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OpenFlow: Enabling technology for software-defined networking

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The foundation of an open, standards-based software-defined networking (SDN) is the OpenFlow protocol. OpenFlow development started in 2007 and has been a collaboration between the academic and commercial worlds. Originally led by Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, the standard now is being defined by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). HP has been a leader in OpenFlow technology since its inception and is a founding member of the ONF.

HP Networking was instrumental in the development of OpenFlow technology from its earliest days and is a leader in OpenFlow capable switches and complete SDN solution including SDN controller and applications. For instance:

  • HP and Stanford began collaborating on Ethane—the predecessor to OpenFlow—in 2007.
  • HP OpenFlow technology have been the leading choice for researchers worldwide since 2008.
  • HP was the first vendor one to make the commercially available software available on switches.

HP OpenFlow and SDN Leadership Milestones

HP OpenFlow and SDN Leadership Milestones

The ONF, in their whitepaper that HP is a contributor to and is entitled “Software-Defined Networking: The New Norm for Networks”, defines OpenFlow as follows:

“OpenFlow allows direct access to and manipulation of the forwarding plane of network devices such as switches and routers, both physical and virtual (hypervisor-based).” — Open Networking Foundation

OpenFlow opens up networking devices for simplified programming via a standard interface. This ease of programming allows for a robust control layer that can be built to centralize the intelligence in the network and provide the programmability that is the promise of SDN.