Internet2 deploys ONOS as part of its SDN migration

Internet2 has deployed the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) on its R&E network, a move that illustrates the service provider's initial migration to software defined networking (SDN).

This migration will affect five higher education institutions--including Duke University, Florida International University, the Indiana GigaPoP, MAX and the University of Maryland–College Park, and the University of Utah.

For this project, ONOS worked with the Internet2 NOC at Indiana University to validate the ONOS/SDN-IP solution as one of the first virtual SDN networks deployed in production on Internet2's nationwide network substrate. By doing this, the ONOS community could show the platform and the application's ability to work with heterogeneous hardware devices, at scale, in a real network scenario.

Internet2 is using the capabilities of its SDN substrate to provision virtual networks based on FlowSpace Firewall. The service provider deployed an ONOS cluster in a virtual network slice on the Internet2 network, controlling 38 OpenFlow-enabled Brocade and Juniper switches.

By deploying the SDN-IP Peering application atop ONOS peers with other, traditional networks, an SDN-based network like Internet2 can provides benefits such as network programmability, lower TCO and removal of vendor lock-in. Internet2 and ONOS said that in this particular case, the centralized control plane leads to significant improvements in network operation efficiency for its R&E network.

Some of the early work in this space also generated feedback that is now included as part of the requirements for upcoming ONOS releases. 

A live demonstration of this deployment will be on display during the ONS2015 event.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Internet2, 20 universities create SIP Steering Committee
Internet2, ESnet light up transcontinental 100G network
Level 3 lights up Internet2's fiber network
Internet2 employs Ciena for its national 100 Gbps network


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceTelecom!

The Telecom industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceTelecom as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on the intersection of telecom and media. Sign up today to get telecom news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Suggested Articles

Thanks to the European and Asia-Pacific regions, global data center switch revenue bounced back in Q3 after two consecutive quarters of declines.

Lumen has teamed up with Itential to boost automation across multi-domain networks for service providers, enterprises and cloud providers.

The Open Networking Foundation's Aether platform, which includes 5G, edge and cloud, has taken flight with a $30 million contract funded by DARPA.