Tuesday, November 8, 2016

FAUCET article on ACM Queue


Faucet: Deploying SDN in the Enterprise

Using OpenFlow and DevOps for rapid development

Josh Bailey and Stephen Stuart

The 2008 publication of "OpenFlow: Enabling Innovation in Campus Networks" introduced the idea that networks (originally campus and enterprise networks) can be treated more like flexible software rather than inflexible infrastructure, allowing new network services and bug fixes to be rapidly and safely deployed.7
Since then many have shared their experiences using SDN (software-defined networking) and OpenFlow in wide area and data center networks, including at Google.10 This article returns to enterprise and campus networks, presenting an open-source SDN controller for such networks: Faucet. The Faucet controller provides a "drop-in" replacement for one of the most basic network elements—a switch—and was created to easily bring the benefits of SDN to today's typical enterprise network.5

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