Ben-Mack Crane discusses why OpenFlow needs to evolve and how ONF plans to take it through evolution. 

As ONF prepares to complete its planned merger with ON.Lab later this year, we have been thinking a lot about ONF’s ongoing work, including the OpenFlow standard. I recently shared some insight with Network Computing on where OpenFlow is today and where we believe that it needs to go in the future. You can read an excerpt from the contributed piece below:

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Mike McBride, Senior Director of Innovation & Technology Strategy at Huawei, shares how a friend got him hooked on networking.  

I network because of Joe.

Joe was a colleague of mine at Apple Computer in the Bay Area back in the early 90s. We were both enjoying being young and employed by a cool company who let us show up to work in Levi’s, had great parties and who brought us all those sweet computers including the modular Mac IIcx, the wicked fast Mac IIfx and the Mac Powerbook (which replaced that incredible mini suitcase the Luggable). The times were good, I was finishing up my degree in the evening at San Jose State, we were working on awesome computers, John Scully was at the helm and Steve was busy breaking out the cube over at NeXT. I thought Apple could be my life for many years to come.

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New VP of Standards and Membership, Timon Sloane, introduces himself and shares his passion for the “new” ONF.

As we enter the New Year, I want to kick things off by formally introducing myself to the ONF community. I am excited to serve as VP of Standards and Membership, leading our efforts with SDN standards, skills certification and with the membership at large. I am also very much looking forward to the opportunity before us in combining open source with standards as ONF and ON.Lab merge.

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Timon Sloane recaps SDxCentral’s special report on the state of OpenFlow and SDN.  

Over the last seven years, OpenFlow has proved to be a catalyst in driving the widespread adoption of SDN. In my (relatively new) role as Vice President of Standards and Membership for ONF, I oversee standards development including the work with OpenFlow.  As it turns out, I’ve joined the ONF just as a new report from on OpenFlow is being released by SDxCentral.  This gives us a timely outside assessment of the market situation for OpenFlow just as we are analyzing and making plans on the merger of ONF and ON.Labs.  We need a holistic view of the current state of OpenFlow, so the timing could not have been better.

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Guru Parulkar takes some time to thank the community and take a look back at the year’s accomplishments.

This Thursday, families and friends in the U.S. will gather together to share gratitude and eat some great food, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.S. secular holiday, celebrated every November to remember the coming together of the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans, is a day where people reflect and give thanks. As such, the ONF team and I are reflecting on what we are thankful for. Personally, I am thankful for my loving family, my great friends, and of course you, the ONF community.

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ONF’s Open Transport Working Group completes its third PoC in one year. 

Over the past year, we have been working on various Proof of Concept events (PoC’s) to continue the advancement of the industry’s commercial adoption of SDN. In October 2015, ONF’s Open Transport Working Group completed the industry’s first multi-vendor Wireless Transport SDN PoC. The PoC was designed to encourage the development, testing, and implementation of open SDN for Wireless Transport and to demonstrate multi-layer optimization on an open SDN infrastructure. Following the first PoC, the group was able to complete the second PoC six months later. Today, we are proud to announce that work has been completed on the third Wireless Transport PoC in North Brunswick, New Jersey hosted by AT&T.

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Guru Parulkar introduces himself to the ONF community as he steps into his new role as Executive Director.

As we move forward in merging ONF and ON.Lab, I wanted to formally introduce myself to the community as the new Executive Director. I am excited for what the future will bring as we push ahead to bring standards and open source together, and charter this next phase of SDN in “the new ONF.” With this new ONF, we will accelerate and grow the adoption of SDN, a high priority goal that the entire community is committed to.

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