At Lumina Networks, we believe the future is open software networks that give service providers control over how they implement their ideas and priorities for change. We believe our job is to be the catalyst to bring open software networking out of the lab and into their live network. We started Lumina to ensure that providers can use open source in critical use cases, not just experimental ones. Yet, delivering technology by itself is not enough. Our customers are learning and doing with us, so they acquire the skills, practices and tools needed to develop and manage the platforms we jointly deploy.
Challenges in Open Software Networks
Transitioning to open, software-based networks can dramatically lower capital and operational costs while transforming network functionality and customer experience. Yet, many providers have shared with us that the complexity of the transition from hardware to software, along with the crucial requirement of independence from vendors, has made it difficult for them to move beyond lab trials and into production environments. This is where open source-based networking technology can help.
Value of Open Source
Open source controllers provide a layer of abstraction to manage and control the network, creating a common, open platform for developers that reduces the existing tight coupling between vendor devices and business services systems. Without this independent abstraction, developing advanced applications that must span multiple devices (for example, algorithmic traffic engineering) becomes nearly impossible, and software updates can break even basic workflow and scripts implemented as hardcode between automation tools and network devices.
Open Software Products
The Lumina SDN Controller powered by OpenDaylight (ODL) provides a common, open platform for developers, giving providers direct control over their SDN development and implementation thus eliminating lock-in. Today, the OpenDaylight SDN Controller is widely deployed, supporting over 1 billion users worldwide. To ensure 100 percent compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes any enhancements made to its SDN controller back to the open source community. Lumina packages, tests and qualifies the ODL code for the specific use cases of our customers. Optional controller-based applications enable these use cases, which include SD-Core, Zero-Touch Installation, and Brownfield Adaption.