Undestand the difference between Forwarding, Control and Management Plane

    Undestand the difference between Forwarding, Control and Management Plane

     

    The best explanation about the difference of Forwarding, Control and Management Plane was found in the following blog:

     

    http://packetlife.net/blog/2013/may/2/what-****-sdn/

     

    Each of the many processes of a router or switch can be assigned to one of three conceptual planes of operation:

     

    Forwarding Plane - Moves packets from input to output

     

    Control Plane - Determines how packets should be forwarded

     

    Management Plane - Methods of configuring the control plane (CLI, SNMP, etc.)

     

    For example, you might SSH into the CLI of a router (the management plane) and configure EIGRP to exchange routing information with neighbors (the control plane), which gets installed into its local CEF table (the forwarding plane).

     

    I hope this helps to understand more about these three important parts of network equipment.