SD-WAN is an acronym for software-defined networking (SDN) in a wide area network (WAN). SD-WAN simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by decoupling the networking hardware from its control mechanism. This concept is similar to how software-defined networking implements virtualization technology to improve data center management and operation.



  • Control Plane - In Routing, control plane refers to the all functions and processes that determine which path to use to send the packet or frame. Control plane is responsible for populating the routing table, drawing network topology, forwarding table and hence enabling the data plane functions. Means here the router makes its decision. In a single line it can be said that it is responsible for How packets should be forwarded.
  • Data Plane - In Routing, data plane refers to all the functions and processes that forward packets/frames from one interface to another based on control plane logic. Routing table, forwarding table and the routing logic constitute the data plane function. Data plane packet goes through the router and incoming and outgoing of frames are done based on control plane logic. Means in single line it can be said that it is responsible for moving packets from source to destination. It is also called as Forwarding plane.


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