VPP: The Value Proposition of the Open Source Data Plane (SDxCentral)

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The industry is evolving rapidly in the direction of open-source software and hardware, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), Internet of Things (IoT), and a proliferation of connected things—and there is a corresponding need for businesses to embark on significant network transformation. To remain competitive, companies need their networks to be more dynamic, secure, software-defined, and responsive.

A new Inocybe Technologies white paper discusses how vector packet processing (VPP)—powered by the open source project FD.io—is rising into prominence as a powerful way to invigorate the network and support cloud and accelerated NFV and SDN deployments. VPP, a data-plane framework that provides production-quality switch and router functionality, is a high-performance packet-processing stack that runs on commodity CPUs. And it is the embodiment of how the data plane can drive necessary innovation across the enterprise.

The vector packet processing architecture separates the control and data planes—an important asset in the SDN context. To this end, VPP works hand-in-hand with the Honeycomb controller, a stripped-down, purpose-built version of an OpenDaylight controller. This combination of technologies makes it simple to deploy control (i.e., SDN) and data plane stacks.

Indeed, the quickest way to integrate vector packet processing with OpenStack is to use OpenDaylight. The paper also talks about a partnership between Canonical and Inocybe in which Canonical’s OpenStack Cloud is now being offered with VPP open networking components. This is an industry-first open networking solution that is easy to deploy and manage.

today to read the full VPP technology overview, as well as an enumeration of business use cases that highlight VPP/Honeycomb’s ability to simplify the deployment of high-speed, reliable networks. Learn about NSH-based service function chaining, segment routing, vRouting, and interconnection—just a small sampling of the use cases that illustrate how VPP addressed the needs of the ever-evolving modern network.


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