Packet Design SDN Provisioning Demo at Cisco Live

IP network route and traffic analytics software company integrates Route Explorer with OpenDaylight controller

At Cisco Live in San Francisco starting on May 19, Packet Design will unveil the successful integration of its Route Explorer™ System with the OpenDaylight Controller to automate software defined networking (SDN) provisioning of Resource Reservation Protocol - Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE) tunnels. The benefit for network engineers is that instead of manually creating a tunnel, they can use Route Explorer to plan it and have the OpenDaylight controller automatically provision it.

“With our SDN provisioning application, customers do not need to do a forklift network hardware upgrade or deploy a new network architecture where every demand has to be provisioned via the controller,” said Cengiz Alaettinoglu, CTO for Packet Design. “As a result, we are able to demonstrate provisioning of RSVP-TE tunnels in hybrid environments where some traffic may be flowing inside RSVP-TE tunnels and some may not be.”

The real-time network provisioning by SDN controllers and the successful monitoring and management of SDN applications requires always-current network models and traffic load profiles. Because Route Explorer uniquely captures the current topology and all routing events in real time, it does not depend on applications making reservation requests to the controller. Instead, it applies a rich set of analytics to compute paths, current and expected traffic levels, and end-to-end delays. This means it can easily expand beyond tunnels as well as integrate with additional controllers to fill the SDN management void.

Packet Design customers who are early adopters of SDN and have begun exploring the capabilities of the OpenDaylight controller requested the integration. In particular, service providers – who stand to benefit the most from the programmability that SDN offers – are showing keen interest in analytics and orchestration. Packet Design technology is already being used by one very large service provider in its SDN prototype deployment.

“SDN is that mountain top in the distance that you want to be on, but getting from here to there is the challenge,” said Matt Sherrod, vice president of product management for Packet Design. “From a management perspective, Packet Design can bridge legacy and new network technology, expanding SDN from the data center to the WAN so that the true promise of software defined networking can be fulfilled. This integration is the first step in our larger plans for SDN management.”

While much of the current industry focus on SDN is in the software-defined data center, where management challenges are less complex, Packet Design is enabling SDN in the routed wide area network (WAN), which needs best practices and tools for management visibility and policy-based control. Packet Design is developing its Network Access Broker (NAB), which will verify if the network can handle the routing and traffic demands of SDN applications without impacting other applications adversely, so that the requests can be accepted or denied. In addition, the NAB will offer alternative network configurations to the SDN controller if the application request would have a negative effect on service delivery.

To see a demo of the Route Explorer System SDN provisioning, visit Packet Design at Cisco Live in booth #310. Matt Sherrod will be available for interviews on site.