Control Plane Definition

The control plane is a set of services within the network that perform traffic management functions, including security, routing, load balancing, and analysis.

Why is the control plane important to the VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer? The Controller runs in the control plane and manages each of the SEs, which run in the data plane. The control plane represents a central point of management and control for the distributed software-defined application services. The control plane is the brain behind the services delivered by the data plane. It receives and analyzes the continuous stream of application telemetry sent by the distributed load balancers across the environments to decide on service placement, autoscaling, and high availability for each application.