OIF work continues to advance SDN commercialization

Reinforcing its work to speed the implementation and commercialization of software-defined networking (SDN), OIF announced the launch of its newest project — “Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN,” the company said.

The project outlines requirements for a multi-layer SDN reference architecture as a use case for packet optical transport networks.

To meet the need for service/application-aware dynamic connectivity, on-demand bandwidth (e.g. in data center applications) and reduced OPEX, packet and optical layers need to successfully integrate with SDN control.

More importantly, there needs to be an interoperable framework that can be deployed across the network operator community for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) and other Wide Area Network (WAN) applications. The “Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN” project will generate functional requirements, a reference architecture and use cases for packet/optical networks guided by the vision to enable agile, open network solutions that simplify operations and optimize resource utilization.

On November 30, OIF experts will participate in the Lightwave Open Optical webcast series to discuss the results of OIF´s 2018 SDN T-API multi-vendor interoperability demonstration — ´Assuring Open Optical Networking Interoperability.´ The collaborative demo, which took place earlier this year, showcased new dynamic behavior use cases and deployment scenarios and identified multiple success points and areas where additional work is needed to enhance performance.

OIF is where the optical networking industry´s interoperability work gets done. Celebrating 20 years of effecting progressive change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 100+ industry network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors, all collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry´s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at http://www.oiforum.com.