OpenFlow, please don't start a flame war...

It's been about 2 years in since I've heard about the concept, and honestly
I'm about ready to jump into test environments at my house. My questions
are pretty basic, what distro would you recommend for a controller, and
should I start by virtualizing in VMWare or HyperV or jump into some cheap
Linksys WRT routers. The more I hear about the tech from colleges, Google,
BigSwitch, etc is leaning me to really start learning, so any help would

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Yeah, it's the neatest thing since sliced bread, but requires layer-2
connectivity across the board. When you exhaust your mac address
tables, we'll welcome you back to the real world.


I think you are confusing vendor solutions with a protocol.

For OpenFlow related learning and hands on I suggest the routeflow project.

I'm biased, but I'd say give cloudstack a try. Supports openflow, and
fairly easy to spin up.


OpenFlow is a big arena. Do you know what you want to do with it?

If you're looking to write your own intelligence, I recommend the OpenFlow tutorial at . It helps you get started in a virtual environment, and introduces you to a number of controller platforms.