Infinera has joined the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to demonstrate multi-vendor, multi-layer software defined networking (SDN) Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API) interoperability with the Infinera Xceed Software Suite and the DTN-X Family of packet optical transport platforms.
The Xceed Software Suite (Xceed) provides integrated, open and modular components for SDN automation of programmable multi-layer transport networks, enabling service providers to create new revenue streams and automate network operations. Built on the OpenDaylight open source SDN controller, Xceed is designed for extensibility and high availability to support the requirements of real-time changes in transport networks.
“Network operators across the globe are implementing software defined networks to increase service agility and automate multi-vendor network management,” said Chris Liou, Vice President, Network Strategy at Infinera. “Infinera is delighted to work with the OIF, ONF and industry leading carriers to demonstrate how our open software solutions interoperate in a multi-vendor environment to accelerate service delivery while simplifying network operations.”
The OIF and ONF are partnering to lead the industry toward the wide scale deployment of commercial SDN by testing key T-API. The interoperability test and demonstration, managed by the OIF, will address multi-layer and multi-domain environments in global carrier labs. The testing builds on the 2014 demo which was based on prototype T-APIs and helped advance transport SDN standardization. Additional use cases based upon the API standards will be clarified during the testing and defined through OIF implementation agreements to provide a common set of requirements.
Global carrier participants hosting the interoperability testing include China Telecom, China Unicom, SK Telecom, Telefonica and Verizon.
Regional demonstration read-out events will take place in early 2017 and a whitepaper will be available to the public. About the OIF
Launched in 1998, the OIF is the first industry group to unite representatives from data and optical networking disciplines, including many of the world’s leading carriers, component manufacturers, and system vendors. The OIF promotes the development and deployment of interoperable networking solutions and services through the creation of Implementation Agreements (IAs) for optical, interconnect, network processing, component, and networking systems technologies. The OIF actively supports and extends the work of standards bodies and industry forums with the goal of promoting worldwide compatibility of optical internetworking products.
By Per Danielsen