[ovs-discuss] OVN vs Distributed vSwitches

Scott Lowe scott.lowe at scottlowe.org
Tue Dec 13 16:27:27 UTC 2016

Please see my responses inline, prefixed by [SL].

> On Dec 13, 2016, at 9:22 AM, Shravan S K <sra9449 at gmail.com> wrote:
> The example that you mentioned, isn't it the same as what VXLAN can do ?
> And can you please compare the OVN Controller to an SDN controller(say Floodlight) ?

[SL] VXLAN is simply an encapsulation protocol, and is leveraged by network virtualization solutions such as OVN (among others). VXLAN by itself, however, does not provide any control plane functionality to enable network virtualization (it is strictly a data plane protocol).

As for the comparison between OVN's components and an SDN controller, I'll leave that to others who are far more qualified than I am.

> On 13-Dec-2016 20:59, "Scott Lowe" <scott.lowe at scottlowe.org> wrote:
> Please see my response below.
> > On Dec 13, 2016, at 4:08 AM, Shravan S K <sra9449 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > How is OVN related to distributed virtual switches like the VMware vNetwork distributed switch or the Cisco Nexus 1000V ?
> OVN is intended to add network virtualization functionality to OVS. With network virtualization via OVN, you can build logical network topologies that are independent of the underlying physical network topology. Thus, you could create a logical switch (a logical L2 domain) that spans multiple L3 segments in the physical network (as an example). Distributed virtual switches such as the vSphere Distributed Switch or the Cisco Nexus 1000V do not have this functionality.


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