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An SDN architecture can be representing different planes and layers that not necessarily need to be present for every deployment.

IEEE SDN Planes and Layers


Forwarding devices are programmed by control plane elements through well-defined SI embodiments. The control plane can therefore be seen as the “network brain.” All control logic rests in the applications and controllers, which form the control plane.

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Data Plane

Forwarding devices are interconnected through wireless radio channels or wired cables. The network infrastructure comprises the interconnected forwarding devices, which represent the data plane.

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