NEC displays SDN leadership at PlugFest

NEC Corporation showed its commitment to software-defined networking (SDN) by participating in the Open Networking Foundation’s semiannual PlugFest. The Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE) at Indiana University organized and hosted the event October 8-12.

Interoperability is a key concern at PlugFest, and NEC was pleased with the outcomes. “PlugFest allowed us to test the NEC ProgrammableFlow controller with nearly 20 vendors in a single week,” said Su-Hun Yun, NEC senior business development manager for ProgrammableFlow Networking. “NEC is committed to being interoperable with all OpenFlow switches from a variety of vendors – and this event was an excellent opportunity for us to test our equipment.”

Business-university collaboration is central to InCNTRE's mission. "InCNTRE provides a broad range of SDN testing services including conformance, interoperability, and proof-of-concept testing,” said Matt Davy, InCNTRE executive director. “However, we believe that multivendor interoperability testing really shows a key strength of SDN, and we are glad that NEC has been so supportive of our efforts in this area.”

As an original member of InCNTRE’s SDN Interoperability Lab, NEC has long been a supporter of SDN and OpenFlow technologies. “The SDN technology allows for a best-of-breed solution, with ONF creating the standards and now InCNTRE providing interoperability testing and certification,” said Don Clark, director of business development, NEC Enterprise Technologies IT. “NEC provided support as a founding member of InCNTRE because we see the importance of its mission.”