This year, I attended Cisco Live for the first time and it was quite a large event. At Intel’s booth, we showcased a network service chaining demo, which was a combination of Cisco’s optimized UCS platform and Intel’s Ethernet Controller XL710 along with Intel’s Ethernet SDI Adapter using our new 100GbE silicon code named Red Rock Canyon. By using network service headers (NSH) to forward packets to virtualized network functions, virtual packet processing pipelines can be established on top of physical networks. But with the exponential increase in networking bandwidth, high performance forwarding solutions are needed. This demo showed how packets with NSH headers can be forwarded to virtual machines running on UCS platforms using the latest generation Intel adapters operating at 40GbE and 100GbE. Watch our recent demo from Cisco Live.
Dynamic Service Creation (Making SDN Work for Your Success with Network Service Header)
Host: Dan Kurschner, Sr. Manager SP Mobility Marketing Speakers:
Paul Quinn, Cisco Distinguished Engineer Cloud Systems Development
Humberto La Roche, Cisco Principal Engineer
Uri Elzur, Intel Engineer
Overview: We all like to talk about creating new customized services for the end user at “web speed”. But today there is no way to automate service creation or to dynamically affect changes (augmentation) to existing services without touching the network topology. This is because we use physical service chains across the data plane. To achieve automated flexibility in service creation, we must logically decouple the service plane from the transport plane—a software abstraction from specific network nodes. Cisco and Intel are leading a fast-growing ecosystem of network technology vendors, which includes Citrix and F5, to drive the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standardization of the Network Services Headers (NSH) protocol. Open source NSH implementations are available today for Open Virtual Switch (OVS) and OpenDayLight (ODL).