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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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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

Lumina Proud to Partner with ADVA and BT for Mobile World Congress Demo

ADVA Optical Networking will host a joint demo with BT at Mobile World Congress that showcases end-to-end, multi-layer transport network slicing and assurance. We’re particularly delighted to see this illustration of how edge computing and network slicing techniques can enable emerging 5G applications as it is in part made possible by our technology. With the growing anticipation of 5G connectivity, there is a critical need to develop a new transport networking technology that can meet the cost, efficiency and flexibility requirements. This demo marks just the first step in a long-term research collaboration between ourselves, ADVA, BT and other partners in this emerging space.

If you’re attending Mobile World Congress and would like to see a network architecture optimized for a new generation of applications that will enable enhanced mobile broadband, self-driving cars and massive IoT, stop by Hall 7 Stand 7H31 or Stand 7020MR.

“5G is set to enable use cases that go way beyond mobile broadband. By showcasing transport network slicing within an SDN-controlled infrastructure, we’re paving the way for 5G to support different use cases on a common infrastructure that could enable anything from self-driving cars to the massive machine-type communication (mMTC) needed for billions of IoT devices.

“Our demo shows that true end-to-end network slicing is ready for deployment. That means multiple network allocations using the same physical infrastructure can be delivered in parallel, not only in the radio access network (RAN) and mobile core network but also across transport and infrastructure resources. This technology will be vital for generating the flexibility and agility needed to bring incredible 5G applications to life,” said Anthony Magee, director, business development, ADVA.

Maria Cuevas, head, mobile core network research, BT, said, “By showcasing an architecture for wholesale services that can be efficiently reconfigured across all network layers through SDN control, we’re taking a big step forward. But this demonstration is really just the start of an intense period of research into network slicing. Our close collaboration with ADVA and other partners in this space will help us optimize our network for 5G and harness the technology’s potential to shape the future.”


Lumina Hosts Successful Meetup for Open Source Networking User Group Bay Area

Lumina Hosts Successful Meetup for Open Source Networking User Group Bay Area

Lumina CEO Andrew Coward, and COO Nitin Serro.

With an impressive turnout, presentations by experts in their field and of course, pizza and beer, the event offered a highly informative networking opportunity for the Open Source Networking community and marked the first OSN User Group Bay Area Meetup.

We kicked off the afternoon in our conference room with the doors wide open to a beautiful, sunny California day and heard first from Lumina customer and industry leader, Verizon with a lively discussion led by Hwa-Jung Han, Director of Emerging Technology, Verizon on building a programmable network infrastructure using Open Source SDN technologies and Verizon’s exploration of a new SDN ecosystem.

Sunny skies in San Jose.

Our very own Anil Vishnoi, Principal Software Engineer provided an overview of new offerings the OpenDaylight community is working on in the current release of Oxygen and upcoming Fluorine release as well as projects that are expanding use cases that users can solve for by using OpenDaylight. We also discussed ONAP with Bin Hu, AT&T, and explored the architectural vision of orchestrating workloads for Multicloud.

We had an energetic presentation from Rajat Chopra, R&D, Redhat who led us through an introduction to networking for large-scale container orchestration systems like Kubernetes, including an overview of requirements, common pitfalls and new technologies on the horizon.

Raymond Paik, Linux Foundation.

Raymond Paik of Linux Foundation followed up that presentation with a brief update on a new tool in the works from OPNFV Lab-as-a-Service and got us all excited about next month’s Open Networking Summit.

As presentations came to a close, we concluded the afternoon’s meetup with more mingling, live music and refreshments. A big thanks to all those who presented and attended; we look forward to see you all at the next one!


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.

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