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An Introduction to Open vSwitch

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Over recent years there has been increased interest in the use of virtualisation in many aspects of computing including the data-center. As a result virtualised networking has become more and more important as mission-critical services are deployed in virtualised environments. VPS, SaaS, Cloud are all part of the resulting buzzword soup. Open vSwitch seeks to provide virtual networking capabilities for edge-nodes that extends beyond the current bridging implementation in the Linux kernel. It implements a fast datapath in the kernel while most of the intelligence and code lives in the controller in user-space. This presentation will give an overview of the internal architecture of Open vSwitch and examine a number of its capabilities. It is intended for an audience with an interest in virtualisation and networking. Speaker:Simon Horman, Horms Solutions

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