Cisco Open SDN Controller

Automate and Simplify Network Control

The Cisco Open SDN Controller is a commercial distribution of OpenDaylight that delivers business agility through automation of standards-based network infrastructure. It abstracts away the complexity of managing heterogeneous network environments to improve service delivery and reduce operating costs.

As open-source-based software, the Open SDN Controller continuously advances through ongoing innovation and support of the OpenDaylight community

Accelerating IT

Applications demand is pushing IT to meet levels of scale beyond what is possible with traditional networks. To accelerate IT, processes to provision, configure, operate, and monitor networks must be automated and instrumented through abstraction-based intelligence and control. Robust controller-based applications creation, integration, and verification support is provided through comprehensive development environment from Cisco DevNet

Features and Capabilities

  • Commercial distribution: Hardened, validated, and supported OpenDaylight distribution
  • Clustering: High availability and scale
  • Serviceability: Monitoring, metrics collection, and log management
  • Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) packaging: Simplified installation and deployment flexibility
  • Programmatic interfaces include:
    • Northbound Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs that support application integration to the network
    • Network services Java APIs that enable the creation of embedded functions to deliver “custom” controller capabilities
    • Southbound device plug-ins that connect virtual and physical network elements, supporting heterogeneous network environments

Specifications at a Glance

OpenDaylight version Helium
Northbound APIs REST
Network services APIs Java
Southbound plug-ins
  • OpenFlow 1.0 and 1.3
  • BGP-LS
  • PCEP
Embedded applications
  • Cisco OpenFlow Manager
  • Cisco PCEP Manager
  • Cisco BGPLS Manager
  • Cisco Inventory Manager
  • Model Explorer
Base network services
  • Model Driven–Service Abstraction Layer (MD-SAL)
  • Topology Manager
  • Stats Manager
  • Switch Manager
  • Forwarding Rules Manager
  • Host Tracker
  • Address Resolution Protocol Manager
  • Northbound REST APIs (load balancing)
  • Network services
  • OpenFlow Southbound plug-ins
  • Consolidated logs, monitoring, and metrics
  • Data store
  • Log management
  • Monitoring and metrics collection (CPU, memory, disk, and network interface utilization)
Web UI support
  • Chrome (current version)
  • Firefox (34.0.0 and above)

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