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Software Defined Networking

Networks are everywhere. Today, security, stability and scalability are critical for the successful implementation of business-critical applications. However, the administration and management of the network infrastructure presents many companies with a challenge that conventional network concepts have long been unable to fulfill. The racksnet® SDN solution offers solution architects and administrators a unique, vendor-independent approach to automated management of network infrastructures.

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racksnet® SDN Solution

The racksnet® SDN solution is an essential step in the evolution of Software Defined Networking.

The agile cloud, the SDN controller and the open API create a unified solution that enables users to gain insights into and control of their own network infrastructure at any time and from any place.

An integral part of the racksnet® SDN solution is the racksnet® SDN Controller (vAppliance). Southbound, it communicates centralized with every single component of the network infrastructure. Northbound, the controller communicates with the racksnet® SDN Cloud, where all configuration and management processes take place. The racksnet® cloud itself offers a standardized interface for the integration of 3rd party applications with REST API.

The racksnet® SDN solution is agile, scalable and easy to use due to its unique, device- and vendor-independent unified GUI.

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Components of the racksnet® SDN solution

The racksnet® SDN concept consists of three interlinked components: First, the agile and customizable racksnet® Cloud, which controls the racksnet® Controller and finally the open API, which allows 3rd party applications to connect to network components via the racksnet® Cloud.

Component 1

racksnet® SDN Cloud

A central component of the racksnet® solution is the flexible and agile cloud for multi-vendor networks. It offers users a unique and above all easy-to-use drag & drop whiteboard GUI. This makes the planning, setup and validation of networks much easier than with conventional solutions.

The most important functions of the cloud:

  • Monitoring or control of the single or multi-site controllers installed at the customer’s site
  • Control and manage networks through the integrated racksnet GUI or 3rd party applications
  • Automation of customer networks using templates integrated into the software

Component 2

racksnet® SDN Controller

The SDN controller is a virtual appliance and is located in the customer’s network (e.g. server VLAN, DMZ) and implements the network policies sent to it from the racksnet® SDN Cloud (e.g. provisioning of VLANs, ACLs, routing, port tagging, device health check, e.g. CPU health, memory, temperature, online/offline etc.).

The controller operates:

  • Northbound: With a standardized interface for secure REST connection to the racksnet® SDN Cloud for further processing of network automation and advanced management processes
    Southbound: Uses standardized interfaces and technologies (NETCONF, RESTCONF, SNMP, PYTHON) for the connection to the network infrastructure (switches, routers, ToR, wireless controllers etc.)

Component 3

API to 3rd-Party-Applications

Customers who prefer to use their own applications instead of the integrated whiteboard app from racksnet® can use the open API to connect their applications to the racksnet® SDN cloud. In this way, 3rd party applications (CMDB, Unified Communications, IP-PBX, Security etc.) can more easily adapt their network infrastructure to their individual needs and program accordingly.

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Single- and Multi-Site Management

Regardless of whether you need to manage and automate one or more IT infrastructures. The intelligent multi-controller architecture of the racksnet® network automation software enables you to manage your distributed IT sites 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

Major advantages of the racksnet ® SDN solution:

  • Easy-to-use, centralized solution for controlling, monitoring and managing enterprise networks
  • Better structuring of the network through a distributed controller architecture
  • Faster and more secure verification and implementation of corporate standards

racksnet® SDN - advantages at a glance


Fast deployment and provisioning of network functions and resources


Simplified network operation through centralized orchestration


Reduced maintenance and administration effort for the entire network


Centralized setup and deployment of security policies for all devices


Real-time monitoring of resources around the clock


Elimination of the time-consuming individual device configuration


High grade of automation reduces costs


Elimination of dependence on hardware manufacturers (elimination of vendor lock-in)

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