Understanding Virtual Networks

Upcoming technologies like OpenFlow and SDN are altering the networking landscape very quickly. The underlying drivers are Cloud Computing and Virtualization. Servers, Storage and Networking make up the trinity for effective Cloud computing strategy. Servers and Storage Virtualization has helped drive the adoption of flexible cloud services already. Now it is time for Network Virtualization.

The heart of network virtualization is the existence of virtual networks. In a multi-part series, I will try to provide an overview of virtual networking followed by practical examples of managing virtual networks. Specifically I will focus on network virtualization from OpenStack and VMware perspective.

  1. Part 1 - The Basics
  2. Part 2 - Ports and VLAN
  3. Part 3 - Linux Bridge and Virtual Networking
  4. Part 4 - Tap Interfaces and Linux Bridge
  5. Part 5 - VLANs and Linux Bridge
  6. Part 6 - VMware Layer 2 Virtual Networksi
  7. Part 7 - Neutron - OpenStack Networking Concepts