Ronny Lam


OpenFlow and SDN – Do You Want to Build Your Own Racing Car

An excellent post by Ivan Pepelnjak, pulling all the unicorns down to earth:

Imagine you want to build your own F1 racing car … but the only component you got is a super-duper racing engine from Mercedes Benz. You’re left with the “easy” task of designing the car body, suspension, gears, wheels, brakes and a few other choice bits and pieces.

This is the current state of Openflow or any other SDN. I have called it earlier that Openflow is assembly which needs a higher level programming language to use it. But the premise goes even further; in today’s legacy networks these controllers won’t help you.

Solutions like Tail-f or NetYCE will help you to accomplish almost the same in todays networks.