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Certification for OpenFlow now available

Veronica C. Silva | Aug. 12, 2013
Vendors can get certification that their solutions comply with SDN standard

With some of the top IT companies behind software-defined networking (SDN), the next step to push it further in the market is but certification. 

And this is what the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is offering to IT vendors out there who have already started offering their solutions in the market. 

The Foundation was founded by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo! in 2011 to promote SDN and OpenFlow, a specification that standardises how SDN should be deployed. 

The Foundation said it is offering the OpenFlow Conformance Program to networking vendors to allow them to demonstrate compliance with the OpenFlow specification. 

“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 vendor.” 

With the ONF certification, SDN users are assured of shorted development cycles, faster product deployment, and advance access to testing protocols through activities such as the ONF PlugFest program, said ONF. 

As the foundation is only two years old, SDN is relatively new in the market as well. A simple Google search would reveal that there are many FAQ-like discussions and posts about what SDN is. 

Nevertheless, ONF members are “at the forefront of SDN innovation and commercialisation, and the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Program underscores an organisation’s dedication to end-users, ” added Bauer. 

The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) has been identified as the first independent lab for testing the ONF OpenFlow Conformance testing. More labs are in the accreditation process. The labs certify that the vendor solutions meet the ONF OpenFlow Conformance Test Specification requirements. 


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