Stephanie Owyoung

SD-WAN and SD-Core: Understanding the Differences

SD-WAN and SD-Core: Understanding the Differences

When we talk with communications service providers (CSPs) about our SD-Core solution, one of the most common questions we get is, “Is this like SD-WAN?” The short answer is no, not at all, totally different. They are so different, we weren’t sure we should even write this clarification for it’s like comparing apples to oranges. In fact, it would probably be quicker to list the things that SD-Core and SD-WAN have in common. They both start with “SD,” and… that’s about it.

Of course, that common acronym for “software-defined” likely contributes to the confusion. So, let’s break down the differences.


Different Solutions for Different Users


For CSPs, SD-WAN is typically a third-party connectivity solution that you resell to business customers to connect their branches. The “SD” part refers to how this solution decides which network path to use for different applications, usually among public broadband connections, for which SD-WAN acts as a logical overlay – not necessarily centralized SD controls, per se. Note that it’s the third-party SD-WAN solution making these decisions, not the service provider.

SD-Core, on the other hand, is a tool that CSPs use to optimize internal traffic management over their own infrastructures. With SD-Core, you can define the specific network paths you want traffic to use when traversing your network, and automatically establish and monitor those paths.

For example, you can map individual enterprise customers to their own paths one-to-one. Or, you can aggregate traffic from multiple customers along the same path, based on whatever type of classification you implement to support your business plans. In either case, you can classify traffic in a way that’s much simpler and more scalable than traditional, distributed traffic engineering approaches like RSVP-TE or LDP.


Different Use Cases


Another big area of differentiation is use cases. For SD-WAN, there’s just one: connecting an enterprise’s branches to a central data center and/or each other. SD-Core, on the other hand, can enable a wide range of use cases, including:

  • Core Offload:  Use SD-Core to extend your current CapEx investments by decongesting the expensive MPLS core and diverting less critical traffic to a parallel core built from “white box” network elements. Telstra is using this model right now to support advanced analytics. They can uncover deep insights by routing random samples of network traffic to a new analytics server farm—without having to consume revenue-generating core network capacity to do it.
  • Core Optimization:  Optimize the existing MPLS core by using centralized traffic engineering (Segment Routing), which scales much better than conventional distributed models. Many service providers find this extremely useful in outfitting their existing “brownfield” core networks to support new capabilities and software-defined automation.
  • Network Slicing:  Map traffic from different applications to “slices” of the network that support specific requirements or 5G use cases. For example, automatically route business video traffic over one slice optimized for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), while directing customer IoT traffic towards the slice designed for Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC).

Another way to think about the difference between the two solutions: SD-WAN is one type of logical overlay, typically, that third-party vendors (like VeloCoud, Cisco Viptela) can operate on top of your physical network infrastructure. SD-Core is a tool you can use to build your own logical overlays for your infrastructure, as well as perform other types of traffic engineering. You could use SD-Core to create an SD-WAN offering. But you could also use it to do much more.


SD-Core vs. SD-WAN Cheat Sheet
Who is the user? Enterprise customers Service providers
What does it do? Connects distributed offices with a central data center and each other. Helps service providers customize traffic-handling over their networks—whether traffic comes from enterprises or the CSP’s own edge traffic.
What kind of software-defined intelligence does it provide? Can identify different types of application traffic (voice, video, web conferencing) and route each along a different logical path. Provides fine-grained traffic engineering capability to define logical paths across the network for any purpose (e.g., for specific 5G use cases, customers, SLA tiers), and automates setup and monitoring of those paths in the network.
Who controls the SD traffic handling? The SD WAN solution vendor. The CSP has no control over how traffic is routed. The service provider. Telcos use Lumina SD-Core APIs to directly control traffic grooming on the network. Typically, they use standards-based mechanisms to define traffic paths such as BGP, MPLS-TE, or Segment Routing.   
Where does it operate in the network? Typically functions as a logical “overlay.” Optimizes traffic in the network “underlay.”
Which use cases does it support? Branch connectivity SD-Core enables a wide range of use cases, including:

  • Core Offload
  • Core Optimization
  • Network Slicing
What standard does it support? SD-WAN is a proprietary solution and locked-in to a specific SD-WAN vendor. The Customer Premise Devices are proprietary, and so is the interface between the CPE and the cloud-based SDWAN controller. There is no mix-and-match possible owing to a lack of standardization. Luminas SD-Core is a standards based offering and it supports the IETF Segment Routing RFCs. It uses the standards prescribed for centralized traffic engineering which touches upon standards across BGP, PCEP and many IGPs. For the OpenFlow and optical domains, it uses standards prescribed by communities from those domains.



Using SD-Core


If you’re imagining the possibilities that scalable traffic engineering and customized network paths can bring to your organization, it’s easy to get started. Lumina offers the SD-Core solution for three types of networks: optical, packet, and white-box/flow-based networks that use OpenFlow.

In each case, the solution includes:

  • Lumina SDN Controller, our quality-assured edition of the industry-leading OpenDaylight open SDN controller
  • Lumina Extension & Adaptation Platform (LEAP), a model-driven software platform to automate heterogeneous networks
  • Lumina’s Path Computation Engine, a domain-agnostic path computation engine that can work for a wide variety of networks such as Ethernet, IP/MPLS, Optical, OpenFlow, P4 etc. It supports a wide variety of constraints as well
  • Lumina Network Resource Manager (NRM) Applications, which provision and monitor traffic-engineered paths across the different types of networks—packet, optical, and flow.  

Read more about SD-Core on our website and contact us today to schedule a demo.


OpenDaylight, Most Pervasive Open Source SDN Controller is here!

OpenDaylight, Most Pervasive Open Source SDN Controller is here!

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across networking projects, today announced OpenDaylight (ODL), the most pervasive open source Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller, celebrates its sixth anniversary with the release of OpenDaylight Neon.

The Linux Foundation’s first networking project and now part of LFN, OpenDaylight was founded in 2013 as an open source framework to accelerate adoption, foster innovation, and create a more open and transparent approach to SDN. Today, ODL has become the most pervasive open source SDN controller that helps power over 1B global network subscribers. Its 10th release, OpenDaylight Neon, demonstrates industry commitment to fostering an open, scalable and interoperable networking solution and supporting ecosystem of developers, integrators, and users.

“This has been possible in large part due to the modular and extensible software architecture which makes it possible to use OpenDaylight in a variety of use cases,” said Abhijit Kumbhare, OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee chair.

“Neon speaks to OpenDaylight’s longevity as well as its integration with other projects like Kubernetes, ONAP, OPNFV, and OpenStack,” said Phil Robb, vice president, Operations, Networking, and Orchestration, the Linux Foundation. “I am continually impressed by the community’s cohesiveness in delivering platform releases with updates and features that enhance evolving SDN use cases.”

Most Pervasive Open Source SDN Controller

  • Scope, diversity and deployments: In just six years, OpenDaylight has delivered 10 releases with the help of 1000+ authors/submitters who contributed 100K+ commits, across dozens of unique organizations. Additionally, ODL-based solutions help power over 1B global network subscribers.
  • Support from top vendors, end users: Over time, ODL community contributions have moved from a select group of initial creators to a diverse set of global users and vendors, all building and leveraging solutions based on ODL today.
  • In-demand upstream: As a robust open source SDN controller, ODL continues to be sought-after by key downstream projects across layers of the network stack, including Akraino Edge Stack, Kubernetes, OpenStack, ONAP, OPNFV, and more.

More industry partners continue to deploy the ODL platform and realize the power of open SDN/NFV. Recent examples include:

  • Coweaver, one of the largest optical network system makers in South Korea, used ODL to build its Network Management Service (NMS), which is leveraged by South Korean and global vendors.
  • FRINX’s UniConfig, now powered by’s, is based on OpenDaylight and enables vendors to build and deploy applications faster.
  • Inspur‘s OpenDaylight-based SDN controller is used to manage virtual and physical devices for both enterprise and government cloud environments in China.
  • Partnership between NoviFlow and Lumina Networks, a provider of OpenDaylight-based SDN Controller solutions, who together are using OpenDaylight as part of a solution to create and deliver an intent-based Terabit-scale network that reduces costs and network complexity.
  • Lumina Networks also just announced Lumina Extension & Adaptation Platform, LEAP, which is a platform that extends the benefits of OpenDaylight to legacy devices as well as advanced model-to-model translation, and a cloud native app (or MicroServices) dev environment.
  • Telecom Argentina has chosen OpenDaylight for a wide range of use cases, including the enablement of CDN traffic optimization capability that improves customer experience and reduces data transport costs.
  • Integration with other open source communities continues to grow, including collaborations with OpenStack, Kubernetes, OPNFV, and ONAP. ONAP is using OpenDaylight in its APP-C, SDN-C, and SDN-R projects for use cases like 5G and CCVPN.

Meanwhile, SDN adopters1  – including AT&T, CableLabs, China Mobile, Ericsson,, Orange, Tencent, Verizon, and more – continue to leverage OpenDaylight within their networks and solutions. More details on OpenDaylight user stories are available here.

OpenDaylight Neon brings best-in-class functionality for key SDN use cases

Neon includes updated features important to networking use cases, such as optical transport networking, WAN connectivity and routing, as well as virtual networking in cloud and edge environments. Neon also features new stability and scalability enhancements, and cements the project’s leadership in working with other open source communities to expedite next-generation networking solutions. Specific enhancements include:

  • Cloud/Edge Network Virtualization features have been hardened with the Neon release to further enhance the suitability of OpenDaylight in production networks.
  • Optical Transport Infrastructure Control now offers new features that ensure interoperability with higher level controllers using an open northbound API.
  • WAN Connectivity: Building on Fluorine’s mature BGP stack, Neon brings enhancements that improve error reporting, restarts and network stability.
  • Improved Stability and Reliability: Neon includes improvements in stability and scale, in addition to functional enhancements and bug fixes. OpenDaylight continues to undergo infrastructure enhancements making it easier for vendors and downstream open source projects to rapidly put-together and deploy OpenDaylight-dependent products and platforms.

More details on OpenDaylight Neon are available here:

Looking Ahead
In conjunction with the Open Networking Summit (ONS) April 3-5 in San Jose, Calif., OpenDaylight will host a Developer Forum, April 1-2, 2019, for its next release, “Sodium.” More details are available here: There will also be a demo of OpenDaylight’s integration with Network Service Mesh in the LFN Booth at ONS. ONAP Dublin, slated for mid-2019, will include the OpenDaylight Fluorine release to support the SDN-C and APP-C modules.

Ongoing Support for OpenDaylight

“We are pleased to congratulate OpenDaylight on its sixth birthday,” said Brian Freeman, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, AT&T Labs. “AT&T has been using OpenDaylight since Hydrogen, with production deployments since Helium in 2015. Today, we have global deployments with L3 applications using BGPCEP and NETCONF. Our deployments span control of L0 OpenROADM devices to L7 Mobility PNFs and VNFs. Needless to say, we look forward to test-driving Neon and deploying it to production.”

“OpenDaylight has massively evolved in its six short years and I’m incredibly proud to have been part of the community from the beginning,” said Dave Ward, XXX, Cisco.  “With a large, sustainable community showing strong collaboration across a diverse set of developers, vendors, and end users, it’s become the de facto open source SDN controller for the industry. It’s great to see how many other hugely impactful OSS projects are using ODL at their core. I’m very excited to watch its evolution into the future. Happy Birthday ODL!”

“Congratulations to the OpenDaylight community on both the Neon release, and the longevity that its sixth anniversary represents,” said Eric Ericsson, Head of Solution line NFVi, Ericsson. “Ericsson continues actively to upstream to the OpenDaylight community and to use the ODL open source software in our commercial NFVi solutions, that enable telecom operators evolved to 5G and to be more productive and lower OPEX and CAPEX expenditures. This includes solutions for onboarding cloud based services, as well as offering intra and inter cloud network automation, multi tenancy and other advanced networking use cases. Ericsson has so far deployed ODL software to more than 50 service providers worldwide”.

“Warm congratulations to the OpenDaylight community on the release of Neon and project’s sixth anniversary,” said Max Zhang, CTO, Inspur Cloud Service Group. “Inspur’s Cloud Engine SDN Controller 2.0, based on OpenDaylight Nitrogen SR2 release, has been deployed in both government and enterprise clouds environments. It helps our customers to deploy businesses quickly and flexibly, automate network management, and significantly reduce the cost of operation and maintenance.  Future Inspur Cloud Engine SDN Controller releases will continue to use the newest and most stable OpenDaylight release to provide even more features for our customers.”

Lumina Networks
“The digital transformation OpenDaylight was built to support, isn’t easy,”  said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “But in six years, this impressive effort of community innovation has managed to start returning network control and service innovation to the Service Providers. It’s an honor to contribute to our shared goals and continue to reach these release milestones.”

Red Hat
“The OpenDaylight project started a little more than six years ago with an ambitious set of goals, creating a community from scratch to build an evolving, flexible and open source software-defined networking platform,” said Chris Wright, CTO, Red Hat. “Over those six years, we’ve seen the power of community-driven innovation take OpenDaylight from an aspiration to a thriving open source ecosystem of SDN developers and users. Congratulations to the ODL community on their continued success with the launch of the Neon release.”

About The Linux Foundation
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Enabling closed-loop automation for 5G service deployments

Enabling closed-loop automation for 5G service deployments

ArcOS® Lowers OpEx in 5G, Data Center, and Edge Deployments through
Operational Simplicity, Greater Agility, and Carrier-Class Reliability

SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arrcus, a leading provider of the software that powers network infrastructure and its transformation for the interconnected world, announced the ArcOS® Ethernet Virtual Private Network (EVPN) solution for building programmable, multi-tenant routing fabrics based on BGP EVPN/VXLAN on multiple 10GbE/25GbE/100GbE/400GbE switching platforms.

This solution enables service providers and enterprises to use advanced open, microservices-based networking software to build massively scalable multi-tenant Clos fabrics. Built from first principles, the ArcOS BGP EVPN/VXLAN fabric solution provides key business benefits including:

Operational simplicity that accelerates the time-to-delivery of applications and services
Scalable multi-tenancy and network resiliency
60% lower east-west application latency with massive fan-out scale fabric
Open integration across multiple hardware vendors for supply base diversification and deployment agility
As with the recent 400G announcement supporting Broadcom’s StrataXGS® Tomahawk® 3 silicon, Arrcus continues to deliver innovative solutions to meet the demands of modern network infrastructure. With the BGP EVPN/VXLAN solution, Arrcus enables new use cases including:

BGP EVPN Clos with high-radix, high-density 100G Tomahawk 3-based switches and Trident 3-based switches for spine-leaf network architectures
Inter-PoD fabric stretch with BGP EVPN
Multi-PoD fabrics with L3 BGP EVPN
“Bandwidth-intensive network applications are pushing the need for higher-density data center fabrics with low latency and high performance. Delivering operational simplicity at scale for network operators of these fabrics has been a key goal for us at Arrcus,” said Keyur Patel, co-founder and CTO, Arrcus. “The ArcOS EVPN/VXLAN solution in combination with standards-based BGP LSVR helps address the critical need in the market for programmable and highly scalable multi-tenant data center fabrics.”

The architectural advancements supported by the ArcOS BGP EVPN/VXLAN solution include:

Innovative, standards-based IGP fabric option with BGP-based Link State Vector Routing (LSVR) in addition to the traditional IGP options
Integrated Routing and Bridging (IRB), IPv4, IPv6 BGP EVPN with automated peer discovery and per-process restartability for resiliency
Rapid, automated host discovery and support for workload mobility
Simplified provisioning and deterministic convergence with Link State Over Ethernet (LSOE)
EVPN over LSVR that brings simplified operations with a single protocol to manage
Per-tenant fabric visibility with streaming telemetry
Seamless standards-based API integration into popular provisioning frameworks such as Ansible/Puppet/Chef/SaltStack or popular centralized controllers
“At LinkedIn, we are working on a self-defined networking concept that does not require any configuration nor any static arrangements. Our self-defined network elements discover and define their role and function in an automatic and self-driven fashion,” said Shawn Zandi, Director of Network Engineering, LinkedIn. “Link State Over Ethernet (LSOE) will enable networks to achieve this goal. It is exciting to see Arrcus introduce this capability in ArcOS®.”

In this era of distributed data centers for 5G and edge computing environments, the ArcOS BGP-EVPN/VXLAN solution is optimized to support the deployment of massively scalable, highly programmable data center fabrics. ArcOS also offers differentiated streaming telemetry capabilities and its standards-based OpenConfig APIs allow seamless integration into existing orchestration or telemetry systems.

Industry Quotes

Ecosystem Partners

Avinash Parwaney, Vice President Engineering, Lumina Networks:
“In the multi-vendor environments of 5G, the support for standards-based control protocols of ArcOS®, such as BGP EVPN, when paired with the centralized management from Lumina’s SDN Controller will drastically reduce complexity of Clos fabric configuration and management. With support of streaming telemetry to enable closed-loop automation, this solution provides a flexible foundation for 5G service deployments.”

Standards Bodies

Victor Kuarsingh, LSVR Working Group Co-Chair:
“I am happy to see BGP-based LSVR making its way into software implementations. The use of BGP-based LSVR as a hybrid underlay protocol can help operators deploy robust and dynamic data center fabrics while maintaining the operational simplicity desired by many in large scale deployments.”

Gunter Van de Velde, LSVR Working Group Co-Chair:
“The routing needs of a data center are different than that of the WAN. The era of SDN-based control combined with the ongoing shift towards hyperscale IoT and cloud-based services is driving the need for a hybrid routing protocol in data centers. It is exciting to see Arrcus drive innovation in the data center underlay by delivering the support for BGP-based LSVR.”


The BGP EVPN/VXLAN support on ArcOS® will be generally available in July 2019.

Arrcus was founded to enrich human experiences by interconnecting people, machines, and data. Our mission is to provide software-powered network transformation for the interconnected world. The Arrcus team consists of world-class technologists who have an unparalleled record in shipping industry-leading networking products, complemented by industry thought leaders, operating executives, and strategic company builders.

The company is headquartered in San Jose, California.

For more information, go to or follow @arrcusinc.

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Tools for a Digital Transformation

Tools for a Digital Transformation

The difference between NFV, SDN and Orchestration

We’re 5+ years into the digital transformation, but still see confusion around the difference between NFV, SDN and Orchestration. There is oodles of information available online to explain the difference between these three tools, so we thought we’d have some fun with the topic.

It’s hard to find a common human situation to compare the transformation to – something people can understand simply based on everyday life. We needed a metaphor which not only explained the uncomfortable situation current communication networks are in (ie. rigid, monolithic, expensive foundations which aren’t built to enable easy new service creation) as well as the role of the tools in question (NFV, SDN, Orchestration), and the outcome of the transformation. So what makes sense?

Click here to see the full graphic

Orchestration-NFV-SDN-InfographicMichelin Star restaurants seemed to be the best fit. Is it perfect? No – nothing can be, but it might help some folks who struggle with these concepts better understand the relative role of these tools in a transformed network.

So, review the infographic with an open mind, and send us feedback if you have a better analogy!

For our more literal colleagues, we really like these technical definitions:

A network architecture, Software Defined Networking (SDN), enables network programmability with intelligent, central control. By aggregating resource control, network owners have a holistic approach to network management which increases network optimization while providing a flexible foundation for service creation.
Centralized control, by nature, lends to a more open, multi-vendor approach to network resources and applications.

NFV (Source: SDxCentral)
Network functions virtualization (NFV) offers an alternative way to design, deploy, and manage networking services. It is a complementary approach to software-defined networking (SDN) for network management. While they both manage networks, they rely on different methods. While SDN separates the control and forwarding planes to offer a centralized view of the network, NFV primarily focuses on optimizing the network services themselves.
NFV began when service providers attempted to speed up the deployment of new network services in order to advance their revenue and growth plans, and they found that hardware-based appliances limited their ability to achieve these goals. They looked to standard IT virtualization technologies and found NFV helped accelerate service innovation and provisioning.

Orchestration (Source: SDxCentral):
Orchestration System – provides automated configuration, coordination and management of complex computing networks, systems and services. These systems are designed to reduce the time and manual manipulation required to align a business’ applications, data and infrastructure. In a software-defined networking (SDN) context, orchestration systems decouple the orchestration layer from the service layer to increase the agility of the applications being rolled out on the network.

NoviFlow Partners with Lumina Networks to Deliver Intent-based Multi-Domain Solution

NoviFlow Partners with Lumina Networks to Deliver Intent-based Multi-Domain Solution

BARCELONA, SPAIN, February 25, 2019 / — SD-CORE solution manages multi-domain networks integrating both conventional IP/MPLS routers and programmable Tofino white-box switches as one unified Terabit-scale network

NoviFlow® Inc., a leading vendor of SDN Network Operating System (NOS) for programmable networks, and Lumina Networks Inc., leading provider of OpenDaylight-based SDN Controller solutions and services, today announced a joint solution that unifies multi-domain IP/MPLS routers and programmable white-box switches to create a seamless intent-based Terabit-scale network. Communication Service Providers will realize benefit through gradual transition from legacy devices to white-box switches with seamless ubiquitous control. Enabled by intent, service delivery is automated and multi-domain network operations are simplified.

The Lumina/NoviFlow joint SD-Core Networking Solution delivers an unprecedented degree of service automation and performance, enabling network operators to dynamically scale services as demand fluctuates. The solution reduces management and operating costs with simplified, multi-domain control. SD-Core extends the intent-based end-to-end programming of a flow across multiple topologies and protocols accelerate the transition to white-box SDN networks. CSPs will realize benefit through a gradual transition of mission critical traffic from expensive legacy systems to more economical switching and routing infrastructure.

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 across domains. NoviFlow’s NoviSwitches, including the 6.5 Tbps Tofino-based NS-5164, feature a programmable match-action pipeline which allows the switching services to evolve over the life of the network. Combined with Lumina’s SDN Controller, SD-Core delivers carrier-grade MPLS, segment routing and traffic engineering core router capabilities at a fraction of the cost of proprietary vendor solutions. The solution is built to allow the gradual migration of MPLS services – point-to-point E-line, L3VPN, E-tree, etc. and other routing services such as segment routing, to less costly SDN infrastructure, allowing the capping of investment of legacy core routers.

• The SD-CORE solution manages multi-Domain networks including both conventional IP/MPLS networks and SDN networks as one unified Terabit-scale network
• Includes on-demand scheduling of point to point bandwidth
• Provides SDN-based control of:
o MPLS forwarding
o Segment Routing
o Traffic Engineering
• Leverages the broadly deployed OpenDaylight Controller
• Provides Streaming Telemetry

“NoviFlow and Lumina Networks’ joint SD-Core networking solution delivers the ability to both manage the graceful transition of services to SDN while retaining existing infrastructure, and to scale the resulting multi domain network into the Terabit range,” said Ben Hickey, Chief Customer Officer at Lumina Networks. “We welcome NoviFlow’s high-performance programmable forwarding planes and software into Lumina’s solution ecosystem.”

Dominique Jodoin, president and CEO of NoviFlow, explained, “NoviFlow’s NoviSwitches when matched with Lumina’s SD-Core Controller software provide a compelling new SDN-based option for the deployment of carrier-grade MPLS, segment routing and other network services. NoviFlow’s Barefoot Tofino-based forwarding planes deliver Terabit performance for programmable networks, providing a truly economical and scalable platform to leverage a Cap-and-grow strategy to progressively move traffic off of traditional core to cap expensive growth, and move to SD-Core at a much lower cost.”

The Joint SD-Core Solution will be presented at the NoviFlow booth (7M21) February 25-28, 2019 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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The Linux Foundation Announces the 2019 Open Networking Summit North America Speaking Schedule

The Linux Foundation Announces the 2019 Open Networking Summit North America Speaking Schedule

Industry’s Premier Open Networking Event to Feature Edge Computing, Cloud Native Networking, Enterprise IT, and Carrier and Cloud Developer Operations

SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2019The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has announced the keynote speakers and session line-up for Open Networking Summit North America (ONS), taking place April 3-5 in San Jose, Calif.

The full lineup of sessions can be viewed here, and features speakers from AT&T, China Mobile, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, Intel, KPMG, Nokia, Red Hat, Target, and more.

“The Open Networking Summit is a chance to bring together the entire open networking community – from telco providers to cloud providers – to share best practices and discuss how we can work together to advance networking technology,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation.  “Gathering the industry’s foremost innovators and technologists, ONS is a must-attend event for collaboration and knowledge sharing.”

ONS brings together enterprises, telecom companies, and cloud providers to advance collaboration and innovation across the entire open source networking ecosystem. ONS 2019 tracks include: Carrier and Cloud DevOps, Cloud Native Networking, Enterprise IT & Operations, The New Edge, and World of Open Innovation and Impact to Networking.

ONS features industry visionaries, deep technical tracks, and real-world case studies on a range of critical topics, with content for developers and business leaders. Conference participants will strengthen their connection to the industry, collaborate on thought leadership, connect with end users and partners, showcase innovative proofs of concept and demos, and help drive transformation in the evolving open source networking industry.

Featured Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Andre Fuetsch, President, AT&T Labs & Chief Technology Officer, AT&T
  • Dr. Junlan Feng, General Manager of the AI and Intelligent Operations R&D Center & Chief Scientist, China Mobile
  • Sandra Rivera, SVP & General Manager, Network Platforms Group and Rajesh Gadiyar, Vice President, Data Center Group & Chief Technology Officer, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation
  • Armughan Ahmad, Managing Partner and President, Digital and Technology Solutions, KPMG Canada

Featured Conference Sessions Include:

  • Rapid Integration of New Technologies via DevOps – Dan Connolly
    Assistant Vice President – Member Technical Staff & David Lu, Vice President, SDN Platform & Systems, AT&T
  • OPEN-AUTO, China Mobile’s Strategy and Steps for Future Cloud CI/CD – Qiao Fu, Project Manager, China Mobile
  • The Future of the Edge – Kyle Mestery, Distinguished Engineer & Ian Wells, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
  • Cloud Native Network Tracing in an Istio Service Mesh Using OPNFV Clover’s Clovisor – Stephen Wong, Software Architect, FutureWei Technologies, Inc.
  • Open Networking in Telecom – Results of Heavy Reading/LF Networking Survey – Roz Roseboro, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • A Kubernetes-Based Blueprint for Far Edge – Azhar Sayeed, Chief Architect, Red Hat
  • Open Source Networking @ Target to Support Stores – Craig Dolezal, Sr. Director – Distributed Connectivity, & Jeff Strande, Principle Engineer – Connectivity, Target Corporation
  • Running TungstenFabric at Scale –  Piyush Srivastava, Senior Software Engineer & David O’Brien, Software Development Engineer, Workday

Registration is discounted to US $1,200 through February 25. Day passes, expo passes, and discounted academic and student rates are also available.

Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.

The Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies inlcuding Acumos, Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), Cloud Foundry, GraphQL, Horovod, Hyperledger Fabric, Kubernetes, Let’s Encrypt, Linux, Node.js, and Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP).

Thank you to our sponsors including Diamond Sponsors Ericsson, Intel and Open Networking Foundation; Platinum Sponsors Alibaba Cloud, and Huawei; and Gold Sponsors ARM, Cloud Native Computing Foundation and IBM.

Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Rachel Romoff at

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End-to-End 5G-Ready: Application Placement and Heterogeneous Network Slicing

End-to-End 5G-Ready: Application Placement and Heterogeneous Network Slicing

As an industry, we often get caught up in the new technologies which will enable the last mile of 5G. Approaching MWC, a show where the “new car smell” wafts from the halls, it’s important to remember what important to the foundations of 5G – the flexibility of a multi-vendor network. It’s with that in mind that Lumina Networks and VMware are partnering to bring the flexibility of NFV and programmability of SDN to 5G networks.

Next week at the show, VMware and Lumina will demonstrate live 5G Application Placement and edge-to-edge network slicing in heterogeneous networks…from the interference-riddled show floor. With innovation stemming from VMware’s vCloud NFV Platform,  Lumina’s OpenDaylight-based SDN Controller and recently announced Lumina Extension & Adaptation Platform, the companies will show how to seamlessly deliver 5G services to subscribers, enterprises and MVNOs with a single network architecture. Unifying control across the Service Provider WAN, cloud, edge, backhaul and access networks, the co-developed innovation creates network intelligence to effectively place context-aware applications and generate edge-to-edge network slices.

The demonstration will show how application components are placed throughout a distributed datacenter network based on real-time conditions to optimized service performance and network efficiencies. To extend the value of application placement, the joint innovation creates edge-to-edge network slices by interconnecting the core datacenter and the Service Provider WAN.

The success of Lumina Networks’ SD-Core deployments have proven that heterogeneous network control can reduce costs and increase efficiencies of heterogeneous networks. Their leadership in the open source community and dedication to delivering vendor-agnostic networking solutions to the market, extends the benefits of VMware’s virtualization excellence. Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation, enabling Service Providers to create new 5G business models.

A recent conversation from IHS analyst Michael Howard highlighted the importance of this innovation.“From our IHS Markit global research, operators tell us that network slicing is critical for 5G applications, and yet, end-to-end hybrid slicing across physical/virtual and fixed/mobile networks is still a major technical challenge.” Michael continued, “Operators also require flexibility in where to locate their 5G apps—from the core out to the many edges closer to end users. They are looking for software that will support these requirements across the many network domains and layers as well as fit into their automation schemes.”

We welcome you to come see the live demonstration of the co-developed innovation in the Dell & VMware booth located at 3M11 in Hall 3 of Mobile World Congress 2019.

To learn more about the VMware’v vCloud NFV Platform, please visit their website.

Coffee Chat: 4 Executives, 1 MWC, Lots of News

Coffee Chat: 4 Executives, 1 MWC, Lots of News

Sometimes the most interesting conversations happen over a coffee. With that in mind, we gave four Lumina executives a cup of coffee and one goal – explore what’s coming at MWC. With that in mind, our team hashed out a few important trends we expect to see and highlighted how Lumina will be present to discuss them.


Andrew Coward, CEO:


“Perhaps no surprise 5G will be the only topic discussed at MWC, and while the hype and interest will be around the handsets, the dollars will be around the services and the new services that will be enabled by 5G. I’m talking about low latency services, IOT, and network slices to individual enterprises. To do that requires technology, integration, orchestration and control. For us, that means SDN and the use of open source in driving and connecting all those different elements around the networks.”

Ben Hickey, CCO:


“That’s great thanks, Andrew, I think what we are doing MWC with our partners is the perfect example of the power our open source networking solutions can bring. What is interesting here is that we aren’t confused where we sit in this new open software networking stat. And by virtue of where we sit it’s very clear that we must be able to integrate and work very nicely with both physical and the networking elements underneath as well as the multitude of different types of systems sitting on top. Openness and flexibility are really what we are going to show MWC.

With VMware (Booth 3M11) we will be demonstrating how we will be working with their flagship vCloud NFV platform to demonstrate application placement from the data centre across the wide area network, with our controller being able to integrate with any physical networking elements. Together, the shared innovation will create network slices that are provisioned all the way down to the physical layer, providing the level of control the service providers need to offer the type of services Andrew just talked about.

With our other partner Noviflow (booth 7M21), will be demonstrating a multi-domain path computation solution. We will show services being provisioned across two environments simultaneously – one domain will have the best in class whitebox technology leveraging new Tofino chipsets tied together by our controller to the legacy BGP / MPLS network.  with services being provisioned across the two simultaneously.”


Iyappa (Ayyaps) Swaminathan, Director of Product Management:


We are very excited at Lumina to bring the transformation vision to life. How Exactly do we do it? We Build our products around 3 areas:

  1. The core is based on pureplay OpenDaylight, the most successful SDN controller of the industry. Lumina has a significant presence in the Open Daylight Community, we are able to leverage the community with our presence and offer a hardened version of the controller to our customers. The controller is one part of the puzzle, it solves the programmability problems for the greenfield networks. However, if we look at the industry it’s not just greenfield, there are many brownfield elements, some support programming, some support programmable interfaces but use non-standard models.
  2. The missing puzzle piece – we marry the greenfield with the brownfield. We are very excited about our LEAP framework which is a microservices based framework built around the Opendaylight Controller, this extends our solution from greenfield to hybrid and brownfield elements.
  3. Value-added applications help customers to realize end-to-end scenarios. We are excited to be working on a multitude application including solutions for flow management, path management, and service management.”


Edgar Lombera, VP of Technical Operations


“This is where the Lumina NetDev team comes in. Our mission is to make our customers successful with their digital transformation. We know that you can’t take SDN controllers and frameworks and applications and throw them in a box and make them work together. It requires an understanding of various technologies to really make all these products fit properly in a customers network. Now, this is critical because building networks that use open source and software-based technologies are not like building networks in the past. It’s a different philosophy, different approach, with different technologies, are involved, and different operational processes. That’s what NetDev services corrals to help you realize the business value of the investment in network technology.”


Andrew Coward, CEO:


“I don’t believe anyone thinks that Open Source isn’t the way forward for networks. Success, however, is about taking an open source project and having is actually solve real-world problems. At Lumina as we have worked with Tier 1 customers like AT&T and Verizon, where the success factor has been migrating services onto SDN and incorporating them in all the different products. We plan to spend our time at MWC with customers on the journey and make it as easy as possible as they make the transition. At the end of the day the automation of their services drives down operational costs monetization of hardware infrastructure, it drives down hardware costs and, despite the vast amount of money being spent on 5G, cost efficiency is at the heart of this transformation”


Meet us in MWC19


Lumina Networks Demo at NoviFlow MWC 2019 Booth

Lumina Networks Demo at NoviFlow MWC 2019 Booth

NoviFlow will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain

Once again, NoviFlow will be exhibiting at MWC Barcelona 2019, in our biggest and busiest booth ever! We invite you to visit our booth #7M21 and see our new technology demos at the largest mobile event in the world. NoviFlow will be demonstrating live our NoviWare NOS on the world’s fastest networking substrate, the Barefoot Tofino, running at 6.5 Tbps!

We will also demonstrate our live innovative CyberMapper Threat Intelligence Gateway, a game-changing networking platform that significantly accelerates and brings dynamic scalability to existing commercial cyber security applications, as well as introducing NoviFlow’s Dynamic In-line Packet Brokering Service, an exciting new solution that lowers costs and raises the bar  on traffic capacity for monitoring and telemetry.

NoviFlow will also be hosting in our booth several CyberMapper accelerated partner solutions, including:
– Fortinet’s Fortigate Security Fabric with CG-NAT
– NetElastic’s SDN enhanced vBNG solution that brings vBNG
– Radware’s DefensePro advanced DDoS prevention
– Lumina Networks’ Multi-domain SD-Core solution for service chaining and MPLS in heterogeneous networks

On the hardware front, we will have new hardware offerings from NoviFlow, EdgeCore, Stordis and UfiSpace, all running the NoviWare NOS and with several models also supporting hardware -based IEEE-1588 time sync.

Finally, several of our subject matter experts will be available to discuss our product portfolio and answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you at MWC19 in Barcelona!

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