HP VAN SDN Controller Software

Product overview

HP Virtual Application Networks (VAN) SDN Controller Software provides a unified control point in an OpenFlow-enabled network, simplifying management, provisioning, and orchestration. This enables delivery of a new generation of application-based network services. It also provides open application program interfaces (APIs) to allow third-party developers to deliver innovative solutions to dynamically link business requirements to network infrastructure via either custom Java programs or general-purpose RESTful control interfaces. The VAN SDN Controller is designed to operate in campus, data center, or service provider environments.
  • Enterprise-class platform for the delivery of a broad range of network innovations
  • Compliant with OpenFlow 1.0 and 1.3 protocols
  • Support for over 50 OpenFlow-enabled HP switch models
  • Open APIs to enable third-party SDN application development
  • Extensible, scalable, resilient controller architecture

HP VAN SDN Controller Software

Software-defined networking

  • Proactive flow processing — enables highly scalable, centrally orchestrated SDN networks; with this approach, a central application manages the provisioning of endpoints, such as servers or virtual machines in a data center, or fixed endpoints in a campus network
  • Reactive flow processing — enables dynamic monitoring of new flows or endpoints, such as individual user or server sessions; these environments require careful characterization to ensure that all levels of the network infrastructure have the capacity to respond to large numbers of subsecond events
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) — facilitates controller administration and API documentation
  • Northbound APIs — leverage the controller's extensible RESTful HTTPS interface; provide an abstract representation of the underlying OpenFlow network and allow external applications running above the controller to exert deliberative, business-level control over the network; provide the services necessary to support a full management platform such as HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC)
  • Native APIs — allow Java applications to run within the controller as a collection of OSGi bundles that enable high performance event and packet processing; these network-level applications are extremely powerful, allowing the personality of the controller to be extended and customized for specific environments; they leverage a three-tier architecture with strict API guidelines for interfacing with external entities, other Java modules, and the controller database
  • Scale-out architecture — uses scalable, resilient database frameworks, allowing expansion beyond a single standalone controller to a high-availability cluster; based on open-source in-memory database systems, including Zookeeper (for strict consistency), Cassandra (for eventual consistency), and a PostgreSQL relational database, persistent data can be shared among multiple controllers to deliver a scale-out approach to the control of large or demanding networks
  • High availability — provides a "2n+1" active consistency model, which allows three controllers to manage individual subsets of the network while sharing a common network view; the failure of one control component generates a rapid response by the cluster to provide continued network operations
  • Controller security — delivers security at multiple levels; HTTPS is used for the REST API, and the authentication of users and applications is performed by way of the Keystone identity service; controller-to-switch communications are secured through the Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption protocol, as specified in the OpenFlow standard
  • Link service module — utilizes LLDP messages to discover physical links between switches in the control domain and monitors port state changes and notifies applications of link event changes; it is also able to identify multi-hop links where non-OpenFlow devices separate controlled network segments
  • Topology service module — creates a network graph based on information from the link service; identifies ports, computes the shortest path between nodes, and creates a broadcast tree, avoiding network loops; in future releases, this module will enable multi-path services
  • Node manager service module — monitors ARP, DHCP, and IP packets from edge ports; allows the module to provide a cache of MAC and IP addresses for each end point, which provides identification of devices or users attached to the network
  • Flow service module — maintains a cache of flows for every data path and enables service modules and applications to add, modify, and delete flows based on the capabilities of the controlled network switches; for OpenFlow 1.3 devices, the optimal flow table is automatically identified based on match and action fields
  • Path service module — utilizes information from the node and topology services to program an end-to-end unidirectional L2 path through the control domain for new network flows; drops unknown source addresses and supports flooding for unknown destinations; can be disabled for normal packet processing, or can be replaced with a more sophisticated program as desired by the application programmer
  • Path diagnostic service — validates network paths and generates protocol-specific test packets (ICMP, DHCP, UDP, TCP, etc.) that can be inserted into the network and observed at various switches along the path; this provides network administrators with trace-route functionality
  • OpenFlow control interface — uses a generalized approach in the controller's southbound interface to processing OpenFlow 1.0 and 1.3 messages; this provides an efficient and intuitive mechanism for monitoring and programming various network components and for processing new flow messages; packets are translated into a set of rich data types by the controller, which allows Java applications to consume or create messages or packets in a consistent, extensible, and version-independent fashion
  • Flexible packet processing — enables both OpenFlow and normal packet processing with the HP SDN architecture; access control lists can be provisioned centrally, for example, while L2 or L3 forwarding decisions can be made using standard network protocols; this allows SDN concepts to be applied incrementally to the network, starting with the application of network policy and extending to exception-based forwarding, adding value without replacing traditional switching or routing
HP VAN SDN Controller Base Software with 50-node License E-LTU (J9863AAE)
Platform required Server:
PostgreSQL 9.1
OpenJDK 7 JVM
Keystone Identity
System requirements, recommended Server:
3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® or Intel® Core™2 Quad processor or equivalent
Recommended software Server:
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit
Notes Performance (single controller)
  • Maximum new flows per second (cbench): 1.8 million
  • Maximum OpenFlow ports: 80,000
  • Maximum OpenFlow devices: 2,000
  • Typical OpenFlow ports: 1,000-2,000
  • Typical OpenFlow devices: 100-200


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