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June 13, 2014

SDN networks require ‘business value applications’ to be successful

Allied Telesis outlines SDN vision for businesses.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

The adoption of software defined networking (SDN) into business networks will only gain momentum if apps are created that deliver "true value to business".

That is according Ethernet switching provider Allied Telesis, which has outlined its vision for SDN a year after the launch of its Telesis Management Framework.

The firm, which is currently working with partners to create SDN applications, said previous efforts to develop SDN mainly focused on the control plane, which has left the management plane underdeveloped.

"With that in mind, the first step Allied Telesis took was to develop AMF, which delivers an innovative management solution that simplifies network management and drives down operating costs," the company said in a statement.

"Next, Allied Telesis created an end-to-end SDN-capable platform that is compliant with the latest ratified OpenFlow standards."

This platform is designed to be a hybrid, which is capable of both OpenFlow and traditional intelligent Layer 3 switching at once, and can be managed by AMF to provide "a powerful and cost-effective management solution" for SDN networks.

Seiichiro Sato, Allied Telesis director of Global Product Management, said, "As a member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF, Allied Telesis is fully committed to finding ways to deliver value from SDN solutions to our customers. We are excited to be able to demonstrate the first of these SDN applications, based on Allied Telesis platforms, at Tokyo Interop 2014 in June."

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