A Q&A with the Chair of the Open Networking Foundation's Migration Group

For an inside look at the goals, expectations and plans of the ONF's recently created Migration Group and how it hopes to help companies make the transition to SDN, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up via e-mail with the chair of the group, Justin Joubine Dustzadeh, CTO & VP of Technology Strategy, Networks, Huawei.

By John Dix
Mon, December 02, 2013

Network World — For an inside look at the goals, expectations and plans of the ONF's recently created Migration Group and how it hopes to help companies make the transition to SDN, Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up via e-mail with the chair of the group, Justin Joubine Dustzadeh, CTO & VP of Technology Strategy, Networks, Huawei.

When was the ONF Migration Group formed and what is the goal?

The ONF Migration Working Group was formed in April of 2013 with the main goal of producing methods for migrating network services from a traditional network, such as a data center network or wide area network, to an OpenFlow-based software defined network. Our initial focus has been to examine real-world software-defined networking (SDN) migration use cases, gather best practices and make recommendations on migration methods, tools and systems. Our broader objective is to help the network industry accelerate the adoption of open SDN.

How did you get involved?

Open, standards-based SDN is a key component of Huawei's SoftCOM vision for the evolution of carrier and data center networks. Huawei has been a strong advocate and supporter of OpenFlow since the early days and we have been contributing to various activities within the Open Networking Foundation. As part of my day job as Huawei Networking CTO and VP of Technology Strategy, I often interact with customers to discuss their network evolution vision (including SDN) and migration plans. One frequently asked question is about the feasibility of a full transition from existing networks and systems to an OpenFlowbased SDN environment. This question can be particularly relevant in wide area networks due to the greater complexity and potentially more significant infrastructure investment required. Because of my previous operator background (both in the U.S. and France) and my experience with network transformations, I volunteered to help when the ONF leadership team decided to create the Migration Working Group. It has been a great experience.

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Where do you stand putting the group together?

The group has been pretty active and the level of interest seems to be steadily growing. We have active members representing network users and operators in U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as folks from the vendor community. There has been a great amount of valuable contributions from operators in particular. I am optimistic about the future of the group and what we can deliver over the coming months.

What are the milestones you are shooting for and the timing for those?

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