Open Networking Foundation Selects Criterion Network Labs as its Fourth International Testing Facility

  Open Networking Foundation Selects Criterion Network Labs as its Fourth
  International Testing Facility

Business Wire

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- January 30, 2014

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to
accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today
announced Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs), a vendor-neutral independent
division of Criterion Networks India Pvt. Ltd., as ONF’s fourth international
conformance and interoperability testing facility. CNLabs joins the University
of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), Beijing Internet
Institute (BII), and the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and
Education (InCNTRE) in testing SDN products for compliance with the OpenFlow™
specification through the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program.

“The networking industry is undergoing a refreshing change. SDN provides a
framework through which networks can be administered, programmed, and made to
scale seamlessly,” said Jayaprakash Kumar, director of Criterion Network Labs.
“OpenFlow provides the method for ensuring consistency, promoting device
interoperability, and allowing for a level of flexibility to the network
operator that has not been seen before. We are delighted to be named the first
ONF-approved testing facility in India and the second in Asia.”

As an ONF-accredited testing facility, CNLabs establishes OpenFlow conformance
testing capabilities in India and provides SDN testing services to global
clients. CNLabs evaluates vendors’ networking products for conformance,
performance, and interoperability, and offers vendors the opportunity to
receive OpenFlow certification through ONF’s Conformance Testing Program.

“Our team is very excited to be a part of the vibrant ONF community, to help
increase adoption of this new paradigm that is transforming the current
networking landscape, and to encourage deployment of new technology and
services,” said Srinivas Vegesna, CEO of Criterion Networks. “Becoming an
ONF-approved lab is a significant milestone for us, which will also help in
increasing SDN awareness and adoption in India as well as across our
geographic region.”

In addition, Criterion Networks has also joined as a member company of ONF
through the organization’s newly-announced startup membership category. ONF
established this category to embrace the innovative work taking place within
startups, increasing organization collaboration and the advancement of open

“We extend a warm welcome to Criterion Network Labs as the first
ONF-accredited testing lab in India,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the
Open Networking Foundation. “This addition to our OpenFlow Conformance Testing
Program is an exciting development for our organization, as it further
strengthens our efforts to encourage interoperability, fosters application
development, helps increase awareness of the benefits of open SDN, and serves
to accelerate global adoption of this technology.”

For more information about the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program,
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

About Criterion Network Labs

Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs), an independent division of Criterion Networks
India Pvt. Ltd, is a network interoperability lab dedicated for testing
emerging networking products, technologies and solutions. The current
offerings of CNLabs are conformance, performance and interoperability testing
services for IPv6 and SDN enabled network products, protocols and technology

CNLabs also offers proof-of-concept and other deployment-level testing
programs to its global clients looking to validate their solution in a
multi-vendor environment and increase confidence in their IPv6 and SDN
deployment plans. For more information, please visit

About Criterion Networks

Criterion Networks provides emerging network technology deployment solutions
and services to network vendors, early adopter customers and network

Criterion Networks helps customers transition their network infrastructure to
IPv6 and evolve their network architecture to SDN. Its technology practices
offer network consulting and deployment services as well as develop
applications and tools that help seamlessly deploy new services and
technologies into the network.

Aligned with this mission, Criterion Networks also offers new skills training,
certification and interoperability testing services in IPv6 and SDN
technologies. For more information, please visit


McGrath/Power Public Relations for ONF
Andi Bean, 408-727-0351
Criterion Network Labs
Srinivas Vegesna, (80) 4152 9444
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