Floodlight Is an Open SDN Controller
Why Use Floodlight?
- OpenFlow – works with physical- and virtual- switches that speak the OpenFlow protocol
- Apache-licensed – lets you use Floodlight for almost any purpose
- Open community - Floodlight is developed by an open community of developers. We welcome code contributions from active participants and we’ll openly share information on project status, roadmap, bugs, etc.
- Easy to Use- Floodlight is drop dead simple to build and run. Read through the Documentation (link)
- Tested and Supported – Floodlight is the core of a commercial controller product from Big Switch Networks (link) and is actively tested and improved by a community of professional developers.
The Floodlight Open SDN Controller is an enterprise-class, Apache-licensed, Java-based OpenFlow Controller. It is supported by a community of developers including a number of engineers from Big Switch Networks.
OpenFlow is a open standard managed by Open Networking Foundation. It specifies a protocol through switch a remote controller can modify the behavior of networking devices through a well-defined “forwarding instruction set”. Floodlight is designed to work with the growing number of switches, routers, virtual witches, and access points that support the OpenFlow standard.
- Offers a module loading system that make it simple to extend and enhance.
- Easy to set up with minimal dependencies
- Supports a broad range of virtual- and physical- OpenFlow switches
- Can handle mixed OpenFlow and non-OpenFlow networks – it can manage multiple “islands” of OpenFlow hardware switches
- Designed to be high-performance – is the core of a commercial product from Big Switch Networks.
- Support for OpenStack (link) cloud orchestration platform