B4N SwitchOS by Brain4Net Becomes the World’s First ONF Certified x86 OpenFlow Switch

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Brain4Net, an innovative SDN/NFV solution vendor and ONF member, today announced that B4N SwitchOS for X86 platforms has successfully completed the certification process under OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, and received the OpenFlow Version 1.3.4 Switch Conformance Test Report. As a result, B4N SwitchOS has become the world’s first* OpenFlow switch for X86-based platforms which passed the extensive rounds of testing.

Brain4Net’s product development strategy is aimed on building service-oriented and fully converged networks with bare-metal hardware, while implementing disaggregated control and service layers above. This strategy generates an important momentum for the networking industry by providing customers with the freedom of hardware choice without vendor lock-in and the ability to select the best fitting equipment option while supporting the same feature-set. Customers are now able to build their networks in a plug-and-play manner by using different switching systems as building blocks.

In pursuing this strategy, Brain4Net has developed B4N SwitchOS as part of the B4N Service Platform, the flagship product of Company. B4N SwitchOS is a lightweight multi-platform Network OS which delivers high-performance packet processing in virtualized environments as well as on hardware appliances, including ASICs, NPUs, and X86 platforms. The product is intended to introduce hardware abstraction by delivering the same user experience and feature-set, regardless of hardware assets installed in the network. B4N SwitchOS helps customers to enable feature-rich SDN networking by supporting the full set of OpenFlow 1.3.4 features, flexible pipelines and value-added features beyond the industry specifications.

To ensure compliance with industry standards, Brain4Net’s products are independently certified by a third-party certification partner. In particular, B4N SwitchOS was certified by the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab, the certification laboratory of ONF. The lab is one of the most authoritative bodies in the SDN industry and has hosted both interop and testing events in various technologies for over 25 years.

OpenFlow Conformance testing program completion guarantees the highest level of product conformance with an OpenFlow specifications as well as the product readiness for commercial deployment. It ensures customer confidence in B4N SwitchOS’s ability to meet the functional requirements of OpenFlow-based Software Defined Networks.

Additional benefits for customers are:

  • Increased confidence of the product's performance and functionality through continual improvement and Brain4Net's attention to the importance of industry certification
  • Proven quality of B4N SwitchOS
  • Significantly reduced costs of deployment as product issues are found prior to production deployment.

“As a result of a concentrated effort by the Brain4Net R&D team and our partners from the UNH-IOL, B4N SwitchOS has become the world’s first OpenFlow switch for X86 systems by successfully passing more than 500 extensive tests in accordance to OpenFlow Conformance Testing Program!" said Oleg Schapov, CEO of Brain4Net. “The validated OpenFlow conformance guarantees that x86-based hardware appliances with installed Network OS by Brain4Net will meet the technical requirements of a OpenFlow-based network. By combining service-oriented and converged network building approaches, vendor-independent network architecture, third-party validated performance and standards conformance, Brain4Net solutions provide quantifiable advantages to our clients from both technical and financial sides.”

“I am very pleased to congratulate the entire Brain4net team on successfully completing the OpenFlow Conformance Testing challenge. The Brain4Net R&D team did an outstanding job while testing SDN conformance and interoperability,” said Timothy Winters, Senior Executive, Software and IP Networking at the UNH-IOL. “We are excited to add the B4N SDN switch to our test bed and advance our expertise in this new era of networking.”

*According to information at OpenNetworking website: https://www.opennetworking.org/openflow-conformance-certified-products

About Brain4Net
Brain4Net Inc. is an innovative SDN/NFV solution provider for Enterprises and Service Providers. B4N Service Platform (the company’s flagship product) allows providing comprehensive network orchestration and control solutions for multi-vendor network infrastructure. The firm’s approach helps organizations bring agility to the network, improve network service chaining, and reduce both CAPEX and OPEX for network infrastructure deployment and operations.

Established in March 2015, Brain4Net stands out as SDN/NFV software vendor with broad technology partners ecosystem. Moving Telco industry and open source communities forward, Brain4Net is an active member of MEF, ONF, OPNFV, Intel Network Builders, Open Compute Project, Telecom Infra Project. Through co-leadership at MEF OpenCS NFV group, Brain4Net actively shares the expertise of OpenFlow-based CE 2.0 services with MEF community members. The company’s NFV expertise combined with extensive experience in complex services orchestration enhances the Third Network focused work groups.

For more information, visit http://www.brain4net.com.

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About the UNH-IOL
The UNH-IOL is dedicated to being the world's premier data networking resource. Beginning in 1988, the UNH-IOL has built a multimillion dollar testbed and developed testing solutions to help companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to market. UNH-IOL’s services fit the needs of the market, while maintaining broad, comprehensive interoperability and conformance testing of networking, data, telecommunications, and storage products. The industry relies on UNH-IOL’s extensive staff experience, standards-bodies participation, 28,000+ square foot facility, and 100+ students who represent the future of interoperability testing and verification.

http://www.iol.unh.edu | Twitter @UNH_IOL | Facebook @UNHIOL

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