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NoviFlow and Lumina Networks team up for a journey to the SD-Core of the network


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  • Lumina offers a vendor-independent SDN controller and applications powered by OpenDaylight
  • And is now offering a  partnership with NoviFlow to deliver a Software Defined Core (SD-Core) using an MPLS  and Segment Routing based forwarding plane

Lumina claims NoviFlow’s NoviWare network operating system combined with its own SDN Controller, can deliver carrier-grade MPLS core routing at a fraction the cost of proprietary vendor solutions. It claims SD-Core will enable carriers to deploy scalable MPLS and  Segment Routing based networks using SDN and white box technologies. This means they can evolve their core networks to SDN, while retaining the protocols, products and reliability of their existing  networks;  and it means large MPLS networks are able to scale beyond the capabilities of typical core  routers, all the while reducing costs.

Unlike competing white box solutions, Lumina claims NoviWare, Noviflow’s high-performance OpenFlow forwarding  plane software, has been designed to address the complex MPLS requirements of carrier-grade networks and can deliver over a million simultaneous flows. Lumina’s SDN Controller provides OpenFlow  control to the data plane, while working with the network’s legacy routing software to integrate  with existing network nodes. Interfaces for provisioning, service assurance and operational  tasks are made available via REST APIs and can be integrated with orchestrators to support TOSCA NFV  service definitions.

The solution is built to allow the gradual migration of MPLS services to the new infrastructure, allowing the capping of investment of legacy core routers, while the  network evolves to deliver new SDN-based services.

“The alliance between Lumina and NoviFlow  provides a compelling new end-to-end solution for MPLS and Segment Routing, extending the radical  CAPEX and OPEX benefits of SDN/OpenFlow beyond the network’s edge and into the spine and core,” explains  Dominique Jodoin, President and CEO of NoviFlow.

“Taking specific SDN use cases out of the lab and deploying them in real customers, with real problems, is  the cornerstone of our value.” said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks.  

“However, we don’t expect customers to rip and replace their existing network, but rather cap their investments in traditional core routers and start migrating non mission-critical traffic, build confidence and then move to a considered migration of traffic, blending old  and new networks together - a ‘journey to the SD-Core’, so to speak”.

NoviFlow’s NoviWare running on NPU’s and Barefoot’s Tofino will be demonstrated live in NoviFlow’s booth (#A10) at the SDN and NFV World Congress on October 10-13, 2017 in The Hague, Netherlands. Lumina will also be demonstrating the SD-Core solution live  at booth (#A09). All interested parties are invited to come by and see the best in SDN/OpenFlow solutions!

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