Cloud SDN

Ericsson Cloud SDN is a network virtualization solution providing seamless intra & inter-datacenter connectivity for virtual, physical and container based workloads. It uniquely combines an industrialized OpenDaylight controller with advanced routing capabilities. It is delivered as part of our NFVI solution and provides network automation services to NFV workloads.



Ericsson Cloud SDN is aligned with the ETSI architecture and is based on open-source software including OpenDaylight and OVS, where Ericsson is one of the leading contributors. Integrated with OpenStack using standardized API's.

Network Automation & Layer3 Services

Enables automation which reduces need for custom/manual configurations to onboard VNFs. Cloud SDN life-cycle management integration with OpenStack provides deployment automation.
The solution offers layer 2/3 services to VNFs. The overall result is low OPEX, CAPEX and short TTM.

Telecom Grade

Developed and hardened for telecom grade deployments with focus on high availability, robustness, performance, security and operationality. Tested and verified in a complete NFVI solution with real VNFs. Learnings from commercial deployments are integrated in products continuously.

Cloud Infrastructure press releases Product Overview





2016 and earlier



Telecom operators' NFVI deployments must support a diverse set of applications including virtual network functions, OSS/BSS and operator IT. Automation is an important focus of Ericsson's system-verified NFVI offering. Some of the key automation features in Ericsson Cloud SDN that result in shorter service activation times and lower risk of human error are:

- Datacenter network configuration
- Establishing connectivity of telecom workloads across multiple datacenters
- Orchestrating network security per tenant or virtual machine
- Automation of connectivity between legacy bare metal services and the virtualization domain
- Support for multiple networking technologiessuch as layer 2/3 VPNs

Ericsson Cloud SDN is built on OpenDaylight and Open vSwitch, which guarantees the dynamics of an open source ecosystem that leverages participation across the industry.

Ericsson Cloud SDN adopts an architecture with a centralized routing control plane in the cloud SDN controller, along with distributed forwarding planes in the cloud SDN switch. This architecture enables full routing capabilities and high performance virtual switching to be offered as part of Ericsson's NFVI solution.

Ericsson Cloud SDN key technical capabilities:

- Supports industry leading OpenStack distributions and Kubernetes
- Overlay networking solution for distributed datacenter and hybrid clouds
- Seamless inter-working with enterprise and service provider BGP/VPN & IP/MPLS WAN infrastructure
- Open integration with industry standard datacenter fabrics and switches