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NSA using OpenFlow for SDN

NSA using OpenFlow for SDN

Even the National Security Agency is using software defined networking these days.

Bryan Larish, the NSA's technical director for enterprise connectivity and specialized IT services, spoke at the recent Open Network Summit in Silicon Valley, and said the intelligence agency is deploy an OpenFlow SDN for its internal operations. 

OpenFlow is one of the leading SDN protocols that allows centralized control and easy reprogramming of the packet-moving decisions on a network.

“We as an enterprise need to be able to control our network,” Larish told CIO.com. “OpenFlow centralized control seemed the only viable way to do this from a technical perspective. We are all in on OpenFlow.”

NSA is testing an OpenFlow SDN at both its main campus and branch offices, CIO.com reports. At NSA headquarters, the deployment is limited to a small section of the network for development.   The agency is also using OpenStack in its data centers, Larish said, and NSA is looking to other commercially available products to address its network integration and management needs.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM


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