Radware Joins Open Networking Foundation Working Group to Help Accelerate the
Adoption of Open SDN
Radware Joins HP, Intel, Microsoft, NEC -- Companies Will Develop Information
Models for Stable, Open Northbound Interfaces That Support Rapid Adoption of
MAHWAH, N.J., Oct. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Radware^® (Nasdaq:RDWR), a
leading provider of application deliveryandapplication securitysolutions
for virtual and cloud data centers, today announced it is now part of the Open
Networking Foundation (ONF) Northbound Interface (NBI) Working Group, joining
the ranks of companies such as Intel and Microsoft in order to assist the
industry accelerate the adoption of open SDN.
Chartered this month, the NBI Working Group was created to help reduce
end-user confusion on the Northbound Interface and to help the application
developers actively seeking an open Application Programming Interface (API) to
develop code against. It will enable acceleration of SDN innovation by
allowing significant application portability across SDN controllers, both open
source and proprietary.
The ONF is a growing nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the
adoption of open SDN. Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google,
Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, it promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies
and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services,
applications, customers, and users.
"We are elated to find ourselves in the same company of those who are part of
the core team," says Avi Chesla, chief technology officer, Radware. "This
working group will help define various SDN Controller Northbound API
Interfaces (NBIs) in order to significantly increase the speed in which new
SDN applications are developed. Collectively, we will be able to accelerate
innovation in order to quickly adapt the customer's needs from their
"The number of approaches to the Northbound Interface has grown to more than
20 in the last two years," says Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open
Networking Foundation. "While valuable market education can be taken from each
of these approaches, the volume has created a confusion of programmatic
interfaces that network service vendors, orchestration systems, and
application developers must write to in order to serve diverse SDN use cases.
As part of our role in helping the industry develop and maintain approaches to
open SDN, we are taking the lead in helping end users better understand what
NBIs serve what needs. We appreciate the active participation of our member
companies in this work."
A Chairperson for the NBI Working Group will be appointed by the Board in
November, after applications are received from Member Company candidates.
Initial information modeling will be completed in 2014. For more information,
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