[ovs-discuss] Pica8 Goes Open Source?

Iben Rodriguez iben.rodriguez at gmail.com
Wed Feb 29 14:49:42 PST 2012


In a perfect world (maybe next month or next year) a customer can start
implementing OVS in hardware and/or software using controller A and decide
later that controller B is better for what ever reason and a new transport
zone can be created with OVS migrating from A to B controllers over time.
Same goes for cloud providers, network vendors, IPv4 to IPv6, and so on.

Open Source networking promises flexibility and many features without
technology lock-in. If cloud providers, managed service vendors, resellers,
and manufactures can come together on this the enterprises will follow.
Reminds me of the Apple 1984 commercial...

"We have created a garden of pure ideology – where each worker may bloom,
secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths."

Sounds like CIO's dream come true.

Thanks for taking the lead with your efforts.

I b e n
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Skype: ibenrodriguez



On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 1:04 PM, Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com> wrote:

> Makes sense, thank you for the information.
>
> On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 12:25:13PM -0800, James Liao wrote:
> > Ben, Iben,
> >
> > I suppose I should answer the question since I wrote that blog. The
> original
> > post to this discussion group was made by a friend, who did not give me a
> > heads-up before he did the post.  Hence I did not notice there were
> > questions we should clarify. Sorry if that caused some confusion.
> >
> > This open source program (opne PicOS software stack, including OVS, on
> the
> > Pronto platform) is completely a Pica8 project. Nicira did not approve or
> > affiliate with our plan. However, we want to stay synchronized with OVS
> > development and make OpenFlow available on the merchant silicon
> platforms.
> >
> > Pica8 currently only tests our platform with NOX, Beacon, and FloodLight.
> > However, given our OVS implementation is derived from the OVS open source
> > project, we think it is compatible to most of the controllers that can
> work
> > with OVS.
> >
> > Hope this answers the question.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > James
> >
> > ----------------------------------------
> > > Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:48:48 -0800
> > > From: blp at nicira.com
> > > To: iben.rodriguez at gmail.com
> > > CC: discuss at openvswitch.org
> > > Subject: Re: [ovs-discuss] Pica8 Goes Open Source?
> > >
> > > Not sure who is the "you" that the questions are directed to. If it's
> > > pica8, I guess that they will have to respond. If it's Nicira (or me),
> > > then I do not know of any plans for Nicira to sell or support Ethernet
> > > switching hardware. (I've been away for a week, maybe our plans
> > > changed
> > > ;-)
> > >
> > > I also don't know of plans to test OVS interoperation against any
> > > controllers other than Nicira's own. Of course, we want OVS to
> > > correctly interoperate with a wide variety of controllers and so we
> > > accept bug reports and patches. I believe that the ONF has a "testing"
> > > working group, so perhaps Nicira or someone else will validate OVS
> > > against a testsuite that the ONF develops.
> > >
> > > On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 10:43:26AM -0800, Iben Rodriguez wrote:
> > > > Pica8 is both a hardware switch vendor and open source software
> > > > provider, is that right?
> > > >
> > > > Now we can get ethernet switching hardware and commercial support
> > > > for open vswitch from you?
> > > >
> > > > What OVS controllers will you test interoperation with?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks!
> > > >
> > > > I b e n
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Sun, Feb 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Ben Pfaff <blp at nicira.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 09:41:48AM +0100, Guillaume FORTAINE wrote:
> > > > > > http://pica8.org/blogs/?p=137
> > > > >
> > > > > Interesting, especially the diagram, which includes a box labeled
> > > > > "Open vSwitch". Thanks for passing this along.
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