Radware Joins Open Networking Foundation Working Group to Help Accelerate the Adoption of Open SDN

MAHWAH, N.J. October 23, 2013 02:00 PM

Radware joins HP, Intel, Microsoft, NEC – companies will develop information models for stable, open northbound interfaces that support rapid adoption of SDN.

Radware® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of application delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data centers, today announced it is now part of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Northbound Interface (NBI) Working Group, joining the ranks of companies such as Intel and Microsoft in order to assist the industry accelerate the adoption of open SDN.

Chartered this month, the NBI Working Group was created to help reduce end-user confusion on the Northbound Interface and to help the application developers actively seeking an open Application Programming Interface (API) to develop code against. It will enable acceleration of SDN innovation by allowing significant application portability across SDN controllers, both open source and proprietary.

The ONF is a growing nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open
SDN. Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, it promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers, and users.

“We are elated to find ourselves in the same company of those who are part of the core team,” says Avi Chesla, chief technology officer, Radware. “This working group will help define various SDN Controller Northbound API Interfaces (NBIs) in order to significantly increase the speed in which new SDN applications are developed. Collectively, we will be able to accelerate innovation in order to quickly adapt the customer’s needs from their networks.”

“The number of approaches to the Northbound Interface has grown to more than 20 in the last two years,” says Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “While valuable market education can be taken from each of these approaches, the volume has created a confusion of programmatic interfaces that network service vendors, orchestration systems, and application developers must write to in order to serve diverse SDN use cases. As part of our role in helping the industry develop and maintain approaches to open SDN, we are taking the lead in helping end users better understand what NBIs serve what needs. We appreciate the active participation of our member companies in this work.”

A Chairperson for the NBI Working Group will be appointed by the Board in November, after applications are received from Member Company candidates. Initial information modeling will be completed in 2014. For more information, please visit: https://www.opennetworking.org/working-groups/working-groups-overview.

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