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SDN & OpenFlow World Congress to provide a dozen Proof of Concepts of multi-vendor NFV

Next week, (Tuesday, October 14 through Friday, October 17) the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress will meet in Dusseldorf, Germany. The meeting is particularly important because it will be the principal opportunity to examine developments, debate the issues and see the reality of SDN and NFV. 2015 will be the year that SDN and NFV will demonstrate their value to the entire market - carriers, data centres and enterprises - in real-world trials, but could also well be the year in which the first commercial deployments will become operational.

Attendees at the upcoming "knowledge exchange" will be able to see for themselves just how far SDN and NFV have come since the first SDN & OpenFlow World Congress took place in 2012. It is no exaggeration to say that in the brief period since that first gathering the comms world has changed almost beyond recognition as information about, and enthusiasm for, the real potential of the two technologies has spread like wildfire through the global industry.

Thus, Dusseldorf will feature the ETSI NFV PoC (Proof of Concepts) Zone. With no fewer than 12 PoCs officially accepted by the NFV ISG, this will the biggest showcase of multi-vendor NFV yet to be brought together in one venue. TelecomTV will be there in force and will be reporting on all the news and developments to allow those unable to be there in personto  gain first-hand knowledge and insight about the current reality of these critical technologies.

To coincide with the event, The OpenDaylight Project (which seems to have a thing about gases) has announced the release of "Helium" its second open source platform designed to advance SDN and NFV architecture control. Helium includes eleven new features and protocols, all of which originate with the network infrastructure vendor community.

SDN and NFV are supremely important to the "new IP" networks of the near future and open source is now accepted as being the most sensible and viable route to the adoption of the new technologies. It is also vital to fostering the interoperability which will be the catalyst to widespread deployments of SDN and NFV solutions.

According to the OpenDaylight Project (which is managed by the Linux Foundation) Helium’s integration of multi-vendor protocols, applications and technologies make it the most flexible and interoperable platform currently available.

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