NoviFlow, Georgia Tech Partner on SDN

By Paula Bernier October 25, 2013

Georgia Tech is working with NoviFlow to look at how the vendor’s OpenFlow switch can meet research challenges related to software-defined networking.

“This partnership announcement with the Georgia Institute of Technology is an important milestone in the development of a robust OpenFlow and SDN solutions ecosystem that will drive the creation of applications for deployment in the network and cloud operator markets,” said Dominique Jodoin, president and chief executive officer of NoviFlow. “Our gateway switches deliver up to 200 gigabits per second of genuine OpenFlow 1.3 throughput in a 1U format, supporting up to 1 million flow entries and 1 thousand flow/mods/second, to address today’s network hungry applications, such as cloud computing, SDN, and NFV.”

This is part of NoviFlow’s larger effort to promote OpenFlow 1.3-based SDN and network functions virtualization by working with leading academic and research organizations.

SDN, an architecture that separates the control and data planes of the network, is a new application-centric approach to networking. OpenFlow, the first SDN standard to be defined, was the result of work at Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, the University of Washington, and WUSTL.

SNS Research estimates that SDN and NFV will be worth $4 billion next year alone and forecasts compound annual growth of nearly 60 percent in the next 6 years. Both wireline and wireless service providers stand to benefit big from SDN and NFV, according to SNS Research, which estimates that carriers could save up to $32 billion yearly. Plexxi expects between 30 and 40 percent of total networking spend could be influenced by SDN over the next six years, which means the total SDN market could reach $35 billion by 2018.

NFV and SDN already are widely deployed in data center and enterprise environments, and several service provider deployments also under way.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

Executive Editor, TMC

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