Nuage Networks announces their Virtualised Services Platform and demonstrates that software defined networking (SDN) is closer than you think. VSP is a multi-layer solution with a SDN app, controller and network agent with some technical chops. The solution is derived in part from Alcatel-Lucent’s Service Routers and offers multi-data centre networking that’s fully integrated with your MPLS WAN. If this solution piques your interest, find out more in the very first Packet Pushers White Paper where we scratch Nuage Network’s technical under belly.
Nuage Networks has been building their SDN solution for the last few years as a spin out of Alcatel-Lucent. As a result, they’ve based their product on AlcaLu’s existing policy & template software that has been used for years to maintain service provider networks. This provides the Nuage Networks product set with a proven foundation, inspiring confidence.
The Packet Pushers have been discussing the possibilities of SDN for the last two years. We’ve speculated, discussed, wondered and dreamed about what we would need in an SDN solution, understanding programmatic networking’s potential. When you run down the capabilities of the Nuage Networks VSP product, it’s hard to find anything missing. All the pieces are there.
That’s part of the reason that we wrote our very first white paper about Nuage Networks Virtualised Services Platform. A major networking vendor has released a comprehensive SDN product – that’s a milestone worth writing about.
Virtualised Services Platform
Followers of the podcast will know that we have been watching SDN and OpenFlow since somewhere around Show 40. If you’ve been listening to us carry on, the Nuage Networks VSP product strategy will seem familiar to most of you: an SDN application, SDN controller and OpenFlow agent.
In this case, the Nuage Networks team has enhanced Open vSwitch to provide their Distributed Virtual Routing & Switching (dVRS) in the server / hypervisor to provide a range of distributed network functions. dVRS uses VXLAN within the data centre to build an overlay network so your existing network needs no hardware change to add SDN. Even more interesting is that dVRS does not need IP multicast.
The dVRS is maintained by the Virtualised Services Controller, but the real magic is in the Virtualised Services Directory (VSD). VSD is the type of SDN application that Greg has been talking about on the show (when saddling up his SDN unicorn). The Nuage Networks demos suggest that we have an SDN application that will actually deliver on the promise of software controlling the network configuration.
Callouts from White Paper
Nuage Networks engaged the Packet Pushers to write a sponsored white paper where we explain the underlying technology and the solution structure. We’ve striven to keep marketing babble off to the side. We focused instead on explaining the product in concise and clear terms so you, as a network engineer, can gain insight into a complex set of technologies.
Our conclusion: “It’s hard not to be excited about the positive changes in networking that SDN is making. Nuage Networks has a product that you should add to the very short SDN list of solutions available today for your network strategy in the years to come. ”
You can download the white paper HERE. Deep dive into Nuage Networks in the unique style of Packet Pushers.
Don’t forget to head over to the Nuage Networks website to check out their launch details.
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