OpenFlow Deep Dive

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This 6-hour deep dive webinar describes the technical details of OpenFlow, the protocol heavily promoted by Open Networking Foundation (ONF) as the cornerstone of next-generation controller-based networking.

If you're responsible for developing, designing or evaluating SDN solutions, you simply have to attend this webinar to understand the capabilities, limitations and scalability challenges of OpenFlow.


The OpenFlow Deep Dive webinar covers the following topics:

Introduction to OpenFlow

  • OpenFlow principles of operation
  • Control/data plane separation
  • Out-of-band control-plane network
  • Protocol evolution

OpenFlow protocol details

  • OpenFlow messages
  • Forwarding model
  • Flow classifiers
  • OpenFlow actions
  • Punting to normal forwarding and controller

OpenFlow deployment models

  • OpenFlow-only deployments
  • Ships-in-the-night
  • Hybrid (integrated) OpenFlow

Real-life OpenFlow implementations

  • Market overview
  • OpenFlow support in data center switches

Scalability challenges

  • Forwarding limitations
  • Proactive and reactive flow setups
  • Hop-by-hop versus path-based forwarding
  • Single-table state explosion
  • Control-plane scalability
  • Lack of shared fate
  • Fast convergence

About the Author

Ivan Pepelnjak

Ivan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354 Emeritus) has been analyzing OpenFlow technology and SDN ideas (and being pretty vocal about their shortcomings) since March 2011, resulting in a number of high-impact events, including chairing the technical roundtable of first-ever OpenFlow symposium in Silicon Valley in September 2011, various presentations and workshops at Interop, Troopers, RIPE and other regional ISP meetings, on-site SDN workshops for large enterprises and service providers, and vendor-sponsored webinars for NEC (describing their ProgrammableFlow solutions and SDN/OpenFlow in general), VMware (the first technical webinar describing VMware NSX after its launch in August 2013) and Nuage Networks (scalability challenges of overlay virtual networks).

Ivan is the author of several SDN-related books, highly praised webinars, and dozens of OpenFlow and SDN-related technical articles published on his blog.

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