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Linux Foundation Announces New Networking Fund for Open Source

Linux Foundation Announces New Networking Fund for Open Source

Lumina Networks is proud to announce its Founding Gold-level membership for the Linux Foundation’s new networking fund. This is a major consolidation of LF’s networking projects into a larger umbrella networking group. While it won’t change the individual projects for OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV and others, it will definitely raise the stature of networking as one of the Linux Foundation’s primary areas of focus.

As a key contributor and leader of OpenDaylight, I’d like to comment from Lumina Network’s experience on how open source is playing a role in the generational change we are seeing in networking.

Open Source is Fast

Open Source is the quickest way to take ideas from concept to testing. In the past, ideas would be argued within the IETF or ETSI, sometimes for years, before vendors would create a compliant derivative. In the Open Source world, the whole approach is to write code first to prove concepts and try things that others can build upon. Bottom line, if you build your PoCs and ultimately production systems on Open Source platforms, you’re going to be moving quicker.

Open Source Changes the Balance of Power

Second, Open Source is a mechanism you can use to influence your vendors. If the vendor is supporting a platform, you should insist that platform be based on or compliant with the Open Source platform. If your vendor creates applications that run on a platform, you can insist that the application run on the Open Source platform and be portable to different distributions. This clarifies the work needed by the vendor and reduces the need for behemoth RFI/RFP documents to specify platform functions.

Open Source Attracts Innovation

Third and perhaps most important, Open Source will beckon a new class of innovators and technologists within your organization. Let’s face it, most of the “movers and shakers” in the industry are now involved in Open Source projects. When an Open Source community thrives, there’s no better way for the thought leaders in your organization to contribute their ideas at an industry-level and sharpen their skills as technologists.

All of these benefits- faster development cycles, increased influence on the vendor community and advancing the technology skills of your organization are essential in order to compete in the new software-defined world. Think of Open Source first, it’s one of the best ways to get to where you are going quickly.

Lumina Networks Releases its SDN Controller Version 7

Lumina Networks Releases its SDN Controller Version 7

Lumina Networks Releases its SDN Controller Version 7

 The First Commercial Distribution of an SDN Controller, Powered by OpenDaylight™ Nitrogen, Improves Ease of Deployment

San Jose, California — Dec. 19, 2017— Today Lumina Networks introduced version 7.1 of the company’s SDN Controller, powered by OpenDaylight™ Nitrogen.   This major release, Lumina Network’s second, since launching the company in August 2017, includes simplified package management via Apache Karaf 4.0, streamlined support for software patch delivery and expanded testing ensuring product quality for the company’s major service provider customers.

“This new release further enhances our ability to move SDN deployments out of the lab and into the network by providing a high-quality and supported SDN control plane that is vendor-neutral and adaptable to both brownfield and greenfield use cases”, said Andrew Coward, Lumina Networks’ CEO.  “This high-quality SDN platform along with Lumia Networks’ NetDev Services allow for production-quality service integration for a wide variety of vendor networking equipment and orchestration tools.”

Lumina Networks’ SDN controller is commonly used by major service providers to deploy SDN use cases such as SD-Core, Network Configuration control, and Virtual Network Function management.   In addition to the SDN Controller and NetDev Services, the company offers specific applications such as Fabric Manager for Kubernetes®, Lumina Flow Manager, for OpenFlow management, and VNF Manager for configuration of virtualized network functions.

Lumina Networks offers free downloads for trial at www. luminanetworks.com.  Upgrades to version 7.1 for existing customers will become available on Friday, December 22nd.

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.

© 2017 Lumina Networks. All Rights Reserved.

Lumina Networks and the Lumina networks logo and symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumina Networks, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Other marks may belong to third parties.

Lumina Networks’ Contact

Kevin Woods

(408) 708-3816

kevin@luminanetworks.com

SD-Core – Do Operators Really Want to Evolve Their MPLS Networks?

During our recent webinar hosted by SDxCentral on SD-Core, we took a survey of interest on SD-Core and polled the audience on some of their preferences in where SD-Core will be applied.   What is the definition of SD-Core?  SD-Core is the term for the set of use cases that involve the evolution of core network technologies, such as MPLS, toward software defined networking.   SD-Core is very different from SD-WAN, in that it pertains to the architecture of the service provider’s internal core network.

The term SD-Core is being coined because we at Lumina Networks are seeing the service providers looking to rapidly evolve their core networks and we are involved in several initiatives at major service providers globally.  These initiatives involve both PoCs and deployments of various stages.  Developments such as SD-WAN, 5G and others are putting pressure on the core networks not just in terms of traffic load, but also in terms of the need for service agility.   Most of the market research I’ve seen says that carriers as a group are spending between 3 and 5 Billion dollars (US) per year on core network enhancements.

Our webinar attendees were admittedly parties interested in the SD-Core in the first place, but it’s still interesting to look at the poll results between the various options.

When asked, “if you are planning to evolve your MPLS core-based services, what underlying technologies are you considering?”, the audience was conservative.

The clear winner was adding central control to the existing network.  I would interpret that to mean a desire for improved service agility and automation for the existing infrastructure.   This also reflects our business at Lumina Networks as much of our NetDev activity centers on adding SDN control capabilities to already-installed switches and routers.   Running in close second were the set of protocols that would involve changes to the underlying infrastructure including the desire for whiteboxes, OpenFlow or the very latest technology, P4.

So, for the next question, “what services are you looking to evolve to an SDN-based core network?”  The results are not a surprise.

At a glance, this data likely reflects the service that network engineers administer today.

At Lumina Networks, we believe that core networking is ripe for a disruption.  Emerging data plane technologies along with advances in open-source-based orchestration and control software are too compelling for service providers to keep doing things the old way.  The question will be in how service providers transition their networks to the new technologies while maintaining their core network services.    We’ll have more on hybrid core networking in a future Blog.   Stay tuned to Lumina Networks!

 

Press Release: Lumina Networks delivers first commercial OpenDaylight integration with Kubernetes®

Press Release: Lumina Networks delivers first commercial OpenDaylight integration with Kubernetes®

Lumina Networks delivers first commercial OpenDaylight integration with Kubernetes®

Lumina Fabric Manager enables Kubernetes to control Ethernet switch fabrics from major industry vendors

SYDNEY, Australia, OpenStack Summit —Nov. 8, 2017—Lumina Networks, Inc. a market leading provider of SDN controller solutions Powered by OpenDaylight™, today announced the availability of Lumina Fabric Manager, a plug-in for Kubernetes that enables automated control and orchestration of physical Ethernet switches and fabrics from companies such as Cisco and Juniper.

The solution takes advantage of the “universal translator” abstraction capabilities of OpenDaylight to translate Kubernetes network intent into actions in the switch fabric, and helps expand the network capabilities and reach of Kubernetes from the virtual to physical world.

By deploying Lumina’s Fabric Manager, customers can shift the compute burden of networking from servers to their existing Ethernet switches.  In turn, this can free-up compute resources to allow higher density containers, to facilitate the delivery of higher and more consistent network performance.

Aside from the performance and resource gains, customers can benefit from the solution by having Kubernetes automatically control the flow of network traffic within their data centers and equipment racks to containers, provisioned in real-time.   This means that configuration of their switch fabric is kept synchronized with the networking requirements of each container.

“Lumina Networks is focused on delivering SDN applications on-top of OpenDaylight and bringing customers’ SDN projects out of the lab and into the live network”, said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks.  “Lumina’s Fabric Manager is a perfect example of taking a real-world SDN problem and productizing a solution for large-scale adoption.”

“As we have plans to migrate compute workloads from hypervisors to containers, we recognized that Kubernetes alone could not automate provisioning on our Juniper Networks QFX™ switch fabric” said Brian Chan, Head of Infrastructure at Snapfish.  “We plan to deploy Lumina’s SDN Controller to interface between Kubernetes and the Ethernet Switches and provide fully automated network provisioning from container-based workloads to our physical network and appliances.”

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 Snapfish

Snapfish is an industry leading photo retailer which was founded in 1999 by a group of entrepreneurs who wanted to create a service to provide users the ability to store, share, and print their photos online. Today, Snapfish continues as a prominent photo platform to large retailers as well as a leading direct to consumer, world-wide brand providing innovative and inspiring products and services to help customers bring their photos to life.  Snapfish helps over 100 million members across 3 continents manage their most cherished memories and create personalized products from any device. Our customers entrust billions of photos with us, we add more than a million new members worldwide each month, millions of photos daily and provide product services around the world.

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Lumina Networks and the Lumina networks logo and symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumina Networks, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Other marks may belong to third parties.

 

Lumina Contact

Kevin Woods

(408) 708-3816

kevin@luminanetworks.com

Press Release: NoviFlow and Lumina Networks Partner to Deliver Industry’s First SD-Core Networking Solution

NoviFlow and Lumina Networks Partner to Deliver Industry’s First SD-Core Networking Solution

NoviFlow’s NoviWare NOS Combined with Lumina’s SDN Controller, deliver carrier-grade MPLS core router capabilities at a fraction of the cost of proprietary vendor solutions.

The Hague, Netherlands, October 9, 2017 – NoviFlow Inc., a leading vendor of high-performance OpenFlow-based switching and routing solutions, and Lumina Networks, Inc. a market leading provider of vendor-independent SDN controller and applications powered by OpenDaylight™, today announced a partnership to deliver a Software Defined Core – SD-Core, using the world’s highest performance MPLS and Segment Routing based forwarding plane.

SD-Core redefines a carrier-grade architecture and technology-set for deploying scalable MPLS and Segment Routing based networks using SDN and white box technologies, enabling network providers to evolve their core networks to SDN, while retaining the protocols, products and reliability of their existing networks.

The solution builds on the needs of large MPLS networks to scale beyond the capabilities of typical core routers, while reducing costs, and enabling modern SDN and VNF-based architectures. Distributing the forwarding and data planes into separate elements, allows large network providers to adopt SDN, scale their control plane, adopt white box switches but keep their existing core router vendor, through a cap-and-switch strategy.

Unlike competing white box solutions, NoviWare, Noviflow’s high-performance OpenFlow forwarding plane software has been designed to address the complex MPLS requirements of carrier-grade networks and delivers over a million simultaneous flows using a programmable match-action pipeline, supporting all OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.4 actions, instructions and match fields, along with key OpenFlow 1.5 features.

Providing control and applications for NoviWare’s dataplane, Lumina’s SDN Controller provides OpenFlow control to the data plane, while working with the network’s legacy routing software to integrate seamlessly with existing network nodes. Interfaces for provisioning, service assurance and operational tasks are made available via REST APIs and can be integrated with orchestrators to support TOSCA NFV service definitions.

The solution is built to allow the gradual migration of MPLS services – point-to-point E-line, L3VPN, E-tree, etc. to the new infrastructure, allowing the capping of investment of legacy core routers, while the network evolves to deliver new SDN-based services.

Dominique Jodoin, President and CEO of NoviFlow, explained, “The alliance between Lumina and NoviFlow provides a compelling new end-to-end solution for MPLS and Segment Routing, extending the radical CAPEX and OPEX benefits of SDN/OpenFlow beyond the network’s edge and into the spine and core. NoviWare provides a single uniform open standard-based forwarding plane interface for OpenFlow, gRPC, and soon gNMI and P4-runtime, finally delivering the programmable network that Tier 1 carriers, network infrastructure providers, and enterprises have been waiting for. NoviFlow is honored to join forces with a key player such as Lumina Networks to offer unprecedented feature/performance in commercial SDN solutions.”

“Taking specific SDN use cases out of the lab and deploying them in real customers, with real problems is the cornerstone of our value.” said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “It’s rare that a new solution is simultaneously lower cost, higher-performance and ready for production, so working with NoviFlow to evolve the core of our MPLS customers’ networks is a real demonstration of the power of SDN used with white box technology”. “However, we don’t expect customers to rip and replace their existing network, but rather cap their investments in traditional core routers and start migrating non-mission critical traffic, build confidence and then move to a considered migration of traffic, blending old and new networks together – a ‘journey to the SD-Core’, so to speak.”

NoviFlow’s NoviWare running on NPU’s and Barefoot’s Tofino will be demonstrated live in NoviFlow’s booth (#A10) at the SDN and NFV World Congress on October 10-13, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Lumina will also be demonstrating the SD-Core solution live in their booth (#A09). We invite all interested parties to come by and see the best in SDN/OpenFlow solutions!

ABOUT NOVIFLOW

NoviFlow Inc. provides open standard-based high-performance SDN networking solutions to network operators, data center operators and enterprises seeking greater performance, flexibility, cost-efficiency, and security over their networks. NoviFlow has offices in Montreal, Sunnyvale and Seattle, and representatives in Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit https://noviflow.com/. Follow NoviFlow on Twitter @NoviFlowInc.

ABOUT LUMINA NETWORKS

Lumina Networks, Inc. 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.

For more information, visit https://www.luminanetworks.com/. Follow us on Twitter @luminanetworks .

PRESS CONTACTS

For NoviFlow Inc.

Liza Colburn

+1 (781) 562-0111

liza@crescendocc.com

 

Lumina Contact

Kevin Woods

+1 (408) 906-8514

kevin@luminanetworks.com

 

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