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Open Networking Foundation to Co-Host the J.P. Morgan SDN Forum to Explore Commercial Landscape and Investment Directions

Panel moderated by ONF scheduled to explore how existing networking systems and silicon support SDN

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 18, 2013 – The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced that it will co-host the second J.P. Morgan SDN Forum with J.P. Morgan Equity Research analyst Rod Hall on Sept. 25 at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel located in Palo Alto, Calif.

The J.P. Morgan SDN Forum provides a venue for networking companies to join together and discuss SDN trends and the potential for SDN to change the competitive landscape of networking. The event program consists of both panel discussions and presentations from networking companies and venture capitalists.

“SDN and its underlying technologies offer a disruptive approach to networking, and we’re excited to co-host an event with J.P. Morgan that brings together companies and key influencers helping to shape the SDN movement,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “Without collaborative opportunities to discuss trends, innovation, and end-user requirements, the commercialization and global deployment of SDN would prove difficult. It is ONF’s mission to accelerate the adoption of open SDN, and we will continue to do so through a wide gamut of initiatives and activities that promote open SDN technologies and standards.”

A panel comprised primarily of newer, innovative companies involved in the SDN movement will be moderated by ONF’s silicon SDN expert Martin Izzard on Sept. 25 at 9:15 a.m. Titled “The Place of Silicon in SDN,” this panel will examine the degree to which silicon and existing networking systems can and will support SDN, as well as silicon’s future market role. Panelists include:

  • Tao Gu, chief technology officer, Centec Networks
  • Niel Viljoen, founder and chief development officer, Netronome
  • Tsahi Daniel, chief technology officer, Xpliant.

ONF is an end-user advocate encouraging the commercialization, implementation, and deployment of open SDN and the OpenFlow® protocol. ONF encourages innovation in the SDN space through a variety of opportunities and activities including the drafting of implementable standards, frameworks, and migration strategies; prototype demonstrations, interoperability experiments, and PlugFests; and product announcements and releases. The non-profit organization is composed of more than 100 member companies from some of the world’s most influential network operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, end users, and more.

About ONF
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing non-profit organization with more than 100 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes 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 J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank
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