Glenn Evans Talks About OpenFlow Security

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Industry Commentary, IT policy
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This year’s Las Vegas Interop marks the first time the InteropNet OpenFlow Lab will take a deeper look at the up-and-coming OpenFlow standard. For those who aren’t familiar, OpenFlow is “designed as an open interface for remotely controlling the forwarding tables in network switches, routers and access points to enable a switch from monolithic devices to controller based systems,” according to an Interop release.

The InteropNet OpenFlow Lab plans to educate attendees on OpenFlow and demo the technology in various scenarios. Given the prominent role OpenFlow will be playing at Interop this year, we asked Glenn Evans, InteropNet’s lead engineer about its security.

“The OpenFlow spec sees all traffic (control) between the control plane and the data plane being transmitted over TLS (transport level security),” he told VPN Haus. “All traffic on the data plane (host to host) is unencrypted similar to a normal network.”

Readers, if you’re going to Interop do you plan on seeing an OpenFlow demo? Do you have any questions for Glenn Evans?

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