Open Networking Foundation Announces Annual Technical Focus

  Open Networking Foundation Announces Annual Technical Focus

  Foundation Enters Third Year with New Technical Roadmap; Names Rick Bauer
                          Technical Program Manager

Open Networking Summit 2013

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- April 16, 2013

OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT – The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today
announced ONF’s annual technical roadmap designed to drive the
commercialization of open, standards-based SDN. ONF continues to solve market
needs in practical ways, developing new standards, and introducing working
groups with the needs of end users in mind. ONF’s technical roadmap will be
overseen by Rick Bauer, newly appointed by ONF to the position of technical
program manager.

“Rapid SDN adoption requires practical solutions,” said Dan Pitt, executive
director of ONF. “We’re committed to serving as a networking consumer
advocate, representing the needs of global SDN users by providing standardized
approaches that promote competition and best-of-breed solutions. This allows
users to achieve maximum organizational impact by innovating and governing the
operation of their networks according to their own business objectives,
through software that they control.”

Organizations understand the value of software programmability in the network,
and know that truly standards-based systems best meet the needs of operators
and users. ONF does not support vendor-specific protocols and does not believe
that all standards – especially software APIs – should be set by a committee.
ONF will standardize only what is necessary to move the networking industry
forward. To that end, emphasis in the coming year will be placed on building
the OpenFlow™  substrate to meet market needs, including standard approaches
to configuration, management, security, and transport. In addition to
providing the foundation on which SDN value is built, the OpenFlow substrate
supports the virtualization of many network functions. Thus ONF will continue
to work closely with the ETSI network-operator-led Network Functions
Virtualization (NFV) Industry Specification Group (ISG).

In addition, ONF will undertake the following:

  *Evolution of the OpenFlow protocol to version 1.4
  *Prototyping of new features before they are built into standards
    documentation to ensure that they meet end-user needs
  *Certifying products built on OpenFlow 1.0 through OpenFlow 1.3 through a
    formal certification program; sanctioning independent labs for testing
  *Embarking on Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM)
  *Fostering a supply chain for physical OpenFlow switches by developing
    table typing patterns in the Forwarding Abstractions Working Group and
    convening a chipmaker advisory board that will encourage OpenFlow support
    in Ethernet chips
  *Introducing the Migration Working Group to make recommendations on
    guidelines, systems, tools, and metrics for migrating to an OpenFlow
  *Introducing the Optical Transport Working Group, a group driven by
    telecommunications providers and focused on optical WANs and the
    interconnection between services that network operators offer and cloud
    companies provide with an emphasis on quality of service (QoS).

Further strengthening its technical leadership, ONF also recently announced
the addition of nine new thought leaders to the Research Associates roster,
bring the total to twelve. Research Associates are selected for participation
privileges in ONF based on their contributions to the creation and advancement
of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol. Their knowledge and insight are instrumental
in keeping ONF and its member companies at the forefront of the SDN movement.

Rick Bauer, the new technical program manager for ONF, will be charged with
overseeing ONF’s annual technical focus. Bauer brings a career in IT
management to his role at ONF’s, having served as a technology officer and CIO
for a variety of enterprise and non-profit organizations. He has also had
broad involvement in industry standards groups, having served as the founding
chairman of the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative; the director of
technology for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA); and
research and development director for the Computing Technology Industry
Association (CompTIA).

“Organizations need to achieve better business value from today’s networks. At
the same time, they need to design and build networks of the future that can
meet the demands of highly dynamic and virtualized applications, as well as
the demands of new business models and virtual organizations,” noted Bauer. “I
look forward to taking on the technical program at ONF, helping to further
develop the OpenFlow protocol and ONF’s entire technical portfolio, and put
practical standards-based SDN solutions into the hands of users.”

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 90 members whose mission is to advance the
commercialization and use of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol. ONF will
accelerate the delivery and use of 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:


McGrath/Power Public Relations for ONF
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