ONUG Completes Groundbreaking Testing of Commercial Solutions Against Requirements Outlined by ONUG Working Groups

Highlights Significant Impact for Enterprise and Cloud-Infrastructure Users Plus  ONUG’s Commitment to Work with IT Business and Industry Leaders to Deliver Solutions Directly Based on User Needs

April 22, 2015 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced it has completed commercial-viability testing for its emerging software defined networking solutions. The ONUG use case feature verification testing is a landmark event in the networking industry, and the completion of the tests signals the first time commercial open networking solutions have been tested against requirements outlined by the ONUG working groups. Developed collaboratively within the ONUG working groups, the feature verification tests were conducted by Ixia, the California-based testing firm and ONUG’s official testing partner.

The ONUG tests provide proof of concepts, feature verification, and demonstrations to ensure that the networking solutions in the virtual networks/overlays, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), and network services virtualization (NSV) areas deliver on the top ten requirements developed by the ONUG working groups.

“It is our hope that the results of these tests will assist in moving the open infrastructure industry from technology curiosity to operations,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “The results further underscore our commitment to the ONUG IT Community and vendors to validate product features that meet IT business leader requirements for enterprise cloud infrastructure.”

Participating vendors in the SD-WAN sector include: Riverbed Technology, VeloCloud Inc., Viptela, Talari Networks, Glue Networks, Cisco, and Silver Peak Systems. Vendors in the Network Services Virtualization arena include: Avni, Avi Networks, NEC Corporation of America, and Versa Networks. Pluribus Networks, Cisco Systems, Inc., Big Switch Networks, and Nuage Networks took part in the Network’s Overlays tests.

The ONUG-Ixia feature verification tests represent the apex of a 6-month process of monthly working group meetings used to develop the use cases and determine their top ten IT requirements and related architectural models. More importantly, the tests reflect the viability of solutions to meet the top IT requirements. These tests do not, at this time, reflect specific performance parameters or interoperability.

“ONUG’s aim is to showcase vendor product alignment with ONUG requirements and not vendor product capability comparisons,” Lippis said. Feature verification test results will be revealed during the Virtual Networks/Overlays, SD-WAN, and NSV working group sessions at ONUG Spring 2015 at Columbia University in New York City on May 12-14.


About ONUG

ONUG is the leading user-driven community of IT executives focused on leveraging the power of their engineering and procurement to influence the pace and deployment of open networking solutions. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap, Inc., JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Symantec, and UBS. For more on ONUG, go to www.OpenNetworkingUserGroup.com or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_


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