Reference SDN Controller Update 2014

With ONS around the corner, OpenSourceRouting a project under the Network Device Education Foundation, Inc, will be doing a demonstration involving the latest Reference SDN Controller. For the demo, we have updated the reference system to the latest version of Vandervecken, a project based on RouteFlow. The new design is the following:   The hardware used … [Read more...]

Network Virtualization and Cisco’s Hardware Centric View

As VMware pushes NSX into the spotlight, Cisco responds that the network is already utilized. Scrolling through hundreds of post VMworld articles, I ran into one from Embrane showing that network virtualization is still not well understood.  In Embrane's post they referenced a blog post by Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco, about the limitations of a software only approach to … [Read more...]

NetDEF Progress and Router Analysis Projects

It's been a while since I've posted anything on Router Analysis so here is an update. Everything is going well for NetDEF, projects are in place, some funding is in place and we are ready to ramp up. Router Analysis will be a project under NetDEF and start reviewing many of the switches and routers we have been working with over the last few months. Martin Winter will … [Read more...]

RIPE66, OpenSource and OpenFlow/SDN

This upcoming week will be RIPE66 in Dublin, Ireland.  While I wish I could go, my schedule does not permit.  On the plus side, Martin Winter who has association with The Network Device Education Foundation (soon to take over Router Analysis as a project) will be attending and speaking. One of the important points that I try to push is Transparancy i.e. The Open concept. … [Read more...]

ONS 2013, RouteFlow and NetDEF

Today is the first day of Open Networking Summit 2013. ONS 2013 as the name implies, is focused on Open Networking such as SDN, OpenFlow, Network Controllers, etc. There have been a lot of great announcements such as: Extreme Networks Announces OpenStack Quantum and OpenFlow support in their campus switches. Extreme Networks, Inc., today announced that it will be present … [Read more...]

Updates to the Reference Controller

ProjectW Updates and More After a great presentation at NANOG by Scott Whyte of Google, there have been quite a few updates to the ProjectW system. The bootable CD is v0.5 Support for MPLS and ISIS Support for controlling multiple switches at the same time Router Analysis plans to integrate the changes from v0.5 into the Reference Controller.  There will be no … [Read more...]

Network Device Education Foundation

The Network Device Education Foundation On February 27th, 2013 the Network Device Education Foundation, Inc.(NetDEF) a not for profit entity was formed.  The Foundation has many goals, one of the most important is to carry on the philanthropic mission of Router Analysis, Inc.  The Foundation will initially be funded out of my own pocket and eventually by companies such as … [Read more...]

Building a Reference SDN Controller – Part 1

The Reference SDN Controller Project Router Analysis has been working for the last six months constructing and testing a Reference SDN Controller.  The project has two goals: Create a enterprise grade PC based system that compliments OpenFlow enabled switches that allows for an easy introduction to OpenFlow based SDN for Network Administrators. Create a baseline testing … [Read more...]

NFV’s Impact on Network Equipment Manufacturers

NFV as viewed by the Network Equipment Manufactures What the customers are looking for from NFV: With the advent of NFV the networking industry is seeing a big change in the historically conservative views of their Telco customers.  The Telcos are willing to: Take a larger CapEx hit if it means very large reductions on OpEx Work with smaller (startup) vendors Give up … [Read more...]