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Lumina SDN Controller and Lumina Topology Manager 7.3.0 Release Notes

Lumina SDN Controller and Lumina Topology Manager 7.3.0 Release Notes

Lumina Adds Support for Nitrogen SR3

Lumina is proud to announce the release of version 7.3.0 of our SDN Controller and Topology Manager products.

This release adds support for Nitrogen SR3, the last OpenDaylight Nitrogen release.

New features and enhancements include:

 

Full release notes and documentation can be found here: https://www.luminanetworks.com/doc/lsc/7.3.0/

If you wish to download a free trial of the Lumina SDN Controller with these updates, you can do so here: https://www.luminanetworks.com/softwares/sdn-controller-trial/

Lumina Networks Introduces PacketCable™ Multimedia Support

Lumina Networks Introduces PacketCable™ Multimedia Support

The CableLabs-developed interface software enables MSOs to support Quality of Service (QoS) using Lumina’s open source controller Powered by OpenDaylight™

CableLabs Summer Conference, Keystone, Colorado — Aug. 6, 2018 — Today Lumina Networks announced support for the open source PacketCable multimedia interface (PCMM) developed for OpenDaylight. Lumina will be discussing the technology with multiple system operators (MSOs) at this week’s CableLabs Summer Conference.

Lumina Networks is productizing the open source project that has been developed at CableLabs over the last several years. The tested, documented and supported interface enables MSOs to confidently roll PCMM into production. While many vendor products have supported the PCMM interface specification, this is the first commercialized edition of the community project. Lumina sees this as a stepping stone to broadening PCMM support within the MSO market.

Using the PCMM protocol from Lumina’s SDN controller, MSOs will be able to manage QoS for services such as voice over IP (VoIP). In addition to controlling QoS parameters in the cable modem termination system (CMTS), PCMM provides resource auditing and management and a robust security mechanism. Lumina’s SDN Controller provides an open source-based platform using a PCMM plugin and allows MSOs to deploy SDN without vendor lock in.

Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks explained, “Support of PacketCable QoS from an industry proven platform, such as the Lumina SDN Controller, further extends the benefits we can provide to the MSO market. Lumina now has the ability to help MSOs move SDN technology from the lab into production.”

“We are always pleased to see growing use of important CableLabs specifications such as the PacketCable Multi-Media protocol. We see our specifications as helping operators and vendors alike to enhance existing services and offer new services for their customers,” said Carmela Stuart, Director at CableLabs.

About Lumina Networks

 

Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods.  

About CableLabs

 

CableLabs is a non-profit innovation and R&D lab founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. The company develops technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services, and provides testing, certification facilities and technical leadership for the industry. Dating back to the launch of HFC in 1992 to the start of DOCSIS® in 1994, facilitating the MPEG standard and its work in coherent optics and wireless, CableLabs continues to build secure networks and technologies that have become the bedrock for the entire industry. The goal is to create a future that is more useful, more connected and more global, by repeatedly pushing the forefront of innovation, transforming concepts and impossibilities into practical and adoptable everyday uses.

PacketCable and CableLabs are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.

 

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Why SDN is about the Legacy Network

Why SDN is about the Legacy Network

Anil Vishnoi, Principal Software Engineer, Lumina Networks

Some ask why SDN is not more widely deployed. Part of the answer to this question is that most vendors require you to replace your existing equipment to “software define” your network.

Lumina has a unique approach to SDN migration that brings SDN to both your new network and your legacy network. This allows migration to SDN and NFV technologies while bringing benefits to your existing network equipment as well. Lumina’s Microservices framework is a key innovation that enables simultaneous SDN support for white boxes, virtualized network functions and legacy network equipment all via the Lumina SDN Controller.

 

Original article by TelecomTV. You can read it here.

 

Verizon Ventures CEO Center Stage: Andrew Coward, President and CEO of Lumina Networks

Verizon Ventures CEO Center Stage: Andrew Coward, President and CEO of Lumina Networks

Original article posted on the Verizon Ventures blog. Read it here.

What was the inspiration for starting Lumina Networks?

Finding disruptive technology is always exciting, and never more so than when disruption has the ability to completely change an industry, such as in the case of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Until Lumina Networks came to the market with new Open Daylight (ODL) -based solutions, the networking equipment business had become staid and boring. Sure, networking vendors were releasing ever bigger and faster products, but the cost points weren’t coming down fast enough, and unlike everything else in the data center, all the equipment was proprietary and vendor lock-in was normal. The proprietary nature of this networking equipment wasn’t cosmetic. It has impeded the ability of large enterprises and telecom operators to digitize and automate their processes and networks because each hardware vendor has their own exclusive set of tools and management methods that didn’t work with other vendors.

To address this, and over the last four years, the trifecta of SDN, network function virtualization (NFV) and open source has radically disturbed this ecosystem, bringing the same disruption to networking that standardized servers, Linux and virtualization has brought to compute.

So when open source arrived into the networking arena we knew (in Brocade) there was an opportunity to lead the industry by packaging and productizing the leading SDN open source project – OpenDaylight. Four years ago, Brocade released their first commercial OpenDaylight distribution and built a series of companion applications and services.

Rolling the clock forward three years (to August 2017), we formed Lumina Networks as a spin-off from Brocade to receive these open source SDN controller assets and take advantage of this industry paradigm shift. This opportunity came about very uniquely, following the Brocade/Broadcom acquisition, where all of Brocade’s business units were sold, leaving Broadcom with Brocade’s Fibre Channel assets.

It was clear from Brocade’s customer base (Verizon included) that there was a passion to make sure that the SDN controller would end up in an independent company and not be swallowed by a traditional networking vendor. As a consequence, we received a huge amount of support from these customers as we went through the Brocade spin-out process.

Your background is focused on building, growing and managing products for a variety of networking organizations. Can you tell us about the problem Lumina Networks aims to solve?

It was clear from the outset that many service providers and large enterprises are committed to using open source in their networks but needed support to take projects out of their labs and into live deployments. We choose the OpenDaylight controller as the base for our software because it has the unique ability to bring SDN control to existing optical and IP networks, to virtual network functions, and to white-box deployments.

While most existing SDN deployments have focused on using overlay technology, which assumes the existing network is already provisioned and working (think Contrail or SD-WAN), Lumina set out to bring SDN control to existing services such as E-Line and E-Tree, and enable these existing services to be incorporated with new virtual network functions and white boxes.

Congrats on your recent funding round! How will your new fund help Lumina Networks?

We are very happy to be working with Verizon Ventures who has been very supportive through the entire divestiture process and through this funding round. We are using these new funds to further package and productize OpenDaylight and our applications so our SDN controller can reach a wider set of customers. We have strong interest (and customers) in Europe and Japan, where we intend to focus sales and implementation services

Can you tell us about your growth in the past year?

Since we spun out of Brocade in August 2017, we’ve secured major contracts with two large US operators (including Verizon), and a large operator in Asia. We’ve also worked with a number of web-scale companies including Snapfish to automate their data centers. On the product side, we’re now on our third OpenDaylight release, and have productized around a number of solutions including SD-Core (enabling white-box deployment in MPLS networks), Kubernetes and legacy network integration.

What big trends is Lumina Networks following in open source software and SDN?

OpenDaylight is now part of the Linux Foundation which includes other significant open source projects including ONAP, Kubernetes and OPNFV (to name just a few). As networks move towards virtualization and open source, and away from end-to-end proprietary solutions, it’s important that Lumina fits into this larger ecosystem. To this end, we’re building SDN connectors into many of these projects.

It’s now been five years since the industry started down the SDN and NFV journey and it’s only now we’re starting to see real deployments at scale. Lumina is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this shift with an industry-accepted opensource controller and a ready team to bring these projects out of the lab.

Lumina Networks Closes $10 Million Series A Financing

Lumina Networks Closes $10 Million Series A Financing

 

Fast-growing open source networking company will use funds for new products and geographic expansion

SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 24, 2018 – Open source networking company, Lumina Networks, today announced the closing of its $10 million Series A financing, including $8 million in new funding led by Verizon Ventures. Other new investors included AT&T and Rahi Systems.

Operating independently, following a spin-off from Brocade in August 2017, Lumina Networks will use the funds to support the development of new products and innovative solutions using the Lumina SDN Controller powered by OpenDaylight™ and for expansion of business in Europe and Japan.

“This investment by both Verizon and AT&T demonstrates the strategic importance of open source networking to the automation and digitization of their networks,” said Andrew Coward, Founder and CEO of Lumina Networks. “We understand the value of our mission to take open source networking out of the labs of our customers and into production deployment. This funding will enable us to reach a wider customer base and realize the industry vision of easily deployable open source software-defined networking (SDN).”

The investment follows strong take-up of the Lumina SDN Controller by network operators in the first nine months of operations, with revenues more than double their pre-spin-off Brocade levels.

“SDN has emerged as a key architectural model in delivering the promised goals of next generation wireless networks such as 5G by enabling high speeds and low latency at lower cost points,” said Alexander Khalin, Director at Verizon Ventures. “Open source is instrumental to Verizon’s digital transformation, and the team at Lumina Networks has built world-class, carrier grade products and solutions in this space and truly understands how to effectively work with network operators on their transformational journey.  We look forward to their continued success in this field.”

“SDN is at the heart of our network transformation, and we’ve committed to virtualizing and software-controlling 75% of our core network functions by 2020,” said Chris Rice, Senior Vice President, AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design.  “Lumina’s leadership and work in OpenDaylight is important to creating a scalable software-defined network. Their open source business model is what our industry is moving to. Much of our future network will be powered by open source software, such as our white box initiative, and we’re excited to help drive innovation and collaboration in this space.”

“Lumina presents a hardware agnostic approach of bringing virtualization and control semantics to the Network. Lumina’s leadership brings strong expertise with a software defined approach for complex services provider (network, cloud & web) and enterprise networks,” said Tarun Raisoni, CEO at Rahi Systems.

About Lumina Networks

Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. We develop open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to jointly deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in Agile Software Development methods.

About Verizon Ventures

Verizon Ventures is the corporate venture capital unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and invests in promising entrepreneurial companies that are tackling some of today’s biggest technology challenges. With a collaborative approach to commercialization, Verizon Ventures is focused on helping companies connect financial resources with strategic, non-investment business functions necessary to deliver successful outcomes. Verizon Ventures partners with companies to help them scale substantively to impact society and lead to new markets. Over the last decade, Verizon Ventures has invested in more than 50 companies covering a range of industries and technologies. For more information, visit www.verizonventures.com and follow @verizonventures.

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Productizing open-source integration

Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks

We asked Lumina Networks’ CEO Andrew Coward, how companies can make best use of open source. “Open source is not a spectator sport,” says Andrew. “Sitting around and waiting for somebody to show up and deliver the equivalent of your existing vendor’s offering is not the right approach. So we work best when our customers are very engaged. And really,  it’s all about how you automate things.”

“It’s only been nine months, but what’s next from Lumina?” asked Guy.

“Productization. Up to recently we’ve been about individual customers and bringing them on this journey. So we’re now taking the best bits we’ve done and productizing them so they can be more easily adopted by mainstream, not just carriers, but large enterprises.”

 

 

Read the original article here.

Lumina Networks Unites Traditional BGP/MPLS Networks with White Box Switching Using New SD-Core Capabilities

Lumina Networks Unites Traditional BGP/MPLS Networks with White Box Switching Using New SD-Core Capabilities

This week, we implemented new features in our Flow Manager product that allow large network providers to immediately evolve their BGP/MPLS networks toward SDN, using a centralized controller and lower cost infrastructure. We will be demonstrating these features at the Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles.

SD-Core brings both existing BGP/MPLS routers and new white box switches, under the control of SDN, combining the use of BGP, PCEP, NETCONF, OpenFlow and P4, to deliver automated end-to-end services, provisioning and management.

“In every SDN deployment, bringing the existing network under an automation framework is the number one priority,” said our CEO, Andrew Coward. “What makes Lumina different, is our ability to operate a single control plane that software defines the existing routed network and enables white-box vendors to integrate into the solution with next-generation switching protocols. This allows our provider customers to offer their existing services seamlessly over both, while at the same time expanding their offers to more advanced services, thus bridging the gap between the old and new”.

Our Flow Manager now supports the ability to define VLAN, MPLS and Segment Routing intent paths over low-cost switches. Also, Flow Manager can assign packet transport services to the paths including E-Line, E-Tree, L2VPN or L3VPN.  To achieve these capabilities, Flow Manager runs using the Lumina SDN Controller, Powered by OpenDaylight™, along with the OpenFlow and BGP plugins provided by the controller.

The implementation includes a centralized path policy manager function providing many of the traffic management features found in traditional BGP/MPLS networks also provides very unique features including fine grained traffic classification at the service ingress node, traffic replication and point to multi-point (P2MP) services including “anycast” destinations, and L2-L4 packet field manipulation at the service egress node.

Lumina Flow Manager release 6.1 is available as a free trial version, along with the Lumina SDN Controller, Powered by OpenDaylight™ and can be obtained at https://www.luminanetworks.com

The Future of SDN and NFV

This post contains excerpts from Lumina Networks CEO Andrew Coward’s interview with TelecomTV.

The original source can be found here.

Network functions virtualization is on the rise, but not in the way that many thought. TelecomTV sat down with several industry leaders to discuss the future of NFV and SDN, and the role it will play in business technology and transformation in the years to come.

Lumina doesn’t believe in selling turnkey solutions, but also doesn’t believe in leaving the introduction and integration of its products to the CSP. We believe that we can serve as the catalyst for a company’s digital transformation initiatives, helping out on the heavy lifting while teaching our customers how to manage their network from the core to the edge and think outside the (hardware) box. By working closing with a CSP’s internal NetDev team to give them the tools they need to succeed, we set them up to win the long-term process of transformation without sacrificing short-term gains.

“[We] soon came to realize that our market could be divided into early adopters and laggards. CSPs’ likely willingness (or not) to engage properly in this way could be gauged by how diligently they approached things like a [request for proposal],” he says. “We found this created a self-selection process for us because the ones that asked the right questions were more receptive to us and more willing to “play catch” with some of the open source projects.”

However some went the other way, saying “We don’t need any help, we’re going to do everything ourselves and manage everything. But inevitably some of those customers found it was a Herculean task to do all the integration, manage the new open source code, compile it, keep it reliable and keep up with the changes.”

So some of those companies that had originally struck out on their own subsequently had a change of strategy and came back saying, “You know what, it doesn’t make sense for us to manage the relationship with open source or adding new features when you guys can do that.”

That turned out to be a viable business model for Lumina. “On one level we help with the integration, but what we really do is provide abstraction,” claims Andrew. “With SDN we’re trying to separate the business logic of the carrier – which defines the services – from the underlying hardware and from the vendors […].

“The great thing is that everything that gets built gets put back into the community and makes the job much easier the next time around.”

The abstraction layer also hopefully avoids the CSP customer accruing what’s known as ‘technical debt’. That occurs when devices are integrated directly or tactically (without an abstraction layer) creating a debt that will have to be paid back with interest in integration difficulties later.

“Five years ago we didn’t comprehend the need for CSP culture change to enable transformation,” says Andrew. “But things have changed greatly with SDNFV over the past four years especially. The industry has had to move from a science project through to ‘available in the lab’ and then to something that could be deployable. In the great scheme of things I think we’ve moved remarkably quickly on the open source side of things to make that happen.”

Most importantly it’s turned out that the industry wasn’t – as it perhaps at first thought – introducing a new technical framework and, ‘Oh by the way, you might have to change how you do things a little’. It now looks as though we’re introducing new ways of engaging with customers software, services and suppliers with some necessary and useful technology coming along for the ride. Culture change in other words, has become the prize, not the price.

There’s no doubt the process has been slower than thought. Why?

Andrew thinks “a lot of stuff got stuck in the labs and there was a feeling that everything had to be new.” In too many cases that appeared to mean white boxes needed to replace legacy hardware and there was a feeling that “before we can adopt this technology we need to put data centres in,” Andrew maintains.

“Actually, on the SDN side it’s predominantly all about the existing equipment. So not about replacing, but making the ‘physical’ equipment work with the new virtual environment,” he says.

Another reason software might stay in the lab might be a pervasive fear of ‘failure’ on the part of many CSPs, somewhat at odds with the IT “fail fast” credo. Allied to this can be a reluctance to upgrade the network – in sharp contrast to the constant upgrading undertaken by the hyperscale players many carriers would like to emulate.

Overcoming the upgrade phobia would help the new software ‘escape the lab’ on a more timely basis says Andrew.

“We’re looking for customers who have captured this technology and understand what it is they want to do. Typically they have stuff in the labs and they now want to get it out and they need a partner to help them do that. They don’t want to hand the task off to an outsourcing company because they’ll lose the learnings that they have and they won’t be in control of the outcomes. So they want to keep doing it but they know they need some expertise to help them with that process.”

 

Lumina Networks is proud to be a partner for the Linux Foundation. We will be exhibiting our industry-leading SD Controller at the Open Networking Summit next week in Los Angeles, and look forward to meeting with attendees to help them learn how to get the most out of the network and start on the path toward full digital transformation and business digitization.

 

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