Who Does What: SDN Controllers

Commercial Controllers

Company: Active Broadband Networks

Controller: Active Resource Controller. For more information, see this page.

About: The ARC is designed to provide real-time control of NFV infrastructure, IP flow telemetry data for service and application visibility, big data technology for managing service personalization, and dynamic service profiling and control mechanisms to automatically take action in response to changing network conditions and service utilization based on customer entitlements. ARC is a component of Active Broadband Networks Inc. 's Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG).

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  • Active Broadband Networks Intros SDN Controller

  • Company: Adara Networks

    Controllers: Sky, a distributed OpenFlow-based SDN controller (see this page for more details), and Horizon, a "meta-controller" designed for SDN management in multi-vendor, multi-protocol networks, whether virtual or physical. See this page for more information.

    About: Adara Networks has developed a suite of applications, including its controllers, that provide every aspect of a software-defined computing and networking environment.

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  • One to Watch: Adara Networks
  • Adara Claims SDN First
  • Adara Unveils SDN Switch at ONS
  • Adara Upgrades Its SDN Platform
  • Adara Boasts 2 Deployments

    Company: Big Switch Networks

    Controller: Big Network Controller, an OpenFlow-based SDN controller based on Project Floodlight open source specifications. See this page for more information.

    About: Big Switch Networks is pitching its controller as part of a broader package of capabilities, its Open SDN Suite, for data center operators.

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  • Big Switch Intros Flagship Big Cloud Fabric – At Last
  • Murray Leads Big Switch Into Bare Metal Battle
  • Big Switch CEO: We're Not for Sale

    Company: Brocade Communications Systems

    Controller: Vyatta Controller, an open source controller based on OpenDaylights specs. See this page for more information.

    About: Built on the OpenDaylight code, the Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) Vyatta controller is designed to provide network operators with the flexibility of programmable networks and provide a common platform for multi-vendor networks and virtual machines.

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  • Brocade: Vyatta Controller 'Use Cases Are Crystallizing'
  • Brocade Debuts OpenDaylight SDN Controller

    Company: Calient Technologies

    Controller: Optical Topology Management Controller. Available for testing from January 2015.

    About: Built on the OpenDaylight code, the Calient Technologies Inc. Optical Topology Management Controller is designed to allow data center operators to reconfigure extremely large data transfers (elephant flows) from packet to optical circuit switching.

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  • Calient Controller Aims to Tame 'Elephant' Flows

    Company: Ciena

    Controller: The Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) Agility Multilayer WAN Controller is another based on OpenDaylight specs. See this page for more information.

    About: Ciena's controller is designed to allow carriers to optimize wide-area networks to meet the unpredictable bandwidth demands of enterprise and cloud customers.

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  • Telstra Picks Ericsson, Ciena for Optical, SDN/NFV
  • Ciena Introduces Management Tools to Make Networks Flexible
  • Ciena Develops an SDN Controller

    Company: Cisco Systems

    Controller: The Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). See this page for more information.

    About: The APIC automates and manages Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure SDN architecture.

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  • Cisco Ships Its SDN Architecture -- Almost
  • Cisco Integrates Virtual, Physical Networks
  • Cisco's ACI Gets Physical With SDN

    Company: Cyan Inc.

    Controller: Blue Planet SDN controller. For more information, see this page.

    About: Introduced in December, 2012, the Blue Planet SDN platform has been deployed in more than 154 networks around the globe including well publicized deployments at Colt, KVH, and NTT Americas. Blue Planet incorporates a WAN SDN Controller for multi-layer and multi-vendor automation, path computation, visualization, provisioning, management, and control. This can be paired with Blue Planet’s NFV and virtual resource orchestration capabilities to drive new virtualized services.

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  • Cisco, Juniper Land on Cyan's Blue Planet
  • Cyan Spins 'Blue Planet' for SDN
  • Cyan Debuts Planet Orchestrate to Manage Physical & Virtual Network Resources
  • Colt a Significant Win for Cyan
  • Colt Preps Next-Gen OSS for NFV, SDN

  • Company: CloudGenix

    Controller: The Software-Defined Enterprise WAN (SDEwan) is in beta mode. See this page for more information.

    About: CloudGenix Inc. is a startup that is developing a controller to extend enterprise SDN into the WAN.

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  • Startup Launches With $9M to Bring SDN to WANs

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    Dukie 1/28/2015 | 2:36:09 PM
    Re: AT&T? Is Adara Networks a future Player in this arena?
    Mitch Wagner 1/9/2015 | 5:18:58 PM
    Re: Which part of the network Atlantis-dude: A big question, too broad to address here, but possibly worthy of a follow-up article. 
    Atlantis-dude 1/5/2015 | 1:41:21 PM
    Which part of the network i.e. edge/core/dc/wan  enterprise/SP are each of these targeted to?
    mhhf1ve 12/19/2014 | 5:04:15 PM
    Perhaps this guide needs a wiki? I think at the rate this space is moving.. a wiki will be needed to keep up with all the players and updates and changes.
    jhichert 12/19/2014 | 10:28:14 AM
    Please add Company: Ocedo

    Controller: Ocedo Connect, a cloud-based console for managing distributed enterprise networks. Combined with Ocedo Gateways, Switches, and Access Points, Ocedo Connect enables IT providers to centralize and automate WAN deployment and management.

    About: Founded in 2013 in Germany, Ocedo's mission is to help organizations to be more agile and to grow faster by automating their distributed enterprise networks.

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    Mitch Wagner 12/12/2014 | 5:14:41 PM
    Re: More controllers Good tips all. We do plan to update this so keep those suggestions coming!
    Y(J)S 12/12/2014 | 6:16:44 AM
    More controllers Please add Ryu (which you actually mention earlier) and Openmul to the open source list. Other controllers (for more exotic languages) are Trema, NodeFlow and FLOWer. There are also a large number of experimental platforms from the academic community. BTW, ONOS is built over Floodlight.

    In the commercial list  I didn't see the Tail-f (now Cisco) NCS.


    jmcolna 12/11/2014 | 2:53:21 PM
    Active Broadband Networks’ SDN Controller Mitch,

    You overlooked Active Broadband Networks' SDN controller, which was announced earlier this year. Below is description from the company's most recent product press release:

    Active Broadband has developed the industry's first Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG), which consists of the APG/80 Active Programmable Gateway, a pure software switch for high-performance packet processing that is fully programmable via OpenFlow control, and the Active Resource Controller (ARC), an SDN controller optimized for broadband service orchestration and delivery with real-time, dynamic QoE management. Controlling the APG/80 with OpenFlow, the ARC facilitates autonomous, simplified, traffic-driven service activation.  The ARC gains its intelligence by collecting, mediating and further processing real-time IP flow information provided by the APG/80 -- delivering usable, actionable QoE information to enable customers' service expectations to be met.   The ARC also automates the use of QoE information, dynamically modifying customers' services using OpenFlow control of the APG/80.  Based on Big Data technology, the ARC computes and displays experience metrics that provide both operators and their customers with visibility into service utilization and network conditions, as well as application usage.  The ARC's Big Data technology provides a platform for data scientists to either directly analyze broadband service information or to integrate broadband service information into a larger analysis platform. The ARC leverages technology developed for legacy OSS-based service management, and is a proven, robust platform that can be deployed as a virtual appliance or as software components on operator-managed physical or virtual platforms.
    Mitch Wagner 12/10/2014 | 12:30:10 PM
    Re: AT&T? Good question. Something to follow up on. 
    R Clark 12/9/2014 | 9:37:02 PM
    AT&T? Thanks for the handy guide.

    Whatever happened to AT&T's SDN Controller? I wonder if they weren't actually referring to ONOS from ON.Lab. They said it would be out by year-end.
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