically adjust network-wide traffic flow to meet changing needs.

CENTRALLY MANAGED

Network intelligence is (logically) centralized in software-based SDN controllers that maintain a global view of the network, which appears to applications and policy engines as a single, logical switch.

PROGRAMMATICALLY CONFIGURED

SDN lets network managers configure, manage, secure, and optimize network resources very quickly via dynamic, automated SDN programs, which they can write themselves because the programs do not depend on proprietary software.

OPEN STANDARDS-BASED AND VENDOR-NEUTRAL

When implemented through open standards, SDN simplifies network design and operation because instructions are provided by SDN controllers instead of multiple, vendor-specific devices and protocols.

SDN Architecture

SDN Revolution Started It All

The ONF, which started the SDN movement, has had a number of notable successes.

CORD leverages the previous work of SDN, OpenFlow and ONOS, and blends in Cloud and NFV technologies to create what is now the leading solution for transforming operator edge networks

2011

Movement to decouple control and forwarding planes to enable innovation

2012

First standard interface for separating the network control and data planes

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2014

Leading Open Source SDN Controller for Operators

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2017

‘Edge Cloud’ solution, with 70% of operators planning to deploy CORD to transform their networks

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