Software-Defined Networking: A Perspective from within a Service Provider Environment (RFC7149)
Original Publication Date: 2014-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Mar-06
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
M. Boucadair: AUTHOR [+2]
The Internet has become the federative network that supports a wide range of service offerings. The delivery of network services such as IP VPNs assumes the combined activation of various capabilities that include (but are not necessarily limited to) forwarding and routing (e.g., customer-specific addressing scheme management, dynamic path computation to reach a set of destination prefixes, dynamic establishment of tunnels, etc.); Quality of Service (e.g., traffic classification, marking, conditioning, and scheduling); security (e.g., filters to protect customer premises from network-originated attacks, to avoid malformed route announcements, etc.); and management (e.g., fault detection and processing).
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) M. Boucadair Request for Comments: 7149 C. Jacquenet Category: Informational France Telecom ISSN: 2070-1721 March 2014
Software-Defined Networking: A Perspective from within a Service Provider Environment
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been one of the major buzz words of the networking industry for the past couple of years. And yet, no clear definition of what SDN actually covers has been broadly admitted so far. This document aims to clarify the SDN landscape by providing a perspective on requirements, issues, and other considerations about SDN, as seen from within a service provider environment.
It is not meant to endlessly discuss what SDN truly means but rather to suggest a functional taxonomy of the techniques that can be used under an SDN umbrella and to elaborate on the various pending issues the combined activation of such techniques inevitably raises. As such, a definition of SDN is only mentioned for the sake of clarification.
Status of This Memo
This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes.
This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.
Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7149.
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RFC 7149 On SDN March 2014
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