Thursday, May 5, 2011

Open Networking Foundation Gains Key Members

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a new, industry organization dedicated to promoting OpenFlow as a means to enable Software-Defined Networking (SDN), has added nine new members: Big Switch Networks, Comcast, Extreme Networks, IP Infusion, Netronome, Nicira Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, Plexxi Inc., and Vello Systems. These companies join the six founding member companies: Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, as well as 17 other companies.

"Open networking is a major benefit to enterprise and service provider customers since OpenFlow will simplify management of multi-vendor networks while accelerating introduction of innovative new services."

"The ONF provides a great opportunity for both the consumers and the producers of OpenFlow technology to come together and drive innovation and adoption of the technology as a way to address the challenges of growing complexity in networks. Extreme Networks, as a new member of the Foundation, looks forward to contributing to move the technology forward," said Shehzad T. Merchant VP, Technology, Extreme Networks.

At this week's Interop in Las Vegas, ONF will join some of its members in the InteropNet OpenFlow Lab booth on the show floor. This year, OpenFlow is the sole feature of the InteropNet Lab.

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