Infinera Joins OIF, ONF to Improve SDN Interoperability

By Casey Houser October 05, 2016

Infinera uses its Intelligent Transport Network to help telecommunications companies, government bodies, and businesses expand and simplify their organization networks. Now Infinera has announced its joining of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). It has joined these two groups to increase the interoperability of its DTN-C optical transport hardware and accompanying Xceed network management software with multiple vendors’ software-defined networking hardware and software.

Chris Liou, the vice president of network strategy at Infinera, commented that the networking industry relies on many vendors working together for the betterment of their clients. Business and governments want their choice of applications, and they want those applications to cooperate without extended modifications. This is where groups such as the OIF and ONF can become an integral part of everyday business operations – they make sure vendors’ products can interact in a meaningful manner before customers take those products into commercial use.

“Network operators across the globe are implementing software-defined networks to increase service agility and automate multi-vendor network management,” Liou said. “Infinera is delighted to work with the OIF, ONF, and industry leading carriers to demonstrate how our open software solutions interoperate in a multi-vendor environment to accelerate service delivery while simplifying network operations.”

Infinera’s focus with OIF and ONF will be in testing its hardware and software against the capabilities of the Transport Application Programming Interface (T-API). OIF has previously noted that the T-API should allow optical and packet layers in networks to better cope with link failures and high traffic. This should result from the optical and packet layers knowing about each other’s existence. Most present networking configurations separate these entities, TMC has pointed out, so networks have a difficult time adapting to changing conditions.

The Xceed software suite should soon be able to integrate the capabilities of the T-API within its own automation of multi-layer transport networks. One of the most prominent innovations the T-API will bring forth – its notification interface – will have the ability to notify applications that congestion is present in a network. If Xceed adopts that message transfer, it should then gain the ability to notify multiple applications of network changes and automatically alter their behavior. This way, networks can remain self-aware and able to improve their behavior without manual intervention from IT administrators, a resource-saving goal of any small or large organization with extensive network commitments.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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