Thursday, August 11, 2011

Open vSwitch

Why Open vSwitch?

Hypervisors need the ability to bridge traffic between VMs and with the outside world. On Linux-based hypervisors, this used to mean using the built-in L2 switch (the Linux bridge), which is fast and reliable. So, it is reasonable to ask why Open vSwitch is used.

The answer is that Open vSwitch is targeted at multi-server virtualization deployments, a landscape for which the previous stack is not well suited. These environments are often characterized by highly dynamic end-points, the maintenance of logical abstractions, and (sometimes) integration with or offloading to special purpose switching hardware.

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