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Open Networking Foundation and China SDN & Open Networking Commission Announce Strategic Collaboration to Accelerate Commercialization of SDN in China

Partnership agreement promotes SDN application and deployment in China, keeping organizations informed of latest developments in SDN and the OpenFlow® Protocol

BEIJING and PALO ALTO, Calif., August 30, 2013 – The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and China SDN & Open Networking Commission (CSONC), a networking commission in China dedicated to the development of SDN technologies, today announced a strategic partnership agreement to increase deployment and commercialization of SDN and the OpenFlow® protocol. Together ONF and CSONC will offer members additional resources to keep informed of the latest developments in SDN through conferences, technical investigation, and educational training.

“CSONC is focused on helping the Chinese markets transition to SDN, as this innovative technology offers greater management capabilities, cost reduction opportunities, and flexibility of the network,” said Dr. Jun Bi, executive vice chairman commissioner of China SDN & Open Networking Commission. “Our relationship with ONF will enable local and future member companies more opportunities to stay informed of innovative use cases, new versions of the OpenFlow® protocol, and local workshops designed to help network operators deploy the technology.”

“The mutual cooperation with ONF strengthens the construction of the Commission,” said Xudong Zhang, secretary-general of China SDN & Open Networking Commission. “We encourage scientific organizations and companies to join the Commission and participate in global communication and cooperation, and promote the exchange and development of the global SDN industry.”

CSONC is focused on promoting innovative SDN information and technology within the Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) industry. The Commission integrates theory with their practice and discusses the development and evolution of relevant technological standards. Currently, the organization is supported by nearly 30 member companies including scientific and technological institutions, operators, device suppliers, and large Internet companies.

As part of the relationship, CSONC and ONF will promote SDN and OpenFlow® applications to end users in China, as well as SDN and OpenFlow® technical research and development in China.

“The relationship between ONF and CSONC is a collaboration of two organizations dedicated to the needs of networking end users,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “We are committed to jointly furthering awareness of SDN and the OpenFlow® protocol in China and to taking advantage of the wealth of talent and enthusiasm in the country, to which CSONC has ready access.”

ONF is the steward of the OpenFlow® protocol, which provides the fundamental standard foundation for SDN. The organization offers a multitude of opportunities for more than 100 member companies who comprise some of the world’s largest network operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, end-users, and more. ONF has fostered implementation and deployment of OpenFlow-based SDN through the drafting of implementable standards, frameworks, and migration strategies; prototype demonstrations, interoperability experiments, and PlugFests; and extensive market-education activities.

About ONF
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 100 members whose mission is to advance the commercialization and use of SDN and the OpenFlow® protocol. ONF will accelerate the adoption of open SDN and OpenFlow® technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers, and users. For further details visit the ONF website at: http://www.opennetworking.org.

About China SDN & Open Networking Commission (CSONC)
In 2012, China SDN and Open Network Commission was officially established. The member organizations of the Commission include scientific and technological institutions, operators, device suppliers, and large Internet companies, with an extensive coverage of industrial chains and an overall combination of industry, education, and research. China SDN and Open Network Commission will organize SDN information and technology exchanges in Chinese IT industry, integrating theory with practice and discussing the development and evolution of relevant technological standards so as to promote future network technologies. For further details visit the website of China SDN and Open Network Commission at: http://www.chinasdn.org/.