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Lumina Networks: Embracing The Ethos Of Catalyst

CIO VendorAndrew Coward, CEO
There are so many questions, and Lumina may have the answer when it comes to creating a future with open source solutions. Lumina is developing a suite of open source networking products and NetDev Services to deliver production systems jointly and to transfer networking know-how in Agile Software Development methods. The underlying belief is that open software networks are going to dominate the future, where organizations use business logic to define their development, not the other way around.

With the traditional approach of going for a single vendor who provides all the components, there is unnecessary time and money loss, and words such as legacy software and hardware start haunting the customers. The network itself resists virtualization and automation. To add to the woes, providers are not ready to embrace change or are slow to adapt to it. Understanding this, many in the networking community are experimenting with the idea of building software networks out of open components. And the thought propelling these experiments is quite simple--a software network built with open source, where the possibility to change vendors is a possibility, will instigate vendors to work extremely hard on the customer's behalf--to stay on top of their game.

Working with customers to as the harbingers of change, "one small advance in capability, one shift in mindset, one step at a time", Lumina Networks works with a set of principles that guides them to their “true north”. Lumina's team does not work with community code or proprietary extensions that create lock-in. Instead, they develop platforms to solve industry problems, network products as swappable components among others. Lumina Networks prioritizes DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering movements, operations and support teams and their requirements in the design and development process and open business relationships.
The Lumina SDN Controller

Lumina has engineered a solution which is the first commercial controller built directly from OpenDaylight code without any proprietary plugins or platform dependencies. Named as the Lumina SDN Controller, it gives providers direct control over their SDN development and implementation helping them to eliminate lock-in. The other optional controller-based applications enable deployment of specific use cases, including SD-Core, Zero-Touch Installation and Brownfield Adaption.

The firm's expertise and willingness to work spreads out across open source to Lumina products and sometimes even products from competitors. Together with customers, Lumina turns the deployment of SDN, NFV, automation, disaggregated networking, DevOps, NetOps and more into a possibility.

The cherry on the cake is that Lumina's methodologies enable the customers to become self-sufficient in developing and managing their new open source platforms. Lumina transfers the skills, tools, and practices needed for the lifetime of the platform-- by apprenticeship-style training of new skills; setting up the tools in the provider’s environment and teaching the methods required to best use them.

The NoviFlow Collaboration

Recently, Lumina partnered with NoviFlow at Mobile World Congress to demo the world’s first SD-Core networking solution in a use case that involved the siphoning of select classes of traffic to the newer, higher performance network.

“It is rare that a new solution is simultaneously lower cost, higher-performance and ready for production, so working with NoviFlow to evolve the core of our MPLS customers’ networks is a real demonstration of the power of SDN used with white box technology. We are delighted to showcase this solution at Mobile World Congress,” says Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks.

With such "industry firsts," Lumina will continue to bring open software networking out of the lab and into the live network, solving real problems for real customers more aggressively.