data centerThe Open Networking User Group (ONUG) has launched four industry initiatives aimed at fostering adoption of open, software-defined network (SDN) architectural frameworks.

The initiatives are the initial fruits of ONUG’s first collaborative effort to develop standards and open source code as it works to organize a governing body to oversee the development of those standards, according to a press release.

The four initiatives fill gaps in open SDN architectural standards and technologies. They are named:

  • Open SD-WAN Exchange (OSE)
  • Open Interoperable Control Plane (OICP)
  • Open Traffic Management Format (OTMF)
  • Open Network State Format (ONSF)

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“The new open industry initiatives will promote collaboration amongst vendors, academics, standards and open source organizations, and enterprise IT business leaders that is vital in bringing the ONUG Community closer to the open software-defined infrastructure they require,” ONUB co-founder and co-chairman Nick Lippis elaborated. “I would like to commend these trailblazing participants for the role they are playing in steering this movement, which will ultimately work to benefit both IT buyers and sellers.”

Apstra, Cisco, Citrix, CloudGenix, FatPipe, Glue Networks, NetScout, NTT Innovation Institute, Inc., Nuage Networks, Silver Peak, VeloCloud, Veriflow, Verizon, Versa Networks, and Viptela number among ONUG member companies. All are expected to participate in a series of four workshops to be held in New York City this summer and fall.

IDC recently forecast the SDN market will grow at 53.9% CAGR through 2020, at which time it will be valued at nearly $12.5 billion.

¨Hyperscale¨ data centers and cloud service operators are early SDN adopters, but the technology is also gaining traction in enterprise data centers across a broad range of industries, IDC highlights in its report. ¨Large enterprises are now realizing the value of SDN in the data center, but ultimately, they will also recognize its applicability across the WAN to branch offices and to the campus network,” commented Rohit Mehra, IDC VP, Network Infrastructure.