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OpenFlow To Release Switch Controller Aimed At Business Users

The creator of the OpenFlow programmable networking technology has announced its plans to release an OpenFlow controller in the near future.

The OpenFlow protocol, which was designed to allow companies to remotely control communication between switches and routers, was developed by Stanford University’s Clean Slate project.

The project’s leader, Guido Appenzeller, left the university to establish a start-up called Big Switch Networks, which recently raised $13 million in funding.

The OpenFlow technology has attracted interest from companies like Google, Facebook and Verizon, all of which offer services based on a public network. However, Big Switch believes that the true impact of the technology will be on the enterprise data centre market, Information Week reveals.

Apart from developing the OpenFlow controller, Big Switch is collaborating with switch vendors for building OpenFlow applications that can be used in the enterprise. The company believes that it could revolutionise the networking market, the same way VMware did for server virtualisation.

"We think we can deliver the same benefits as VMware in networking," Kyle Forster, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing at Big Switch, said in a statement to CRN.

“VMware's low cost of ownership has helped drive down the cost of deploying new servers, and in the networking industry it seems that the same should be possible,” he added.