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Inspur signs up to ONOS project for stronger data center SDN

01 Sep 2017

IT solutions and services firm Inspur has joined the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) project as a collaborator, pledging its support to provide better data center networking solutions.

The project is hosted by the Open Network Foundation, which is an operator-led consortium that transforms networks into agile platforms for service delivery. It also provides scalable north-south abstract models for carrier-level software-defined networking networks.

"We are pleased to welcome Inspur to the ONOS project as a Collaborator. The ONF community looks forward to the company's contributions -- as we hope to collaborate with Inspur not just on SDN innovation, but also on the frontiers of other networking technologies,” comments the Open Network Foundation’s vice president of Standards & Membership, Timon Sloane.

Open Network Foundation consortium includes global providers such as China Unicom, NTT, Cisco, Ericsson, AT&T, and Intel.

Inspur general manager of System Software, Zhang Dong, says that more telecommunications providers are moving towards cloud, which means networks will need to be reengineered for data centers.

“To reengineer a telecom network, an SDN solution will have to rely on the support of a network operating platform that can both ensure the network's agility and allow the SDN network's control layer to behave like a carrier's network. ONOS as the first open-source SDN network operating system for carrier networks can really meet the carriers' needs, allowing them to have the ability to go to market and roll out commercial services quickly," Dong says.

"By participating in the ONOS project, Inspur hopes to expand its footprint in the SDN field, gradually strengthen its own advantage in offering solutions across clouds, and help build more elastic, more agile, and more efficient solutions for customers,” he continues.

According to Inspur, it strives to be ‘open and adaptive’ through its ongoing development.

The company is a member of the OpenStack open source cloud computing project. It has also released InCloud OS 5.0, a cloud data center operating system based on OpenStack framework.

Inspur is a member of the three major global open computing standard organizations: OCP, ODCC and OPEN 19.

The company is also working to provide better software development kits and standard APIS to support development and connection of upper-level communications.

“Given the convergence of ICTs, reengineering networks through computing has become a focus for enterprise users and device manufacturers. We believe that our deep involvement in the ONOS initiative will further increase Inspur's SDN capability,” a statement from Inspur concludes.

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