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What you should know about SDN and Wi-Fi

By Ajay Malik, Senior VP, worldwide engineering & quality assurance, Meru Networks | July 29, 2014
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is coming to Wi-Fi to give IT end-to-end control of the unified (wired and wireless) network. Here are three of the most important things you should know about SDN-enabled WiFi.

3: Managing unified policy. Since the forwarding plane of every OpenFlow-enabled network device can be managed by a single centralized SDN controller, IT operators can now do traffic shaping and policy control across the whole network. In these cases, the IT operators do not even need to know how that box implements SDN, or even whether the box is wired or wireless. This is achieved through the use of SDN applications that run on the SDN controller. Using OpenFlow, an application can set the QoS parameters for any flow and it does not matter if the devices are wired or wireless.

 

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