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OIF and ONF Announce Vendor Participants in Transport SDN Interoperability Demonstration

As part of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Global Transport Software Defined Networking (SDN) interoperability demonstration, nine vendors are participating in testing in several carrier labs worldwide. Participating vendors are ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Coriant, Fiberhome, Fujitsu, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., NEC Corporation of America and ZTE. China Mobile, China Telecom, TELUS and Verizon are hosting the testing in their labs.

The testing, which will be completed this month, provides real-world scenarios for both vendors and carriers to test prototype Transport SDN technology. OpenFlow™ extensions developed in the ONF Optical Transport Working Group are being prototyped and tested in the demo in both CDPI and CVNI forms. Vendors are also testing prototypes of Controller Northbound interfaces for Service Request and Topology functions developed as an OIF activity. The framework of the demo is cloud-bursting or application-based bandwidth-on-demand between data center sites. Testing based on this real-world use case illustrates potential deployment of Transport SDN technology, common interfaces required, needs for interoperability and any operational challenges. Results will be shared in October in a whitepaper and at the Layer123 SDN and OpenFlow World Congress.

“The ability to bring vendors into carrier labs to test prototype technology provides unparalleled opportunity for industry-wide collaboration,” said Vishnu Shukla of Verizon and president of the OIF. “This joint work is an initial step in solving the practical issues of implementing transport SDN in commercial networks with the shared goal to make transport networks more programmable in order to enable a new era of dynamic services.”

“We are pleased to join forces with the OIF to demonstrate OpenFlow-based Transport SDN capabilities for and with the world’s leading operators,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of ONF. “ONF is committed to combined efforts like this to achieve interoperability and widespread adoption of open SDN in the service provider community and beyond.”

Speaking Sessions at Layer123 SDN and OpenFlow World Congress

ONF/SDN Workshop - Panel Discussion: The Evolving Role of Standards
Panelist: Vishnu Shukla, OIF President, Verizon
10/14/14 at 2:05pm

Network Transport Forum - Presentation: OIF Transport SDN Activities
OIF Keynote: Vishnu Shukla, OIF President, Verizon
10/15/14 at 1:55pm

Presentation: Joint OIF & ONF Transport SDN Carrier-hosted Lab Testing Results
Speakers: Jonathan Sadler, OIF TC Vice-Chair, Coriant and Marc Cohn, ONF Market Education Committee Chair, Ciena
10/15/14 at 2:10pm

Panel Discussion: Practical Steps for SDN in Carrier Network Infrastructure
Panelist: Hans-Martin Foisel, Carrier WG Chair, Director, OIF Board of Directors, Deutsche Telekom
10/15/14 at 5:30pm

Several OIF/ONF members will also offer presentations as well. See more information on the conference at http://www.layer123.com/index.php.

2014 Global Transport SDN Demonstration

SDN, in tandem with NFV, will shape the future of telecommunications by improving the network’s ability to dynamically adapt to the needs of applications and services. Participating OIF and ONF member companies will unite to showcase how carriers can deploy SDN technology in their networks. The demonstration testing will take place in carrier labs located in North America, Europe and Asia and will leverage technology work from the forums’ technical committees and the support of OIF and ONF carrier members. The two groups seek to accelerate adoption of OpenFlow and Transport SDN technologies that enable increased network programmability to support a new era of dynamic services.

Regional demonstration read-out events will take place in October of this year and a whitepaper will be available to the public. Additional information can be found at http://www.oiforum.com/public/Global_Transport_SDN_Demo_2014.html.

About the OIF

Launched in 1998, the OIF is the first industry group to unite representatives from data and optical networking disciplines, including many of the world's leading carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors. The OIF promotes the development and deployment of interoperable networking solutions and services through the creation of Implementation Agreements (IAs) for optical, interconnect, network processing, component and networking systems technologies. The OIF actively supports and extends the work of standards bodies and industry forums with the goal of promoting worldwide compatibility of optical internetworking products. Information on the OIF can be found at http://www.oiforum.com.

About ONF

Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 140 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering 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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