UNH-IOL SDN Group Gets a New Member with Brain4Net

By Steve Anderson August 04, 2016

The University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) has been offering a slate of useful services for developers and those in the networking industry ever since its inception. Now, it's got a new member in its ranks, as the group recently welcomed Brain4Net as part of its ongoing efforts to provide not only operations for testing and standards conformance, but also a complete test lab operation for those involved in Open Networking Foundation tests.

The new effort from the UNH-IOL is known as the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Consortium, and allows users access to handy, all-in-one operations that provide interoperability testing for both controllers and switches. Useful enough by itself, but it gets better; benchmark and conformance testing also come into play, allowing organizations to test new SDN applications against SDN switches of several different varieties ranging from NetConf to RestConf and beyond.

Enter Brain4Net, which at last report is the first firm to officially join the SDN Consortium. Brain4Net is planning to make great use of its new membership, staging several tests for its various products including the B4N SwitchOS and several Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) apps. There will likely be other such releases to follow that will need such testing, and its first stop will almost certainly be the SDN Consortium's facilities with UNH-IOL.

Brain4Net founder and CEO, Oleg Schapov, commented “Active collaboration with community, conformance to standards and cross-vendor interoperability are extremely important at the current stage of SDN/NFV market development. UNH-IOL provides best-in-class testing facilities and wide communication opportunities which make rapid technology evolution possible. Our company is pleased to be among the first official members of the SDN Consortium and we are ready to move industry forward.”

This new coalition should go a long way toward advancing SDN. While its close cohort network functions virtualization (NFV) has gone a long way thanks to its value to the private sector, SDN isn't so readily used outside of research communities, by some reports. Making a jump to the private sector might be a little tougher due to that, so groups like the SDN Consortium should be a help here. It should be especially helpful once SDN can demonstrate its bottom-line impact, a point that NFV has more often demonstrated thanks to the growing number of users that turn to the concept.

With this new connection, the SDN Consortium may well draw in new users, and thus be better able to put out new products and services. That should draw greater attention to SDN, and put it on par with NFV more readily.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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