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NoviFlow Joins Open Network Operating System Project

February 24, 2016

NoviFlow has joined the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) growing list of collaborators.

A manufacturer of network switching hardware, it complies with the OpenFlow communications protocol, which allows network controllers to determine how packets pass through network switches. ONOS uses software-defined networking (SDN) to provide advancements in the way commercial networks operate. Instead of relying on hardware to make decisions, specialized software such as ONOS can work on any type of hardware platform to make the most out of its built-in ability to move data packets from one server to another.

NoviFlow’s apparent role with ONOS will be to create innovative ways to use that operating system as a controller for its hardware. Just because SDN systems can run on any hardware does not mean that hardware manufacturers will give up trying to meet the needs that software will demand.

Dominique Jodoin, the CEO of NoviFlow, commented that the company’s purpose here will be to shape the future of networking. It will join a number of other organizations that have the same mission.

To begin, it is worth noting the efforts of Open Networking Foundation, the organization that manages the OpenFlow standard to which NoviFlow complies. It recently released an update for its Atrium SDN software stack – a complete set of programming tools for building software-based networks – that gives it support for the OpenDaylight controller. This increased range will not stop the Open Networking Foundation from continuing its support for the ONOS controller, however, so it should come as no surprise that the release also contained updates for ONOS interior gateway protocols.

Next, NoviFlow will stand alongside AirHop communications. AirHop as now taken its self-organizing network to ONOS to help develop the Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (MCORD) initiative, an ONOS project that targets telecoms.

NoviFlow’s specific role in this partnership appears to be more general in nature. It reportedly will address commercial network standards such as Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD, similar to MCORD listed above), ATRIUM, and XOS, as well as many others. These types of networks will find their way into hyper-scale datacenters that some of the largest global corporations will find necessary to process company and user data.

SDN is clearly grabbing the interest of many organizations and enterprises. NoviFlow will have no small part to play as the newest contributor to ONOS even though it will follow a number of heavy hitters into the field.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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