The Fedora 20 beta includes an improved Network Manager that can help enable a software-defined networking (SDN) environment. The Fedora 20 release includes the Linux 3.11.x kernel that supports the Open vSwitch (OVS) virtual switch, which is a critical part of modern SDN deployments.
“We’ve had support for OVS for a release or two now; this enables Neutron [formerly Quantum] from OpenStack,” Fedora Project Leader, Robyn Bergeron said.
OpenStack Neutron is the networking module within the open-source OpenStack cloud platform.
The expanded Network Manager and OVS support in Fedora 20 should complement other new features in Fedora 20, such as Ryu, which essentially implements an OpenFlow controller, Bergeron said.