NetScout® Systems, Inc., today announced the company joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) in calendar Q3 of 2012, bringing 28 years of network-based performance management experience to help address the expected opportunities and challenges of managing the delivery of services that may arise from software-defined networking (SDN) architecture. The ONF is a non-profit organization, recognized throughout the networking industry for its dedication to improving SDN standards and solutions worldwide. As a member of ONF, NetScout will collaborate on approaches to address the new performance management challenges associated with implementing and running SDN-based service delivery environments for both its enterprise and service provider customers.
NetScout believes SDN will help drive the transformation of modern enterprise, service provider and cloud operator data center and service delivery networks, and will bring substantial infrastructure efficiencies as well as enable new services. However, the resulting virtualized network will create an even greater level of interdependency between network traffic, control traffic, applications and enabling technology. Consequently, assuring service levels and providing a superior user experience require complete visibility and understanding of multiple, dynamically changing traffic flows. This can be best accomplished using packet flow technology, NetScout’s core competency.
“ONF’s mission is to promote the commercialization and use of SDN and its underlying technologies,” said Dan Pitt, executive director, Open Networking Foundation. “SDN represents the future of the network for the delivery of services. With this market evolution comes the need to assure that services delivered over an SDN-based infrastructure are delivered without negative impact to performance or the user experience. We are encouraged when member companies step forward to drive the advancement of market segments, such as performance management, that are crucial to the overall success of SDN. Such efforts by members will serve to accelerate SDN adoption by enterprises and service providers.”