July 3, 2014
The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) have joined forces to “tackle” Transport Software Defined Networking (Transport SDN). The two groups say they are collaborating throughout 2014 on a global Transport SDN demonstration in several carrier-hosted labs. “We expect SDN, in tandem with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), to shape the future of telecommunications networks,” said OIF president Vishnu Shukla.
The testing is scheduled to begin in late August in a number of global carrier labs.
The two groups say they will seek to make the network more programmable to “enable a new era of dynamic services.
“One such application is bandwidth-on-demand services that effectively address inter-enterprise bandwidth peaks such as data transfer between data centers, while optimizing precious network resources,” the two said in a release.
“Additional goals are to increase network efficiency and agility, decrease OpEx, maximize revenue generation, and improve ROI.”