The Open Networking Foundation Unveils OpenFlow™ Conformance Program

  The Open Networking Foundation Unveils OpenFlow™ Conformance Program

Certification Program Offers Networking Vendors with Highest Level of Industry
 Assurance, Validating Product Compliance with the OpenFlow Specification for
                         Software-Defined Networking

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- July 24, 2013

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced its OpenFlow™
Conformance Program that provides networking vendors an opportunity to
demonstrate compliance with the OpenFlow specification, the first
Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standard and a vital element of an open, SDN

An ONF Certificate of Conformance is the highest level of assurance available
in the market today to validate compliance with a particular version of the
OpenFlow specification. Vendors can earn an ONF Certificate of Conformance for
networking hardware, including switches and routers, as well as network

“ONF member companies are at the forefront of SDN innovation and
commercialization, and the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Program underscores an
organization’s dedication to end users, ” said Rick Bauer, technical program
manager at ONF. “The program assures that the products purchased and
implemented are deployment-ready for end users’ networking environments, as
well as future-looking for compatibility with the increasing number of SDN
solutions built on an OpenFlow foundation. The certified products deliver
predictable results, reinforcing the end users’ overall confidence in the

The ONF Certificate of Conformance provides significant benefits for both
vendors and end users. Vendors with certified products affirm an
organizational commitment to the OpenFlow specification and benefit from
shortened development cycles, faster product deployment, and advance access to
testing protocols through activities such as the ONF PlugFest program. End
users gain confidence knowing the certified product is using current
technology and is guaranteed to accurately implement the OpenFlow

ONF has selected the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and
Education (InCNTRE) as the first independent lab approved for ONF OpenFlow
Conformance testing, and additional labs are currently in the accreditation

“We appreciate the unique partnership between InCNTRE and ONF and are honored
to be selected as the first ONF-approved testing lab,” said Ron Milford,
InCNTRE SDN lab director and vice chair of the ONF Testing and
Interoperability Working Group. “We look forward to playing a continued role
and engage more testing labs to help them become ONF-approved. We envision
testing labs in every region around the world in the near future."

To obtain an ONF Certificate of Conformance, vendors must contact an approved
test lab, complete an application form, and work with the lab to define a
mutually agreeable schedule for product delivery. Once the lab certifies that
the product meets the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Test Specification
requirements, the product is awarded an ONF OpenFlow Certificate of

For more information about the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Program, visit:

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:


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