Adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) into enterprise networks will only gain momentum once apps are created the deliver true value to business.
That's according to IP/Ethernet switching solutions provider, Allied Telesis, which has now outlined its vision for Software Defined Networking about a year after the launch of the Allied Telesis Management Framework.
The boffins at Allied Telesis have determined that extracting business value from SDN will require several steps.
The company recognised previous SDN innovation had primarily focused on the control plane, leaving the management plane underdeveloped.
"With that in mind, the first step Allied Telesis took was to develop AMF, which delivers an innovative management solution that simplifies network management and drives down operating costs," a company statement said.
"Next, Allied Telesis created an end-to-end SDN-capable platform that is compliant with the latest ratified OpenFlow standards."
This platform is designed to be a hybrid, capable of both OpenFlow and traditional intelligent Layer 3 switching simultaneously, and configurable on a per-port basis.
This platform can be managed by AMF to provide a powerful and cost-effective management solution for SDN networks, according to the company.
Allied Telesis is now working with partners to create SDN applications that solve real-world business problems.
The initial focus is on office applications for enterprise customers.
It is hoped the combination of AMF in the management plane and OpenFlow in the control plane will provide an ideal platform for further innovation to develop unique and comprehensive networking solutions.
The AMF platform supports legacy Allied Telesis products, including workgroup switches, and is able to migrate a legacy network system to an AMF system, without incurring a major investment," he said.
Allied Telesis director of global product management, Seiichiro Sato, said as a member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the company was fully committed to finding ways to deliver value from SDN solutions customers.
"We are excited to be able to demonstrate the first of these SDN applications, based on Allied Telesis platforms, at Tokyo Interop 2014 in June."