Kevin Woods

Don’t Be Afraid of Open Source

Don’t Be Afraid of Open Source

Open source is arguably one of the hottest trends in tech these days and in the networking space specifically. This week we heard about IBM’s huge acquisition of Red Hat, and recently we’ve seen deals around Microsoft and GitHub, Salesforce and MuleSoft, and Cloudera and Hortonworks. In the networking space specifically, we’ve seen the initiation of ONAP (the Open Network Automation Platform), OSM (Open Source MANO), OpenConfig and the maturation of OpenDaylight.

Amidst all this positive activity, I continue to find that trepidation around open source persists, especially among people in the networking space, where the open source trend is relatively recent. To help alleviate some confusion, I’d like to take on three common myths about open source.

Myth #1 – Open source is a “do it yourself” approach

While open source platforms put control in the hands of the user, this doesn’t have to mean “DIY”. There is a long list of vendors that can provide support and work upstream in the open source community on behalf of their customers. Lumina Networks along with our partners Cloudify, Amdocs and many others offer supported distributions.

However, for those that do want to keep more of their engineering in-house, open source communities are public efforts, under public licenses and DIY is an option for those that want to work in the open source community. Bottom line, YOU are in control how much you want to balance vendor support with home-grown engineering.

Open-Source-BenefitsMyth #2 – Open source means giving away your intellectual property

Quite the opposite is true. Open source, in most cases, can allow you to leverage a common platform and spend more of your engineering effort working on proprietary software that is specific to your business. Open source platforms are, being multi-vendor, naturally architected to support proprietary extensions and vendor or service-specific interfaces.

Everybody involved in open source has some type of business interest in either selling software or services that can be differentiated. So, the open source community tends to work on common platform-oriented software that does not contain proprietary code. This is where an understanding of open source licensing can be helpful. Most open source licenses are oriented around balancing common platform development while allowing for service-specific extensions.

Myth #3 – Open source is a difficult business model

When people say this, they are usually referring to the over-simplified concept that open source software is “free” and so it is reasonable to ask: “how can anybody make any money?” On the vendor side, there are plenty of profitable business models that include services and support programs, value-added software development and vendor-specific interfaces and testing for system integration. The recent headline exits for RedHat and others testify to the potential value of the open source business model.

But I like to look at open source business models more from the engineering cost side of the balance sheet. In other words, “How much engineering cost would it require your organization to develop the open source platform that you are using?”. Looking at open source in this way sheds a different light on the myth.

In Summary

Open source has a lot to offer network providers, vendors and the industry in general in terms of speeding up the development and deployment of new technologies such as 5G. In fact, open source may be the only good mechanism we now have to develop the platforms required for these next-generation networks.

So, we at Lumina Networks, encourage looking at open source from the developer’s point of view, and the benefits it can bring from that angle. Whether you are a developer or a consumer of networking software, get involved in the open source community and become a contributor to the emerging platforms that are going to carry us all into the future. And most definitely, don’t be afraid!

Best Startup Award 2018 – SDN NFV World Congress

Best Startup Award 2018 – SDN NFV World Congress

Last week at the SDN NFV World Congress show we were honoured to receive the Best Startup award for 2018. I’d like to mention some of the reasons why we believe Lumina Networks was selected, and why we are a unique start-up company.

Lumina Networks is dedicated to a broader vision in the advancement of networking than just a set of new features or a new application. Lumina is founded on the idea that the convergence of network virtualization, cloud and DevOps will fundamentally change the way network technologies are envisioned, created and deployed.

In a virtualized or cloud environment, the network itself operates much like an application. The orchestration of the network will be closely related to the setup and arrangement of the applications and tenants. The network must dynamically accommodate application mobility and changes, especially when the applications and virtual network functions are distributed as in 5G and Mobile Edge Computing.

This requires a complete re-thinking of the way the network is architected and even how the network is managed and deployed.  The days where IT and Network Engineering could operate autonomously are becoming history. The teams will need to work together closely to make sure that application performance, data integrity and service continuity are all considered as inter-related and co-equal.

SDN NFV World Congress

A key element in achieving this needed harmony is the use of open source platforms. In particular, Lumina Networks is the industry’s leading supplier of the OpenDaylight Controller. And, Lumina is the first networking company to focus on a pure-play open source business model. Verizon and AT&T understand the need for this model to succeed are investing in Lumina accordingly, in addition to being two of our largest customers.

Open source communities are a mechanism to foster the needed cooperation between vendors, customer network engineering teams and customer IT departments.  Furthermore, because Open source communities focus on developing the actual code, cooperation results in usable software that can be tested, trialled and ultimately deployed.

Lumina Networks is a new unique company that brings all of these dynamics together into a set of products and services that help our customers begin their journey to next-generation software networking.  Lumina’s open source-based platform provides the basis for the deployment of SDN and NFV with vendor support and without vendor lock-in.  Our upstream open source community leadership and contributions ensure that our customers get the benefits of multi-vendor platforms.  Finally, Lumina’s NetDev services help our customer integrate the technology into their existing and future network environments while we transfer the skills and knowledge to our customers that makes them self-sufficient.

Thanks again to our friends in the analyst community who served as judges for the contest and our friends at Layer123 for the opportunity and venue.

What Does Cloud-Ready Mean?

What Does Cloud-Ready Mean?

I’m sure you’ve heard the question, “It is cloud-ready?” Is there any real substance to this question? Or is cloud-ready just another marketing term used by the vendors? At Lumina Networks, we believe there’s substance behind the cloud-ready question and a lot to consider. I’d like to propose a longer form of the same question. In other words: Can your application be deployed and automated as a virtual network function, independent of the underlying infrastructure?

This is a critical question, not only for the optimization of user applications and services, but true cloud-readiness also allows us to evolve or swap-out the underlying infrastructure with minimal disruption of the services – an often over-looked sub-point. So, let’s dissect this heavily loaded question into some basic parts.

Getting Could Ready

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has a three-part definition for applications that can operate cloud-native.

  1. Containerized – Each part (applications, processes, etc.) is packaged in its own container. This facilitates reproducibility, transparency and resource isolation.
  2. Dynamically orchestrated – Containers are actively scheduled and managed to optimize resource utilization.
  3. Microservices-oriented – Applications are segmented into microservices. This significantly increases the overall agility and maintainability of applications.

An infrastructure built in this way is intrinsically agile and can be scaled on demand. And, in this cloud-native world some of the clear distinctions between cloud applications and networking applications, or virtual network functions (VNFs) disappear. Network elements run like applications and are often deployed on the same compute infrastructure as the applications they serve.

As we consider moving our applications and network functions toward cloud-readiness, there are a myriad of options in terms of surrounding tools and infrastructure to make cloud-readiness possible. In addition, there is a complex maze of support compatibilities and incompatibilities between tools and versions. And all of this is evolving in time to make the task even more daunting. Project and tool names include OpenStack, Kubertetes, Lifecycle Orchestration, ONAP, OSM, just to name a few, and within each of these, there are numerous projects and options. It’s no wonder that the SDN and NFV market is nowhere near the size we thought it would be by now.

There are, however, parts of these architectures where the tools are more mature, stable and can be a sensible choice. This week, at the SDN and NFV World Congress show in the Hauge, we were happy to announce our solution partnership with Cloudify. Lumina and Cloudify can, together, help you start your cloud-ready journey with relatively low complexity and risk. Even better, buying into the platforms that Lumina and Cloudify together support, get you on the road to what will be the eventual open source standards. OpenDaylight, which Lumina uses as its open source platform and ONAP, which is, in part, based on Cloudify’s open source orchestration initiative, include some of the more stable components of a cloud-ready architecture.

At least one tier-one has deployed a joint Lumina and Cloudify solution, with the understanding that this step will lead in the right direction toward their long-term architecture. And there’s more to come. In the next few weeks, we will be publishing more information about practical steps that you can take now to move toward cloud-ready applications.

Cloud-readiness is an important question and the answer can be complex. Good news – there are some low-risk moves you can start today that will get you going in the right direction. Lumina and Cloudify can help.

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.  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

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 Contact

Kevin Woods

(408) 708-3816

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!


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 Follow NoviFlow on Twitter @NoviFlowInc.


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 Follow us on Twitter @luminanetworks .


For NoviFlow Inc.

Liza Colburn

+1 (781) 562-0111


Lumina Contact

Kevin Woods

+1 (408) 906-8514


Lumina Networks、SDN市場に参入

設されたLumina Networks~
【東京、2017年8月8日発表】 Lumina Networks, Inc.(本社:米国カリフォルニア州サンノゼ
、CEO:Andrew Coward)は、Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.よりSDNコントローラ
製品ファミリに関連する資産を取得して、SDN(Software-Defined Networking)市場に進出した
世界最大のサービスプロバイダの何社かを含む顧客と取引しています。Lumina SDNコントロー
テムを共同開発します。Lumina NetDevサービスは、Lumina製品、オープンソース・プロジェクト

Lumina Networksの最高経営責任者(CEO)であるアンドリュー・カワード(Andrew Coward)は、
ソースを使用できるよう支援するためにLumina Networksを立ち上げました。しかし、ただ技術を
 Lumina SDN Controller:完全にテスト、文書化、品質保証されたOpenDaylight版の
Lumina SDN Controllerは、ネットワークを制御し、そのノードを管理する共通のオープン・
 Lumina Flow Manager:効率的なトラフィックフローを実現するパス計算などの高度なアルゴ
 Lumina Zero Touch Installer:仮想CPEなどのデバイスの初期化に、正しいソフトウェア・イ

ACG Research社の最高経営責任者(CEO)兼主任アナリストであるRay Mota(レイ・モタ)氏は
「Lumina Networksは、オープン性を備え、技術革新を重ねていくことで、SDN市場において明確
Lumina Networksは、日本仮想化技術株式会社(本社:東京都渋谷区、代表取締役社長:宮原
技術のオープンソース・ソフトウェア・コンサルティング能力は、Lumina Networksのオープンソー
ス製品とNetDevサービスを補完するものです。 Luminaと日本仮想化技術は、日本の顧客向け
にSDN、NFV、ネットワーク自動化、DevOps、 およびNetOpsに焦点を置いた最先端プロジェク
●Lumina Networksについて
Lumina Networksは、ネットワーク・プロバイダが開発を制御できるオープンなソフトウェア・ネット
ワークの稼働の移行を促進します。Lumina Networksは、オープンソース・プラットフォームを開
©2017 Lumina Networks. All Rights Reserved.
Lumina NetworksおよびLumina Networksのロゴおよびシンボルは、米国およびその他の国に
おけるLumina Networks、Inc.の商標または登録商標です。その他の商標は第三者に帰属して
Lumina Networks, Inc.
Kevin Woods
Tel: +81 (408) 906-8514

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