Ethane: Taking Control of the Enterprise
This paper presents Ethane, a new network architecture for the enterprise. Ethane allows managers to define a single network-wide fine-grain policy, and then enforces it directly. Ethane couples extremely simple flow-based Ethernet switches with a centralized controller that manages the admittance and routing of flows. While radical, this design is backwards-compatible with existing hosts and switches. The authors have implemented Ethane in both hardware and software, supporting both wired and wireless hosts. The operational Ethane network has supported over 300 hosts for the past four months in Stanford University's network, and this deployment experience has significantly affected Ethane's design.