Dell Wants Software-Defined Networking Standards Committee in OMG

Dell wants to see a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standards committee in the influential Object Management Group (OMG).

The first meeting of interested parties will take place next month. The SDN proposal comes as a result of the interest in network virtualization seen by hundreds of vendors, end-users, government agencies and other OMG members.

“Networks are the last bastion of unvirtualized computing infrastructure,� Richard Soley, chairman and CEO of OMG, explained in a statement carried by HealthTechZone.  “The growing interest in software-defined networks needs to be met as early as possible with flexible, transparent, powerful standards that help the industry grow rapidly and allow interoperable and portable solutions, and give customers real choice.�   

Major vendors, end users, government agencies and research institutions will contribute to the standard-setting process started by Dell.

“We are extremely excited to join OMG and further Dell’s commitment to open standards through our participation,� Tom Burns, general manager of Dell networking, said in the statement. “We have a history of working with open standards and open source groups including the OMG, Open Networking Foundation, the Open Compute Project, OpenStack and many others to enable ecosystem development and growth, and customer choice for IT and data center applications and technologies. These communities give customers value because contributions from member companies are advanced based on merit and openness of the contribution. We look forward to furthering that value with OMG, and with companies that join this new working group as OMG advances the SDN concept.�

OMG has been an open membership, not-for-profit computer consortium since 1989. Any organization can join OMG and take part in the democratic standards-setting process, the group said in an online statement.

There could be some industry controversy about the standard-setting process on SDN. The role of standard-setting groups, such as the Open Networking Forum (ONF), needs to be clarified, too, Network World reported.

“The politics of setting standards are always confusing and deeply technical,� added a report from All Things D. “But the fact that this process is getting under way at all is an interesting development around the whole SDN trend, and bears watching.�

Edited by Rachel Ramsey