SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Spirent Communications, the leader in networks, services and devices testing, announced today that it will be hosting the fourth semi-annual Open Networking Foundation (ONF) PlugFest at the Spirent Proof of Concept (SPOC) Lab in Sunnyvale, Calif., Nov. 4-8. This event will primarily focus on OpenFlow 1.3 and will give vendors the opportunity to perform interoperability testing with other vendors’ software and hardware.
“The PlugFest has a goal of providing end users with interoperable products, and accelerating the adoption of Software-Defined Networking and the OpenFlow protocol”
The Fall PlugFest will include the following ONF member companies and collaborators: Alcatel-Lucent, Beijing Internet Institute (BII), Ciena, Fiberhome Technologies, Freescale, HP, IBM, Infoblox, the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE), Ixia, Luxoft, NEC, Netronome, NoviFlow, NTT Communications, Oracle, Spirent Communications, Tail-f Systems, TorreyPoint, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) and VMware.
ONF PlugFests accomplish the equivalent of two months of quality assurance testing in about a week’s time. Initial testing will be one controller to one switch, and each controller vendor will pair up with a switch vendor to run through a series of standard tests defined by the ONF Testing and Interoperability Working Group. Additional stages will follow the initial testing based on the interoperability results.
This event will mark the first time that the OpenFlow Management and Configuration Protocol (OF-Config) is tested. OF-Config defines a mechanism for OpenFlow controllers to access and modify configuration data on an OpenFlow switch, and it is an important part of the protocol suite being developed by ONF.
“The PlugFest has a goal of providing end users with interoperable products, and accelerating the adoption of Software-Defined Networking and the OpenFlow protocol,” said Dan Pitt, executive director at Open Networking Foundation. “We thank Spirent for stepping up to host this event and look forward to seeing the innovative implementations of the OpenFlow protocol, OF-Config and soon some useful applications.”
The last ONF PlugFest at InCNTRE brought in nearly 50 network engineers from all over the world, testing OpenFlow versions 1.0, 1.2 and 1.3 in controllers and switches in a neutral working environment.
“New SDN/OpenFlow-enabled architectures promise great programmability and agility across the computer and network layers, but the devil is in the details in terms of understanding the performance and scalability factors of each layer and how these factors are inter-linked,” said Angus Robertson, vice president, market segment at Spirent Communications. “Interoperability testing is critical to assessing the readiness of new versions of the OpenFlow protocol, and we are delighted to lead the use of our state-of-the-art Proof of Concept Lab to conduct this PlugFest.”
For more information on Spirent OpenFlow and SDN solutions, visit: http://www.spirent.com/Networks-and-Applications/OpenFlow
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 100 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers and users. For further details visit the ONF website at: http://www.opennetworking.org.
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