Posted on January 29, 2014 11:40 am
 |  Asked by Gareth
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Back in Interop, you demonstrated OpenFlow integration with Big Switch Controller.  2 questions related to this.

1. Probably can’t answer this if it isn’t released, but what release did it start in?

2. Will there be support in vEOS for OpenFlow?  My main question.


As a person that likes to try out new tech, it would be nice to find a way to try OpenFlow from a vendor without having to purchase (personal financing) a new switch.  I’m trying to find some way I can see what OpenFlow looks like from a vendor.  I’ve used OpenVSwitch, but I want to see what the real thing looks like.  I have access to various vendor routers and switches at work, but it seems that only new switches are supporting OpenFlow, which makes it difficult to try new stuff when new purchases are out of reach.

I don’t know if my company is an Arista customer, so I don’t have access to vEOS.  It’s a bit confusing that a tools (vEOS) is available to try out new features, but only if you already have a real EOS box.  Please make publicly available.  Tools like Dynamips and Olive have been great learning tools for other vendor systems.



Posted by gflook
Answered on January 29, 2014 11:41 am

Hi Greg,

Thanks for submitting your question on EOS Central. Arista’s implementation of Openflow (in beta today) is on the 7050 family of switches (across all form factors) that have already been in the market for about 18 months now. Openflow can be easily tested by running the EOS software version 4.10.2-Openflow image (available today) on any Arista 7050 switch . It runs a standard openflow agent that interoperates with any open source (Floodlight, Beacon etc) or commercial-class openflow controllers from BSN, NEC etc.

Unfortunately, as of today vEOS does not support openflow and you would need a physical Arista 7050 switch to test out the openflow functionality. Hope this helps.

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