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Lanner, Brain4Net Boast OpenFlow First

August 02, 2017

Open is the future; open, software-defined, virtualized and high performing network solutions.  Every day, innovation brings us a step closer. Partnerships are pushing development in open networking to the fore, with the results being something to behold.

This week, Lanner Electronics (News - Alert) and Brain4Net entered into a partnership aimed at launching ONF-certified network appliances, optimized by the B4N Switch OS.

Lanner brings its leadership in SDN and NFV ready hardware solutions, which fits seamlessly with the innovative SDN and NFV software vendor, Brain4Net. The pairing has resulted in the successful completion of the certification process under OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL (News - Alert)), in addition to receiving OpenFlow Version 1.3.4 Switch Conformance Test Report.

In terms of actual hardware, Lanner’s x86-based appliances FW-8894 and NCA-5510 coupled with Brain4Net’s B4N SwitchOS have achieved an industry benchmark. The OpenFlow switches are the first to go through this amount of rigorous testing, which ensures product conformance with OpenFlow specifications, in addition to ecosystem readiness deployment.    

"As a result of a concentrated effort by Lanner, the Brain4Net R&D team and our partners from the UNH-IOL, Lanner x86 platform featuring B4N SwitchOS has become the world's first OpenFlow switch by successfully passing more than 500 extensive tests in accordance with OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program!" said Oleg Schapov, CEO of Brain4Net. "The validated OpenFlow conformance guarantees that Lanner x86 network appliances with installed Network OS by Brain4Net will meet the technical requirements of an OpenFlow-based network."

The network is at the heart of all operations. Developers are designing the architecture of the future in front of our eyes. And like I said in the beginning, the future is open and will certainly be software defined. Are you planning on taking part in the digital transformation at hand?

Edited by Alicia Young

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