In Pictures: Software-defined networking explained

Understand how SDN will change everything in 10 easy steps

Network agents Software-defined networking will be further enhanced in the next year as the role of the vSwitch will be usurped by network agents. Network agents will provide more flexibility in connecting VMs to the physical network or tunnel fabric because they will be able to change network traffic flows according to configuration in a similar way that routers or switches select the output interface for a given packet or frame. In the near future, a network controller will configure network agents to provide routing, switching, and firewall services.

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