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IBM Programmable Network Controller

  1. 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet IBM Programmable Network Controller Harnessing Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow to build agile data centers Enterprises, trading centers and network operators are looking for ways Highlights to simplify, streamline and virtualize their data centers. Software Defined Networking (SDN) with OpenFlow is emerging as a compelling way to Easily and cost-effectively deploy, ●● ● ● build fast, agile and intelligent networks. Data flow control is abstracted customize, control, monitor and manage scalable and agile network infrastructures from static individual switches to dynamic programmable network-level control. Administrators can quickly create and control virtual networks ●● ● ● Support virtualized, dynamic workloads in for each application environment or network service. They can scale the data center with an OpenFlow-based physical network infrastructure highly virtualized application infrastructures, multi-tenant networks on public or private clouds. ●● ● ● Centrally configure and enforce secure multi-tenant networks The IBM Programmable Network Controller (IBM PNC) provides Centralize control of the network for ease ●● ● ● an OpenFlow-based network fabric with centralized control of network of configuration, management and quick response to changing network state for flows and unlimited virtual machine (VM) mobility—implemented in improved and simplified network opera- enterprise-class software. The controller software automatically and tions Enable rapid scale out of new and continuously discovers the OpenFlow network topology and maps existing applications on highly virtualized physical and virtual traffic flows across any OpenFlow-based data center infrastructures network environment. The IBM PNC helps provide a highly reliable, ●● ● ● Increase overall system reliability and edge-to-edge system network fabric that can be defined for multi-tenant availability with advanced network awareness and automation environments. Granular policy enforcements ensure secure isolation across multiple tenants. Administrators can use the IBM PNC to attach policies that direct overall network operations, saving management time and helping to ensure that data center system and network deployments are aligned with business strategy. By implementing the network fabric’s packet forwarding control logic in a software-defined controller, the IBM PNC centralizes the conventional packet forwarding logic that is traditionally embedded in the control
  2. 2. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheetplane function of conventional Ethernet switches and routers.The IBM PNC can provide end-to-end visualization andmonitoring that is not found in the conventional networks.Operations personnel can now have complete visibility intothe network and build reliable, fast recovery and convergence inthe data centers. Unlike conventional switches that are staticallyconfigured once and then must be configured whenever appli-cation workloads change or traffic patterns fluctuate, adminis-trators can use the IBM PNC to dynamically direct trafficacross multiple switches throughout one or more data centers.Simplified, highly available networksThe IBM PNC centralizes the control and configuration of theentire network. Global real-time visibility of the entire networkmeans that all the links in the network can be active at all times.By contrast, traditional networks running Spanning TreeProtocol (STP) render many links unusable—and have slowernetwork convergence time when a device goes offline.The IBM PNC supports a feature called “Equal CostMultipath” (ECMP), which defines the physical path that traffic Automated networks supporting dynamic workloadstakes across the network, using path policies and distribution of The IBM PNC uses the OpenFlow protocol to move the com-traffic across equal cost links. plex, error-prone and vendor-specific command line interfaces (CLIs) into an open and standardized programmable interface.Secure multi-tenant networks OpenFlow works with data center switches from various ven-Virtual application networks allow each tenant to define and dors that comply with the OpenFlow standard, and provides:control a customized policy-based Layer 2 or Layer 3 network.Inter-tenant isolation effectively maintains a secured slice of the ●● ● Automated topology discovery of all devices in the networkunderlying physical network. ●● ● Point and click virtual network design ●● ● Automated movement of networking policy when a virtual●● ● Network isolation allows network segments to be configured machine (VM) or endpoint moves physical locations centrally and enforced throughout the network without ●● ● Application programming interface (API) that allows third switch configuration party systems to make on-demand calls to the API to create,●● ● Virtual networking provides virtual bridge and router edit and delete virtual networks, as well as to add and remove functions, and virtual filters can define Access Control policies Lists (ACLs) with various degrees of complexity ●● ● Flow migration allows flows to be moved off of devices without interrupting network sessions 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and TechnologyData SheetFlow routing End-to-end visualizationWith the IBM PNC, the administrator can control complex With end-to-end network visualization, traffic patterns andconditions and make workload-optimized routing decisions for bottlenecks can be visualized in real time using features such as:applications—including service composition, appliance poolingand traffic steering. For example: ●● ● SFlow ●● ● SNMP Monitoring●● ● Quality of service rules allow network traffic to be policed ●● ● REST Alerts and prioritized across the network, eliminating bottlenecks and preventing congestion Reliable and available operation is ensured with true end-to-end●● ● Traffic lanes let the path policy be customized dynamically, reliable connectivity and fast recovery and convergence. based on traffic type●● ● vRedirect allows complex conditions to be defined over a combination of multiple packet header fields, enabling intelligent routing decisions IBM Programmable Network Controller at a glance OpenFlow standard ●● ● OpenFlow 1.0 compliant Verified OpenFlow Switches ●● ● Aggregation Switch: IBM RackSwitch G8264, NEC PF5240 ●● ● Edge Switch (Edge of OpenFlow domain): IBM RackSwitch G8264, NEC PF5240 OpenFlow Vendor Extensions ●● ● Bit masking ●● ● In band Broadcast/Multicast for wire speed forwarding Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) ●● ● vRouter (L3) ●● ● vBridge (L2) ●● ● vFilter North bound API ●● ● Web API Number of VTN ●● ● 1,000 (Extended VLAN mode: 10,000 VLANs) Number of Flows ●● ● 300,000 Redundancy Features ●● ● IBM PNC Active/Standby Switch and Link Discovery ●● ● Topology discovery IP ●● ● IPv4 ●● ● IPv6 (L2 forwarding) ARP ●● ● ProxyARP Routing options ●● ● Shortest Hop ●● ● ECMP (L2/L3) ●● ● Avoid switch routing 3
  4. 4. IBM Systems and TechnologyData SheetIBM Programmable Network Controller at a glanceQoS ●● ● ToS/CoS marking ●● ● PolicingLAG features ●● ● MCLAGPolicy Setting ●● ● ACL(Pass, Drop) ●● ● Redirect ●● ● Path-Policy ●● ● NET-WATCHMonitoring ●● ● Failure Status ●● ● Link traffic monitoringVisualization ●● ● Topology ●● ● Station (Host, VM) ●● ● Path information ●● ● Flow statistics ●● ● sFlowOS ●● ● Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.1 (x86_64)Minimum server hardware requirements One server with the following specifications:for test environmentsCPU ●● ● 1 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors with at least 8 coresMemory ●● ● 4 GB DDR3 memoryHDD ●● ● 1 x 40 GB HDDNIC ●● ● 2 x 1000Base-T Ethernet portsPower ●● ● Redundant power supplyDVD-ROM ●● ● DVD-ROM optical driveRecommended server hardware requirements Two servers each with:with redundancy in a production environmentCPU ●● ● 1 x Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors with at least 8 coresMemory ●● ● 64 GB DDR3 memoryHDD ●● ● 2 x 300 GB, 10000rpm, HDD, RAID-1NIC ●● ● 6 x 1000Base-T Ethernet portsPower ●● ● Redundant power suppliesDVD-ROM ●● ● DVD-ROM optical drive 4
  5. 5. IBM Systems and TechnologyData SheetSoftware Ordering Information Countries Description Ordering Number US, Canada, Asia-Pacific and Japan IBM Programmable Network Ctrlr, Per Install w/1Yr SW S&S 44X2765 IBM Programmable Network Ctrlr, Per Install w/3Yr SW S&S 44X2769 Latin America and EMEA IBM Programmable Network Ctrlr, Per Install w/1Yr SW S&S 44X2773 IBM Programmable Network Ctrlr, Per Install w/3Yr SW S&S 44X2777Licensing Why IBM?Licensing for the number of switches supported and the The addition of the IBM Programmable Network Controllerlength of the service and support contract must be ordered provides a key element of IBM’s standards-based systemseparately. network fabric—now extended to enable Software Defined Networking. The IBM approach to Software Defined Networking enables highly virtualized agile data centers, US, Canada, Asia-Pacific and Japan multi-tenant networks and public/private clouds. Number of 1 Year service and 3 year service and Switches support support For more information 1 44X2766 44X2770 To learn more about the IBM Programmable 10 44X2767 44X2771 Network Controller please contact your 50 44X2768 44X2772 IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit: Latin America and EMEA Additionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the Number of 1 Year service and 3 year service and IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective Switches support support and strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified 1 44X2774 44X2778 clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- 10 44X2775 44X2779 ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your 50 44X2776 44X2780 total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business forward. For more information, visit: 5
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