Open Networking Foundation Awards NEC First OpenFlow Conformance Certification

  Open Networking Foundation Awards NEC First OpenFlow Conformance

         OpenFlow Specification Compliance Confirmed by InCNTRE Tests

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- October 17, 2013

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to
accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today
announced that NEC Corporation has received the first Certificate of
Conformance through the ONF OpenFlow™ Conformance Testing Program.

The ONF OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program was launched in July 2013. The
Program provides networking vendors with the opportunity to demonstrate
compliance with the OpenFlow specification, the first SDN standard and a vital
element of an open SDN architecture. Testing of NEC’s Programmable Flow
switches PF5240 and PF5248 was conducted by Indiana Center for Network
Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE), one of the three independent
labs approved for ONF OpenFlow Conformance testing.

“Today ONF celebrates an important accomplishment, a milestone in the process
of ensuring that trusted OpenFlow-based SDN solutions are available in the
marketplace,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking
Foundation. “We congratulate NEC as the first to complete conformance testing
for an OpenFlow product, providing customers with the confidence that the
solutions they deploy are truly OpenFlow-capable.”

ONF works with three certified global conformance testing labs: Beijing
Internet Institute (BII), InCNTRE, and the University of New Hampshire
InterOperability Lab to certify that products meet ONF OpenFlow Conformance
Test Specification requirements. Once these are met, the product is awarded an
ONF OpenFlow Certificate of Conformance, validating that it is using current
technology and is guaranteed to accurately implement the OpenFlow

“NEC is honored to be the first company to receive the OpenFlow Switch
Specification 1.0.1 certificate for our Programmable Flow Switches PF5240 and
PF5248,” said Akio Iijima, chief product architect of NEC Corporation’s
Converged Network Division. “The 2011 launch of the NEC PF524x family marked
the release of the world’s first commercially available SDN solutions. Today’s
certification from ONF further demonstrates our commitment to OpenFlow, and to
innovative network solutions.”

A Certificate of Conformance from ONF is the highest level of assurance
available in the market today to confirm OpenFlow specification compliance.
Vendors with certified products assert their commitment to the OpenFlow
specification, benefitting from shortened development cycles, faster product
deployment, opportunities for testing protocols, and more.

“InCNTRE is excited to be involved in the first OpenFlow Conformance
Certification,” said Ron Milford, InCNTRE associate director of testing and
interoperability services and vice chair of the ONF Testing and
Interoperability Working Group. “This is a critical step in evolution of
OpenFlow and paves the way for greater adoption of SDN by organizations of all

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 accelerate the
adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open 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


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