The Open Networking Foundation Surpasses 100 Members

  The Open Networking Foundation Surpasses 100 Members

 ONF welcomes three new companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption and
               commercialization of Software Defined Networking

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- July 17, 2013

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced the continuous
expansion of its member community that supports ONF’s mission of driving
deployment and commercialization of SDN and the OpenFlow™ protocol. Since its
inception in 2011, more than 100 companies worldwide, including the newest
additions TorreyPoint, Coriant, andVirtela, have joined ONF to support the
open, standards-based SDN movement and participate in technical and
market-education activities.

“Our vision to bring software programmability to networks worldwide is
becoming a reality with more companies joining our movement and implementing
and deploying this innovative technology that is changing the future of
networking,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking
Foundation. “In the past two years since our public launch, we have seen a
significant increase in OpenFlow-based switches, controllers, and
applications, and real-world deployments of the technology. Our growing member
community underscores that we are meeting our goals of expanding SDN awareness
and driving commercialization, and we are ever more motivated by their
continuing support of our efforts to accelerate the global commercialization
of open, standards-based SDN for the benefit of users.”

ONF members worldwide consist of chip companies, system vendors, computer
companies, software companies, testing companies, training companies, telecom
operators, data-center operators, and a variety of enterprises. Through ONF,
companies have access to all OpenFlow-related intellectual property
royalty-free and can participate in interoperability events such as PlugFest,
as well as technical and educational working groups. Participation in ONF's
working groups allows member companies to contribute to essential technology
decisions, messages, and market-educational activities that directly impact
their customers. Those who operate networks get to steer the movement to meet
their needs and influence vendors to produce valued solutions. With support
from ONF, member companies today are rolling out innovative, OpenFlow-based
products and platforms. Together, the organization and its members continue to
advance technical standards and architectural understanding to increase
applicability, utility, and implementation.

“SDN is the most disruptive technology since TCP/IP, and must be standardized
in order to succeed. ONF provides a standards body to drive interoperability
and innovation in the SDN space, fostering a collaborative environment,” said
Doug Marschke, CTO of TorreyPoint. “It has been a breath of fresh air to work
with an organization that provides true think tank processes, and not just
three big vendors in a room driving the discussions. ONF is a place for
everyone to help define and create standards that work across vendors.
TorreyPoint is excited to be a member as we work on our interoperable
northbound API and orchestration systems.”

A full list of ONF member companies is available on the ONF website.

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 100 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:
http://www.opennetworking.org.

Contact:

U.S. Media Contact:
McGrath/Power Public Relations for ONF
Raquel Prieto, 408-727-0351
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