SAN JOSE, Calif. – Twenty companies participated in the second plugfest for the OpenFlow protocol for software-defined networking. The event was hosted by the Open Networking Foundation
at the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education
which ONF selected as the first certified lab for its conformance testing.
Brocade, Ciena, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei and NEC were among the companies who participated. At the event, as many as 50 engineers tested commercial and prototype controllers and switches, using OpenFlow versions 1.0 and 1.2 for topology discovery and layer 2-3 use cases including use of virtual machines.[Get a 10% discount on ARM TechCon 2012 conference passes by using promo code EDIT. Click here to learn about the show and register.]
The Oct. 8-12 event followed the group’s first plugfest in March. “We not only saw growth in participants and products being tested, but we also saw a movement towards commercial controllers that are available on the market,” said Mike Haugh, senior marketing product manager at Ixia and chair of ONF’s Testing & Interoperability Working Group, speaking in an ONF press release.
“Brocade continues to develop SDN solutions for enterprises and service providers, enabling new levels of control over the network for increased business agility, new service models and better IT asset utilization," Daniel Williams, director of product marketing for routing and application delivery products at Brocade, said in the ONF statement.
“We were excited to be able to test our OpenFlow 1.2 controller and switch with other vendors,” said Justin Joubine Dustzadeh, chief technology officer and vice president, technology strategy, networks at Huawei.
"We brought our ProgrammableFlow Controller PF6800, ProgrammableFlow Switches PF5240, PF5820, and our newest OpenFlow-based virtual switch, the PF1000,” said Su-Hun Yun, senior manager at NEC Corporation of America. “All have tested successfully, with both the switches and other controllers represented at the plugfest,” he said.Related stories:Google describes its OpenFlow networkTI, Stanford explore OpenFlow silicon