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April 16, 2012

NEC Designates Software-based Networks, Launches Open Networking Research Center

NEC (News - Alert) Corporation, inventors of OpenFlow and SDN, stated the company looks to "open up the Internet infrastructure for innovations" and facilitate the larger network industry to build networks that provide sophisticated functionality, economical and simpler to manage than current networks.

Taking its mission forward, the company has joined with Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley, 11 other companies and has joined the Open Networking Research Center (ONRC). According to NEC, this will help the company focus on software-defined networking (SDN) as a new paradigm.

The center consists of two research groups at Berkley and Stanford. It also consists of a new non-profit networking laboratory called Open Networking Lab (ON (News - Alert).Lab). There will be a consortium of twelve of the world's foremost networking companies (this includes NEC) and these companies are the founding sponsors of the center.

“We are delighted to see growing interest and support from companies in Software Defined Networking," said Guru Parulkar, executive director of the ONRC and ON.Lab. "NEC has been a sponsor of our research and a key partner since 2007 and we are happy to see NEC continue its support with the new center as we take SDN to the next level.”

The Open Networking Research Center focuses on developing a complete intellectual framework for the new era of networking, the company stated in a press release.

NEC recently partnered with Abiquo (News - Alert) to combine its infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering with Abiquo's cloud service orchestration and management software. With this, NEC's new IaaS solution enhances flexibility and provides a reduction of operational cost by offering customers a single virtual platform to build and operate cloud services. With Abiquo's technology-agnostic cloud orchestration, NEC's IaaS solution can host up to six different hypervisors.

Edited by Braden Becker

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