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The Open Networking Foundation and the Open Networking Summit Announce SDN Solutions Showcase Categories and Participants

Santa Clara, Calif. – June 3, 2015

WHAT: The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Open Networking Summit (ONS) have announced the full list of participants in the second annual SDN Solutions Showcase, set to take place during ONS2015. For the first time, a broad range of SDN technologies, products, and applications based on OpenFlow™, OpenDaylight, the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), and vendor specific innovations will be demonstrated through pragmatic use cases. The SDN Solutions Showcase at ONS2015 will be divided into themed demonstrations that address a wide range of applications, including carrier wide area networks (WAN), data center, enterprise, network functions virtualization (NFV), security, and testing.

WHO: A total of 21 showcases from 16 anchor companies and 24 supporting companies, comprised of industry organizations and educational institutions, will highlight real-world SDN use cases in six different categories. The following is a listing of participating anchor and supporting companies, organized by category. Many of the demonstrations outlined below will also feature real-world customers highlighting their SDN deployments.

Carrier WAN SDN: These solutions will show how SDN is changing carrier Ethernet and its services by lowering cost, increasing management control, and reducing solution complexity and speed to deploymen… Continue Reading →

Rick Bauer promotes ONF’s first AppFest and the future of open SDN applications.

Rick Bauer promotes ONF’s first AppFest and the future of open SDN applications. 

The countdown is on to ONF’s first AppFest! Nearly two months from now, ONF will host the organization’s first AppFest, an event designed to encourage the future development and testing of open SDN applications. ONF AppFest 2015 will be a week-long event on May 18– 22, 2015, in our very own backyard at the Ericsson offices in San Jose, Calif.

While SDN has created a lot of excitement in the networking industry, it is really the apps that are leading the charge and having an immediate impact. Applications enable IT to manage networks more effectively, reduce OpEx and CapEx, improve user experience and enhance business value. While the consumerization of app development kicked into high gear with the introduction of mobile device app stores, enterprise software has lagged behind. SDN can change that.

Looking ahead, ONF AppFests will be held annually and will be open to both member and non-member companies. Attendees will include vendors and network operators who are interested in the development of open SDN applications as well as testing their OpenFlow-based infrastructure components. This year, attendees will also receive early exposure to products supporting OpenFlow v1.3.

The ONF Testing and Interoperability Group is hard at work spearheading this new industry event, which will also be supported by ONF’s Soft… Continue Reading →ware Leader

SDN Migration. It’s Time.

Mike McBride provides a case for making a smooth migration to open SDN.

Yellowtail is a much sought-after fish here in the ocean waters of Southern California. Their migration typically follows the water temperature changes from the tip of Baja into Southern California. The water temperatures have been unseasonably warm this winter, so yellowtail are abundant. And yummy. Not all yellowtail migrate, however. Many remain behind, year- round, as “guard” fish in places with a decent supply of food. They just don’t want to make the change to a better place.

But what do yellowtail have to do with SDN and the new approach to networking? Like guard fish, many network operators resist migration to more efficient, cost-saving, and service-enhancing environments due to a variety of concerns including familiarity, investment protection, and risk aversion. These are all valid reasons. The migration to SDN can be a daunting and challenging task. However, the more time spent answering certain questions, planning, and studying the successful migration of others, the greater the mitigation of fundamental concerns. Questions to be asked ahead of time include:

What are my goals for migrating to open SDN? What are the initial steps I should take to achieve my goals for SDN? What are my migration options? How have others performed the migration?

ONF is tackling these difficult questions within the Migration Working Gr… Continue Reading →oup an

Luxoft to participate in SDN and Openflow World Congress Demo Showcase


Open Networking Foundation Announces SDN Solutions Showcase at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress

21 ONF Member Companies Participating as Showcase Founders

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 8, 2014 – The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced the first global SDN Solutions Showcase by leading SDN companies organized and sponsored by ONF. The ONF SDN Solutions Showcase will take place at SDN and OpenFlow World Congress in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 14 – 17, 2014. The showcase will be comprised of teams of ONF member companies, providing demonstrations of real-world examples of various SDN technologies, products, and applications.

Customers want to visualize SDN solutions that overcome networking challenges encountered in their specific environments,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “The ONF SDN Solutions Showcase provides a great opportunity to highlight real-world use cases, based on current and emerging products, that we believe many network operators will relate to.”

The ONF SDN Solutions Showcase is the first global solu… Continue Reading →tions showcase

Luxoft team receives outstanding contribution award from Open Networking Foundation

Ash Bhalgat, Bogdan Popescu and Vasiliy Suvorov of Luxoft Outstanding Contributors, nominated by Rick Bauer for Conformance Testing Efforts Ash and Vasily and the Luxoft team provided the testing services for the ONF OpenFlow Driver competition. Entirely on their own initiative, they created the 20 tests cases for the three finalist entries for both 1.0 and 1.3 conformance testing. The Luxoft team, led by Ash and Vasily, donated hundreds of hours of programming, testing, and reporting time over the Christmas holiday season to meet the requirements for the testing competition, and provided a thorough briefing to the judges of the competition.

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Rick Bauer from ONF praises Luxoft in a blog

Driver Competition. Winner. Posted on March 5, 2014 by Rick

ONF’s Rick Bauer recaps the ONF Driver Competition and announces the winner. 

The Oscars, Emmys, the Olympics—it seems that we are in contest season. The hard work, the preparation, the anticipation, and the final recognition are all part of why we watch, why we participate, and why individuals and organizations decide to compete in the first place. Those same actions and emotions are swirling around ONF as we announce today the winner of our ONF OpenFlow Driver Competition.


The envelope please.

And the winner is… the CPqD organization from Brazil.

We enthusiastically congratulate CPqD on winning this competition, and we salute the worthy contributions from eight additional organizations. Before the applause dies down too much, you should know a bit more about the process,  the competition, and the judging, and make your plans right now to take a closer look at this open-source SDN software that we are releasing to the world today.

ONF designed a competition last year to create a necessary part of the SDN and OpenFlow ecosystem that end users could download and companies could freely leverage in their own product development planning. With great assistance from the wise men and women of the ONF Technical Advisory Group (TAG), we create… Continue Reading →d the groun

ONF avails Luxoft’s Twister OpenFlow 1.3 conformance test suite and professional services to select the winner of OpenFlow Driver Competition

Open Networking Foundation Announces “OpenFlow Driver” Contest Winner

CPqD Selected as Winner and Recipient of $50,000 Grand Prize

OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT, Santa Clara, Calif., March 5, 2014 – The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced the winner of the industry’s first competition to create an open-source “OpenFlow™ Driver.” The judges voted unanimously to award Brazil-based CPqD the grand prize of $50,000, namingFlowgrammable’s and Infoblox’s submissions as runners-up.

“All of the competition submissions displayed great technical precision and deserve a round of applause for their efforts,” said Rick Bauer, technical program manager of the Open Networking Foundation. “The OpenFlow Driver developed by CPqD met the judges’ guidelines including compliance with the OpenFlow specification, integration of multiple programming languages, performance, and scalability of the code, among other criteria. ONF is energized by the success of this competition, and we look forward to seeing what people do with this code now that it’s posted.”

The competition, announced in … Continue Reading →mid-2013, was a call to action for

ONF Announces Winner of OpenFlow Driver Competition – Exclusive Chat with Winners

Open Networking Foundation (ONF)  today announced the winner of the industry’s first competition to create an open-source OpenFlow™ driver. Check out the project’s home page here:

The competition was launched at last year’s Open Networking Summit, and after a long process of evaluation and testing the submitted entries, all seven of the ONF  judges voted to award Brazil-based CPqD the grand prize of $50,000, naming Flowgrammable’s and Infoblox’s submissions as runners-up.

To test the nine submissions, the ONF worked with Luxoft, which provided its Twister test framework, as well as a team of engineers and product experts. Drivers were tested for conformance with OpenFlow 1.0 and OpenFlow 1.3.

CPqD’s entry was selected because of its fit with the specifications of the OpenFlow protocol, as well as the criteria laid down by the ONF in the creation of the competition, says Rick Bauer, the ONF’s technical program manager.

The goal of the competition was to create a driver code base (like OpenSSL) that could be used in both SDN controllers as well as switches, says ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt. The intention is to have both network equipment vendors and independent software vendors use the code base in their products, so that they don’t have to reinvent a component that’s not going to bring them any diffe… Continue Reading →rentiation.


Luxoft to demonstrate SDN solutions at Open Networking Summit 2014 in Santa Clara, California

Luxoft (NYSE:LXFT), a principal subsidiary of IBS Group, offers international delivery capability through its network of state-of-the-art delivery centers in North America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Luxoft’s s customers benefit from the right mix of technology skills, industry knowledge, proprietary processes and methodologies, and a choice of engagement models. For more information visit

Key Announcements at Open Networking Summit 2014:

Luxoft is very excited to announce general availability of comprehensive OpenFlow 1.3 conformance test suite that can help SDN vendors to design controller and switch products that conform to OF 1.3.1 specification. We are happy to bring to market this turnkey yet extensible intellectual property as an extension module of our Twister open source test execution framework. As was previously announced at SDN Congress in Fall 2013, Luxoft’s Openflow 1.3 conformance test suite is also available through Spirent as part of Spirent’s comprehensive Openflow Compliance Test Solution (CTS). Please visit our booth 607 to see a live demonstration and request an evaluation copy.  Luxoft is demonstrating a framework for network services orchestration and services chaining that would benefit cloud services providers and data center customers to deploy multi-vendor and multi-tenant Software Defined Network (SDN) a… Continue Reading →

Spirent and Luxoft Introduce Industry’s First Open and Extensible OpenFlow Compliance Testing Solution

Sunnyvale, Calif. – (November 6, 2013) – Spirent Communications, the leader in networks, devices and services testing and Luxoft, a provider of software development solutions and services, announced the industry’s first open and extensible OpenFlow Compliance Testing solution. This joint solution helps to automate QA and regression testing for OpenFlow products. It will be demonstrated during the fourth semi-annual ONF Plugfest being hosted at the Spirent Proof of Concept (SPOC) lab in Sunnyvale, CA, November 4-8, 2013.

Solution Highlights

The solution suite meets the needs of companies preparing for ONF certification and software engineering teams looking for improved engineering efficiency in OpenFlow software development. It includes the following components:

OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 Compliance Testing – Spirent’s iTest OpenFlow Compliance Test Solution Pack, powered by Luxoft, includes more than 400 test cases that support the latest OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 specifications. The solution combines Spirent iTest’s easy-to-use GUI and test case development tools with Luxoft’s backend for distributed and parallel execution of comprehensive OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 conformance testing. OpenFlow Conformance Certification Preparation – Spirent’s iTest-OFTest Solution Pack addresses the needs of users preparing for ONF Conformance Certification by automating insta… Continue Reading →llation, configurati