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Open vSwitch in Openstack

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A multitude of Openstack users eventually run into Open vSwitch. Not because they want to, but because they have to. So here is something to deconstruct what Open vSwitch really is, and what it does.

What is Open vSwitch?

In the words of the Open vSwitch website:

“Open vSwitch is a production quality, multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license.  It is designed to enable massive network automation through programmatic extension, while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols (e.g. NetFlow, sFlow, SPAN, RSPAN, CLI, LACP, 802.1ag).”

Openstack uses Open vSwitch as its default virtual switch. There are various reasons for this. The primary reason is VLAN support. Open vSwitch is inherently built with VLAN support, and Openstack uses VLANs extensively to differentiate between its virtual networks. Also, Open vSwitch is works very well in a distributed environment. This is extremely important in a platform like…

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