UNH-IOL Releases Open Networking Interoperability Test Results


UNH-IOL Releases Open Networking Interoperability Test Results

Lab Publishes Open Networking Integrator’s List and Launches Open Networking Test Services at the Open Compute Project’s Engineering Workshop Today in Boston

Durham, N.H., October 9, 2015 – Today, at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation Engineering Workshop in Boston, sponsored and hosted by Fidelity Investments, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, unveiled the industry’s first and only Open Networking Integrator’s List. The Open Networking Integrator’s List will enable choice for enterprises and datacenter operators and spur competition in the data center networking solutions market. The UNH-IOL also announced the formation of the UNH-IOL Open Networking Test Services Consortium as a means to coordinate ongoing interoperability testing, setting the foundation for a truly cooperative approach to networking.

The UNH-IOL’s Open Networking Integrator’s List is the first and only public directory of independently validated, interoperable combinations of networking products that are based on Open Compute Specifications. The list is based on successful completion of interoperability and conformance tests performed at the laboratory’s most recent Open Networking Plugfest, held September 21-25, 2015 at the UNH-IOL. Devices tested during the Open Networking Plugfest included network operating system (NOS) software, 10G and 40G switches, optical modules, active optical cables, and direct attached copper cables.  Participants included 3M, Accton Technology Corporation, Amphenol, Avago, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks, FCI, Finisar, FlexOptix, HP, Lumentum and Mellanox Technologies.  The UNH-IOL collaborated on this event and two previous Open Compute Plugfests with the OCP Networking Project, creating tests for disaggregated and open technologies in data center networking.  The outcomes of testing performed by the UNH-IOL will build confidence in open networking components, drive expanded choices, reduce costs and enable rapid innovation in the networking arena. 

“There is a large community of vendors that believe in open networking and are willing to prove their interoperability in an open fashion,” said Carlos Cardenas, co-chair of the OCP Networking Project.  “The results of everything happening here will alter the networking industry by improving customer confidence and increase adoption of open networking.”

Launched in 2011 by Facebook to share innovative and highly efficient data center designs, the OCP Foundation now includes 150 member companies and thousands of participants working in eight groups, including the OCP Networking Project, which is responsible for the organization’s networking specifications.  Interest in networking interoperability is growing, with many vendors aiming to reach customers directly, and enterprises of all sizes open to mixing and matching products from different providers.  The UNH-IOL Open Networking Integrator’s List, which builds upon testing that began in March 2015, gives data center operators and enterprises with their own data centers the assurance that these combinations of switches, operating systems and optical modules will seamlessly work together.  Validated data center networking components will accelerate deployments and enable lower-cost, flexible solutions for organizations that opt against working with single-system data center technology providers.

“Fidelity has been involved with Open Compute since its inception and fully supports its mission,” said Bob Thurston, Head of Integrated Engineering at Fidelity Investments.  “We value the collaboration, insights and solutions we have garnered from our involvement with OCP.  From the Open Bridge Rack contribution to leading and supporting OCP projects to sponsoring events like today’s OCP Engineering Summit, Fidelity looks forward to our continued participation in the OCP community.”

“The UNH-IOL Open Networking Test Services Consortium will enhance and coordinate ongoing interoperability testing and results,” said David Woolf, UNH-IOL Senior Engineer for Datacenter Technologies.  “I’m looking forward to continuing our work with the Open Networking Community.”  The Consortium is now open to product companies and other parties interested in open networking.  Membership includes access to the UNH-IOL’s vendor-neutral test services and participation in plugfests, such as the latest event that resulted in the validation of 12 test configurations and inclusion of products within those configurations on the UNH-IOL’s Open Networking Integrator’s List.  Members can also opt to leave equipment in the open networking test bed at the UNH-IOL to contribute to the ongoing development of open innovation.  For more information on the Consortium, or becoming a member, please visit the Open Networking Testing section of the website.


“We are delighted to take part in the 3rd Open Networking Plugfest 2015 and be able to demonstrate the interoperability of our latest portfolio of fiber optic transceivers with other Open Networking compliant solutions in a heterogeneous network environment,” said Steve Shultis, Director of Product Marketing of the Fiber Optics Product Division (FOPD) at Avago Technologies. “Avago is fully supportive of OCP’s interoperability testing objectives and an open networking platform and ecosystem that benefit our data center customers and stakeholders.”

“Cumulus Networks is pleased to be a part of the Open Networking Testing Consortium for Interoperability Program,” said Reza   Malekzadeh, Vice President of Business, Cumulus Networks. “Having Cumulus Linux based solutions certified will further accelerate the adoption of Open Networking by   confirming interoperability of the core components and helping eliminate vendor lock in.”

"Accton Technology is excited to be a member of the UNH-IOL Open Networking Test Services Consortium and to have tested our Edgecore AS5712-54X 10GbE and AS6712-32X 40GbE open network switches with the leading Network Operating System software, DAC cables and optical transceivers from the other consortium members, said Jeff Catlin, VP of Technology at Accton Technology Corporation.  “The publicly available interoperability data from UNH-IOL, provided through the sponsorship of the Open Compute Project network group, will give cloud provider, telecom and enterprise customers even more confidence in deploying proven and validated open network solutions based on our OCP-compliant switches.”

“Big Switch Networks is proud to sponsor events like the OCP Plugfest because they are what open hardware is all about: like-minded folks coming together for the betterment of the ecosystem” said Rob Sherwood, CTO, Big Switch. “Accelerating adoption of open networking principles will help to drive innovation and dramatically reduce costs for enterprises.”

“FCI is delighted to be an active participant in the Open Networking compliance and interoperability testing plugfest taking place at the University of New Hampshire” stated Roy Muscarella, VP and General Manager of FCI’s High Speed IO Business Unit. “Our participation in this event is consistent with FCI’s long standing participation in other similar testing & certification events across a number of open industry standards. This simply reinforces our perspective of the necessity of these events and, maybe more importantly, our belief that our customers value achieving certification and assuring proper interoperability with numerous Open Networking hardware suppliers. It eliminates any future concerns they may have for assuring a simple and straightforward plug-n-play operation with FCI’s HSIO product portfolio”

 “Lumentum is excited to be part of the Open Networking Testing Consortium for Interoperability Program,” said Doug Alteen, Vice President, Product Line Management, Optical Communications, Lumentum. “Interoperability standards give the eco-system an opportunity to ensure compatibility as innovations continue on hardware/software and optics. Lumentum’s portfolio of 10G, 40G and 100G transceivers have been deployed for years in Enterprise networks and we look forward to continuing our support of the Open Networking initiatives.”

“Mellanox is proud to be a member of the Open Networking Testing Consortium and to have our 10/25/40/50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet solutions certified under the interoperability program,” said Kevin Deierling, Vice President of Marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “Open and flexible solutions continue to gain importance as the data center becomes more and more of a competitive differentiator for today's enterprise. This program will deliver on the promise of Ethernet to allow users to mix and match equipment based on their specific and unique business needs and be confident of seamless interoperability.”

“3M is proud to be a member of the Open Networking Testing Consortium”, says Craig DiLorenzo, Business Director of 3M’s Electronics Materials Solutions Division.  “We look forward to supporting open architectures with our 10G /40G Twin Axial Cable Assemblies and Optical Module products. The industry trend toward open networking validated by third party interoperability testing will give consumers the confidence needed to implement configurations to truly fit their networking needs."


“I’m very excited to be involved in the certification program for open networking systems.  It’s been a great experience working closely with vendors to develop and implement a test plan.  The open networking plugfests are an opportunity for students to test new and innovative technology.  I am fortunate to be part of the open networking movement.”

-  Collin Crowell, Student Technician, Datacenter Technologies