|[April 17, 2012]
The Open Networking Foundation Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with SDN Commercial Deployments and OpenFlow Demonstrations at the Open Networking Summit
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization
dedicated to promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN), is celebrating
commercial deployments of SDN based on the OpenFlow networking standard.
In addition, more than 20 organizations will be actively demonstrating
OpenFlow capabilities at this week's 2012
Open Networking Summit.
The OpenFlow standard provides the fundamental foundation for SDN and
enables networks to evolve by giving a remote, directly-programmable
controller the power to modify the behavior of network devices through a
well-defined "forwarding instruction set". Since its inception, ONF has
worked with the Foundation's member companies to make OpenFlow-based SDN
the new norm for networks. The Foundation has engaged the world's
leading networking innovators and fostered industry implementation of
SDN through the drafting of implementable standards, prototype
demonstrations, interoperability experiments, plug fests, and the
commercialization of the standard.
Commercial deployments of OpenFlow products by member company NEC (News - Alert) have
been installed at enesis
Hosting Solutions and Nippon
Express Co., LTD. According to NEC, these customers are realizing
the benefits of OpenFlow including improved productivity, cost
efficiency, and new avenues of growth and revenue. Additional
announcements this year are expected to highlight commercial deployments
as well as announcements by vendors of associated products, platforms,
and tools designed to facilitate rollout.
In addition, member company demonstrations at the Open Networking Summit
this week will be showcasing the latest developments of OpenFlow and SDN
technologies. Demonstrations by ONF members Broadcom, Brocade, Citrix,
Dell, Ericsson, Extreme Networks, HP, IBM, Intel, IP Infusion, NEC,
Netronome, NTT Communications, Radware (News - Alert), and Verizon will illustrate how
the technologies can help network operators, owners, carriers, and more.
"It's been an amazing first year," said Dan Pitt, executive director of
the Open Networking Foundation. "We've tripled the size of our
membership to 66 companies, brought our first enterprise member company
on board, issued new versions of OpenFlow and OF-Config, and made
significant headway on commercializing SDN and OpenFlow as a disruptive
approach to networking. OpenFlow is already being deployed or tested by
the entire networking ecosystem including chip companies, system
vendors, computer companies, software companies, testing companies,
telecom and cable operators, data-center operators, and enterprises.
Over the next year, the market will see how SDN can change how every
company with a network operates and that SDN is capable of driving
tremendous business value."
Dan Pitt will be serving as Program Advisor, presenting on the
"Standardization and Adoption" session, and chairing the "SDN for
Scale-out and Enterprise Data Centers" session at the Open Networking
Summit, April 17, 2012, in Santa Clara. Media or analysts interested in
one-on-one meetings should contact Katie Peterson at (408) 727-0351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft (News - Alert),
Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a nonprofit
organization with over 60 members whose goal is to rethink networking
and quickly and collaboratively bring to market standards and solutions.
ONF will accelerate the delivery and use of Software-Defined Networking
(SDN) standards and foster a vibrant market of products, services,
applications, customers, and users. For further details visit the ONF
website at: http://www.opennetworking.org
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