The Network Intelligence Alliance Presents Industry Awards to Honor Service Providers and Technology Vendors for Excellence in Combining Intelligence with Open Networking

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The Intelligent Open Networking (IOPN) Awards will recognize and reward services, solutions and Proof of Concepts that successfully combine intelligence with open networking.

IOPN Awards 2016
These awards recognize a crucial combination to make tomorrow’s networks successful: openness AND intelligence.

The Network Intelligence Alliance (NI Alliance), an industry organization promoting collaboration among vendors of products or solutions based on network intelligence, today announced the launch of the Intelligent Open Networking (IOPN) Awards to reward service providers and technology vendors that successfully combine intelligence with open networking.

The IOPN Awards is an industry initiative recognizing and encouraging the combination of intelligence with open networking. Intelligence brings added value in the form of traffic intelligence, subscriber intelligence, security intelligence and business intelligence. Open Networking is defined as a combination of networking in a virtualized environment, and leveraging open source software (e.g. Linux, Open vSwitch, Docker, OpenStack, etc.).

Award entries are open to service providers, systems integrators and vendors of network products or solutions. They are free of charge.

The IOPN Awards 2016 will recognize excellence in 3 categories:
1.    Best innovation combining intelligence with open networking
2.    Best Proof of Concept (PoC) combining intelligence with open networking
3.    Best service or solution combining intelligence with open networking

The deadline for submissions is the 12th of February 2016. Winners will be announced during Mobile World Congress 2016 during the IOPN Awards Evening on Tuesday, 23 February 2016.

Award entries will be judged independently, on their contribution to the networking industry, by members of leading analysts. The 2016 selection jury is composed of:

  •     Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
  •     Joe Hoffman, Vice President, Strategic Technology, ABI Research
  •     Shira Levine, Research Director, IHS
  •     Erik Larsson, Chairman of the Network Intelligence Alliance

Quotes:
Erik Larsson, Chairman of the NI Alliance: “Intelligence is the missing link in open networking: the IOPN awards recognize organizations that are actively working to fill this gap.”

Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading: “The IOPN awards provide insight into the latest trends in intelligent networking technologies and their deployment in the real world. I look forwarding to judging in 2016 and encourage companies to submit an entry.”

Joe Hoffman, Vice President, Strategic Technology, ABI Research: “These awards recognize a crucial combination to make tomorrow’s networks successful: openness AND intelligence – detailed understanding of what’s going on within open, virtualized environments.”

Shira Levine, Research Director, IHS: “There are many awards encouraging open networking, but the IOPN awards are the only awards that recognize the additional need for intelligence in next-generation networks.”

For more information about the IOPN Awards and to apply: http://www.iopnawards.org/nominate/

For more information on the IOPN Awards Evening during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: http://www.iopnawards.org/awards-evening/

To find out more about the partners of the IOPN Awards and IOPN Awards Evening: http://www.iopnawards.org/partners/

About the NI Alliance
The NI Alliance is an industry organization promoting collaboration among vendors of products or solutions based on network intelligence. Members are suppliers of network intelligence technology components; software vendors; and information providers of solutions, such as cybersecurity, telecom service assurance, traffic optimization and more. Participation in the NI Alliance helps members build and market innovative solutions to network operators and enterprise customers seeking to improve performance, security and quality of network-dependent services.

For more information, please visit http://www.nialliance.org.

NI Alliance Media Contact
Madeleine Renouard / Phone: +33 1 70 81 19 00 / Email

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