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Zhone Technologies Joins Open Networking Foundation, Investing in Standards for
Next Generation SDN Network Innovations
Zhone joins forces with leading innovators for the promotion and adoption of SDN
through open standards development
Oakland, CA - October 2, 2013 - Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a
global leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced its membership
in the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). ONF, formed in March 2011, is a user-
driven organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-
Defined Networking (SDN). Zhone will work alongside 90+ member companies
including global giants and startups with a variety of expertise, bringing
together diverse perspectives from silicon to systems and software to computing
for a variety of users.
SDN is a new approach to networking where network control is directly
programmable. This results in an extremely dynamic, cost-effective and adaptable
architecture that gives administrators unparalleled programmability, automation
and control.Implementing SDN through an open standard allows impressive agility
while reducing service development and operational costs for providers.
"The Open Networking Foundation believes that end-user needs should drive SDN
standards, and we are especially happy to see new domains of end-user operation
adopting open SDN," said Dan Pitt, executive director of ONF. "Organizations
need to achieve better business value from today's networks. They require a
standards-based approach to SDN that will allow them to simplify networking
operation, tailor networking to business objectives, and operate heterogeneous
multi-party networks that free them from networking-vendor lock-in."
ONF's development process is open and collaborative, driven from the perspective
of the end-user. ONF is the steward of the OpenFlow(TM) standard, the first and
only vendor-neutral, standard communications interface between the control and
forwarding layers of an SDN architecture. The OpenFlow standard supports traffic
steering which allows more efficient use of network resources. It helps
enterprises and service providers alike improve their OPEX savings by
provisioning and managing their own services. It is programmable and a uniform
Cloud API supports the transition of carrier services to the cloud. ONF
continues to evolve OpenFlow to ensure that the benefits of SDN continue to
"Operators have long sought the freedom and flexibility that Software-Defined
Networks bring," said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone
Technologies. "Zhone Technologies continues to analyze SDN requirements, while
evolving and maturing its commitment to the OpenFlow Standard and other evolving
SDN standards to address the needs of its commercial and service provider
customers and their deployments on a global basis."
It is clear that SDN has practical value for a wide range of networks, but
carriers want to understand how to take advantage of SDN and also leverage their
current CAPEX investments. There are three approaches that carriers can take
when looking to transition to SDN: overlaying SDN in an existing network,
setting up a new service offering based on OpenFlow and deploying SDN and
OpenFlow into the company's IT organization to streamline data center
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About Zhone Technologies
Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in all IP multi-
service access solutions, serving more than 750 of the world's most innovative
network operators. The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service
providers to build the network of the future.today, supporting end-to-end Voice,
Data, Entertainment Social Media, Business, Mobile Backhaul and Mobility
service. Zhone is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP
Multi-Service solution for its customers. Zhone is headquartered in California
and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission,
waste-water and CFC free.
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