Lumina Networks takes aim at SDN market, taps Juniper, Brocade executive Coward as CEO

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Serro and Lumina said they will cooperate as business partners to jointly work on integration projects.

Lumina Networks, a new company focused on SDN, emerged following its acquisition of Brocade’s SDN Controller solution assets.

The new company is led by CEO Andrew Coward, the former VP of strategy at Brocade Communications. Earlier, Coward served stints at Juniper, Unisphere Networks and Nortel.

Purchasing these assets is significant in that Lumina will get access to all of Brocades’s 200 customers that use the controller.

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AT&T, which has set a goal to virtualize 75% of its network by 2020, is one of its Lumina’s largest customers. The company also has a number of other large service provider customers in North America and Asia.

Lumina launched with 60 employees that are mainly from Brocade, according to an SDX Central article. Additionally, about 6-10 of Serro Solutions’ employees will join the Lumina team, including CEO Nitin Serro.

Lumina will assume management of Serro’s ODL projects, but no financial gain was made by either company. Serro and Lumina said they will cooperate as business partners to jointly work on integration projects.

Lumina will offer customers its OpenDaylight-based SDN controller solution, applications and Network Development (NetDev) Services.

By using OpenDaylight as its preferred open source controller, Lumina claims it can enable service providers to directly control their SDN implementations while providing the flexibility to develop their own solutions through their choice of vendors to eliminate the vendor lock-in that has plagued the traditional hardware approaches. To ensure compatibility with OpenDaylight’s code base, Lumina contributes enhancements made to its SDN Controller back to the open source community.

Lumina’s NetDev Services will help service providers and other customers transform their network engineering and operations team. The NetDev Services team at Lumina works with customers to jointly develop production systems using agile methods to prototype and speed through proof-of-concept and pilot phases. By focusing on open networking environments, NetDev Services builds solutions using Lumina, open source tools or competitive products.