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Vello Starts Open Source Optical Forum

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Menlo Park, CA, – Vello Systems, a leading provider of software solutions that revolutionize how IT systems and services are deployed and consumed on standards-based hardware, today announced that it is initiating the Open Source Optical (OSO) Forum, which is chartered to promote new user models for both enterprise and cloud service provider customers.

The forum brings together optical component and system vendors, software companies, channel partners and end-users looking to promote the adoption of standards-based, interchangeable, easy-to-use, and power-efficient optical networking technologies into next-generation data centers and cloud environments. The aim of the group is to spur the adoption of open source optical solutions in data center and enterprise networks by providing an “open optical” counterpart to the rapidly growing world of merchant-Ethernet-based Software-Defined Networks (SDN).

The initial charter members of OSO include Vello, Accelink, CoAdna, CrossFiber, O-Net, PacketLight and Pacnet with more companies and organizations expected to be announced over the coming weeks.

It is software interoperability among multiple optical solution vendors that makes OSO possible and breaks the existing model of expensive vendor-locked optical systems that dominate the market today. To this end OSO will provide and maintain community-supported open source software that will power a variety of merchant-optical systems from current and future OSO members. This Open Source code will reside on the consortium’s web site, www.opensourceoptical.org.

Initially, some OSO members will simply port OSO software onto their existing optical systems, making them instantly compatible with OpenFlow controller and application frameworks. Other members may choose to build next-generation Native OpenFlow, enterprise-friendly 10G/40G/100G 1RU “pizza box” optical systems, or other appliances, as their go-to-market solutions. Moving forward, any software solution that supports OpenFlow 1.4 can also be used to run OSO-based optical solutions. Vello will also be making the optical extensions generally available to be incorporated into other OpenFlow network controller frameworks.

Importantly, OSO software will include the optical extensions that are part of OpenFlow Version 1.4, which were authored and contributed by Vello in the Open Networking Foundation. This means that OSO-based systems can be deployed and configured directly alongside OpenFlow-based Ethernet switches from a single screen, completely eliminating today’s requirement of complex optical system commissioning. This unprecedented orchestration of packet and optical network assets has never been attempted until OSO and promises to not only accelerate the penetration of optical technology into the data center – by making it easy to use and in an enterprise form factor -- but also provide new tools to enhance the way IT systems and services are purchased and consumed by end users.

Vello CEO Karl May said:

    “Vello’s mission is to provide the software that fundamentally changes IT consumption models, making them better tailored to the demands of enterprise and individual end users. Customers are calling for more flexibility and new tools to realize their IT delivery solutions. Vello’s goal has been to unify standard software with vendor-agnostic merchant hardware to ease adoption by users. One major goal with OSO is to decouple the hardware and software innovation cycles and give vendors in both categories greater freedom to innovate. We want to extend the open networking revolution to optical systems. We share the industry’s growing belief that open networking is a compelling ‘no brainer’ to achieve cost-effective control of applications and infrastructure – and it is time to extend its benefits to the optical realm, particularly now that optical systems can be as easy to use and deploy as an Ethernet switch under OpenFlow control using OSO software."

Initially OSO will be focused on data center and enterprise solutions as, among other reasons, data centers are becoming clusters in metro areas and enterprises are running more ultra-high-speed (100Gb/s link) networks. OSO also anticipates folding in long-haul optical solutions under its umbrella over time.

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