The State of OpenFlow 2012 – Report and Analysis

The State of OpenFlow 2012 – Report and Analysis

In partnership with SiliconANGLE we are proud to release The State of OpenFlow 2012 – Report and Analysis.

Here are some snippets from the report:

Testing Session Overview

The goal of the testing was straightforward; confirm that currently available switches interoperate with two of the most used OpenFlow controllers, Floodlight and NOX (using the RouteFlow project).

The minimum requirements for the switches were set low on purpose:

  • Minimum of 1000 Flows in Hardware
  • Support of OpenFlow v1.0
  • Interact with both Floodlight and RouteFlowTo keep the tests fair support for higher versions of OpenFlow was ignored, as were HP’s extensions such as priority queue support.All three vendors who participated in our State of OpenFlow 2012 test passed the basic features tests.

Vendor Involvement

Router Analysis, Inc. indirectly via Twitter, Blog posts and word of mouth invited any vendor with an OpenFlow v1.0 capable switch to be involved in the testing.

One vendor, IWNetworks contacted Router Analysis, Inc. to take up the public offer.

We directly invited the following vendors:

  • Juniper – Unable to participate – Still in limited testing
  • Cisco – Unable to participate – Still in limited testing
  • Pica8 – Participated and provided support
  • HP – Responded by did not provide an evaluation unit – Router
    Analysis, Inc. purchased a 6200yl for the tests
  • Arista – No Answer
  • Brocade – Responded and DeclinedTotal number of vendors invited: 6, total participating: 3.

[box type=”info”] Analysis by John Furrier of SiliconANGLE:
Router Analysis contacted six (6) tier-1 companies selling networking products including emerging startups selling new SDN products. One thing that was interesting was who responded and who did not. We cannot comment on or analyze what was not available. It is our assumption that no response means that the vendor did not have a product that fit our test criteria.[/box]

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