NEC was honored to accept today the Network Innovation Award from Search Networking.com, the first award ever given to a networking company for its work in the rapidly emerging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) arena. In annoucing the award, Executive Editor Rivka Little commented“In the past year, many companies have begun to firm up their SDN plans, but one company made the quickest strides in getting innovative OpenFlow products to market – NEC Corporation of America. So it is fitting that NEC is the first company to win a SearchNetworking.com Network Innovation Award in the category of Software-Defined Networking.”
Jeremy Hurley, SearchNetworking.com Publisher, is shown here (left) presenting the Innovation honor to Don Clark, Director of Business Development for the ProgrammableFlow® Open SDN product suite. More than 400 engineering person years have been invested by NEC into this ground-breaking Software-Defined Networking solution, a commitment first begun in 2008 when NEC co-founded and helped fund The Clean Slate Lab at Stanford, the birthplace of the OpenFlow protocol. First to market with a complete programmable networking solution in May of 2011, NEC currently offers a third version of its award-winning OpenFlow-based PF6800 controller. In addition to the simplified and automated network originally introduced in 2011, Version 3 introduced end-to-end Quality of Service, scalability beyond 4,096 VLANs, advanced network automation and granular network management. And just last week NEC participated with 20 other vendors at PlugFest, testing and demonstrating interoperability with multiple vendors including Broadcom, Brocade, Extreme, IBM and Juniper.
SDN marks a major change in the network landscape by moving the intelligence off proprietary routers and switches and into a centralized controller, where software enables you to design, deploy, monitor and manage the network from a single point. The OpenFlow-based ProgrammableFlow network suite separates the control plane from the data plane, enabling this radical simplification and complete network-wide virtuallization. Equally important, the ProgrammableFlow Network Fabric delivers an open, standardized northbound API to enable applications to be readily added to the network and speeding service delivery and business agility. These qualities were some of the benefits SearchNetworking editors saw in ProgrammableFlow Open SDN when they gave us the Networking Innovation Award. We are proud to accept this honor. To learn more about NEC’s ProgrammableFlow solution visit: http://necam.com/pflow