NEC Showcasing Software-defined Network Fabric and Applications at Open Networking User Group Oct. 29-30

NEC demonstrating integrated SDN solutions with leading vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks and NoviFlow, plus showing OpenStack Grizzly integrated and DDos Mitigation solution with ProgrammableFlow(R) 

IRVING, Texas, Oct 29, 2013 – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT and communications solutions, and a pioneer in OpenFlow-based Software-defined Networking (SDN), today announced that it will showcase the latest version of its ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, including the ProgrammableFlow PF 6800 Controller, the first generally available SDN controller supporting the OpenFlow both 1.0 and 1.3 standard, at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference at JPMorgan Chase in New York on Oct. 29-30.

News Highlights

— NEC is demonstrating Software-defined Network Fabric at ONUG in New York.

— Demonstrations will feature OpenFlow interoperability of the ProgrammableFlow PF6800 Controller with switches from Alcatel-Lucent, Arista Networks, Brocade, Centec Networks, Dell, Extreme Networks, Juniper Networks, Intel and NoviFlow.

— NEC will also feature a demonstration of the ProgrammableFlow Version 5 Networking Suite with OpenStack Grizzly release and DDos mitigation solution with Radware.

Initially launched in 2011, the ProgrammableFlow networking suite was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol enabling complete network virtualization, allowing customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure. As IT organizations seek to improve service delivery and user experience through strategic projects, such as cloud infrastructure and BYOD, the complexity and manual processes of traditional network design can negatively impact the success of these initiatives. ProgrammableFlow transforms network performance and agility by providing production-ready SDN solutions that increase flexibility, visibility and efficiency, while reducing complexity and controlling cost.

“The open networking market has evolved rapidly in the past nine months to require an integrated approach to physical and virtual networking that spans controllers, management, applications plus virtual plus physical switching,” said Nick Lippis, ONUG chairman and co-founder. “The NEC ProgrammableFlow Version 5 controller offers such integration and a growing ecosystem to deliver on the promise of open networking.”

This ONUG podcast provides an update on the new NEC ProgrammableFlow Version 5 controller

Three New Vendors Join NEC SDN Application Center

NEC announces the expansion of its SDN Application Center with the addition of Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Networks and NoviFlow as members. Working with leading vendors, NEC offers Northbound APIs to help applications proactively and automatically manage, secure and optimize networks through SDN solutions.

At ONUG, NEC will be featuring demonstrations of SDN applications integrated with ProgrammableFlow’s Northbound API built on a data fabric that includes Alcatel-Lucent’s OmniSwitch; Juniper’s EX4550 switch; and NoviFlow’s Novikit 200, along with demonstrations featuring other members of NEC’s SDN Application Center.

“The ability to automate provisioning and dynamically tune network performance based on unified applications and user policies is at the core of our Application Fluent Network (AFN) vision for Enterprises,” said Stephane Robineau, vice president Enterprise Networks, Alcatel-Lucent. “Successful interoperability of the NEC OpenFlow ProgrammableFlow controller with our OmniSwitch platform provides Enterprise customers a real showcase of benefits from open, flexible, programmable networks that improve IT service delivery and quality of experience.”

“The Juniper Networks EX4550 switch, combined with ProgrammbleFlow, provides our mutual customers with an SDN-ready platform this is not only simple and agile, but easy to manage as well,” said Denise Shiffman, vice president of product management and strategy for the Campus and Data Center Business Unit at Juniper Networks. “As a long-standing partner of NEC, Juniper is committed to integrating with leading standards-based technologies like OpenFlow to deliver comprehensive data center and campus solutions that provide customers with unparalleled levels of flexibility and choice.”

“NoviFlow’s NoviSwitch products, combined with NEC’s ProgrammableFlow PF 6800 Controller, deliver the industry’s best production-grade SDN solutions to implement the rich feature set of OpenFlow 1.3,” said Dominique Jodoin, president and CEO of NoviFlow. “The PF 6800’s ability to handle very large flow tables is ideally suited for use with NoviFlow switches, which support up to 1 million flows entries and 200 Gbps of OpenFlow 1.3 throughput per 1U device, enabling the deployment of innovative solutions at the network edge, such as Data Center Interconnect, Multi-tenancy, Dynamic Network Control and L2-L7 based Switching and Forwarding.”

“We’re working with NEC to test the interoperability of joint Dell/NEC solutions for our mutual customers,” said Arpit Joshipura, vice president, Dell Networking. “Supporting open standards, including OpenFlow, is critical to our unique strategy that gives customers the flexibility to migrate to SDN whether they’re using controllers, network overlays or legacy network integration.”

“SDN allows for flexible, scalable network automation and support of advanced new applications. By integrating with NEC’s OpenFlow and OpenStack technology, Extreme Networks can reduce service delivery time and increase throughput of multi-tenant cloud networks by building network virtualization on top of a multi-path network fabric,” said Jake Howering, director, SDN Product Line Management at Extreme Networks. “This combined solution will equip joint customers with the ability to efficiently deliver high performance network services with an open approach.”

Integrated Demonstration of ProgrammableFlow with OpenStack Grizzly

NEC will also be demonstrating Version 5 of the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, the SDN suite that has revolutionized the networking industry. The demonstration will highlight key new features of NEC’s SDN platform, including the first-to-market support for the OpenFlow 1.3 standard, as well as integration with the OpenStack Grizzly release. In September, NEC was certified by Red Hat for its OpenStack Quantum Plug-in, and is now a member of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

NEC First Vendor to Receive OpenFlow Conformance Testing Certificate from ONF

Earlier this month, NEC Corporation became the first vendor to receive the Certificate of Conformance through the Open Networking Foundation OpenFlow(TM) Conformance Testing Program. NEC received the OpenFlow Switch Specification 1.0.1 certificate for ProgrammableFlow Switches PF5240 and PF5248.

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