Open Networking Foundation Announces Chairperson of Northbound Interfaces Working Group

  Open Networking Foundation Announces Chairperson of Northbound Interfaces
  Working Group

 Sarwar Raza of Networking at HP to Lead New Working Group’s Efforts in 2014

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- December 5, 2013

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to
accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today
announced the appointment of Sarwar Raza, director of Cloud Networking and SDN
in the Advanced Technology Group within the Networking organization at HP, as
chairperson of the Northbound Interfaces (NBI) Working Group.

“ONF began its work on Northbound Interfaces in 2012 as part of the
Architecture and Framework Working Group’s study of existing SDN NBI use cases
and controller Northbound Interfaces,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of
the Open Networking Foundation. “Since that time the number of approaches to
the Northbound Interface has mushroomed to more than 20 and we have catalogued
NBIs at many latitudes and longitudes. The profusion 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. We are taking the lead in helping end users, operators, and
programmers better understand what NBIs serve what needs, and we welcome the
collaboration of other standards bodies, industry forums, and open source
communities to jointly develop and implement these interfaces.”

The NBI Working Group was established in October 2013 and is designed to
develop information models for NBIs, validated by prototyping and gaining
end-user feedback on selected examples with real code. The NBI Working Group
conducted its first NBI Leadership Roundtable and Working Group meeting in
California during the month of November. The event was intended to help bring
cogency to the wide industry interest in this important area of SDN so the WG
invited and welcomed leading speakers from major stakeholders and relevant
organizations including ETSI NFV, IETF, ITU-T, OpenDaylight, OpenStack, TM
Forum, Open Grid Forum, and UCI Forum. The event also gathered more than 50
member-company representatives and included presentations from China Mobile,
Freescale, Huawei, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Lync, NEC, and Radware.

“Our work in the NBI Working Group is targeted at enabling the acceleration of
open SDN adoption and innovation by codifying multi-vendor, multi-controller
SDN Northbound Interfaces,” said Sarwar Raza. “The aim is not only to gain
understanding but also to have working implementations on both open-source and
vendor controllers by the end of 2014.”

Initial information modeling for the NBI Working Group will be completed in
2014. For more information, please 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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