Contiv-VPP is a Kubernetes CNI plugin employing a programmable CNF vSwitch based on open source offering feature-rich, high-performance cloud native networking and services.


Kubernetes defines the Container Network Interface (CNI) – an API for network plugins providing connectivity between PODs. That’s worked well so far, but as your cloud native deployments grow and enhanced services are added, new solutions are needed.

First, there is currently no API to map Kubernetes services and policies to network configurations so it’s up to you or the network plugin implementers to figure this out. A standard suite of APIs based on open source code would solve that problem for you.

Second, the use of kube-proxy (with iptables) limits network performance, scale and feature update cycles. required to meet your service and policy demands. Moving all network functions (including data plane and control plane) to user space increases performance, scale, reliability and innovation velocity.


Contiv-VPP Highlights

  • Kubernetes services and policies traffic mapped to the data plane
  • Automatically reprograms data plane upon service and policy updates received over Kubernetes APIs
  • Supports high performance memif interfaces for inter-VPP communications.
  • Observability using Prometheus and VPP trace functions
  • Programmable CNF vSwitch built from open source and Ligato VPP Agent/APIs
  • Full Kubernetes CNI support
  • IPv6/SRv6 support
  • Service Function Chaining
  • Runs in user space
  • 100% open source

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