To create a SDN layer in OpenStack, we first need to install the software on our
network node. This node will utilize Open vSwitch as our switch that we can use and control when defining our networks. Open vSwitch (OVS) is a production-quality, multilayer switch. In this section, we are going to configure the
network node and we will use
eth2 for creating Neutron tenant networks and
eth3 for creating an externally routable network.
Ensure that you have a suitable server available for installation of the OpenStack network components. If you are using the accompanying Vagrant environment, this will be the
network node that we will be using.
Ensure that you are logged in to the
network node and that it has Internet access to allow us to install the required packages in our environment for running OVS and Neutron. If you created this node with Vagrant, you can execute the following command:
vagrant ssh network