Fremont, Calif.—February 26, 2019 –For 20 years, OIF has led the way for the optical network ecosystem – network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors – to collaborate, test and validate the interoperability of the electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry.
Through live interoperability demonstrations, Implementation Agreements (IAs), worldwide multi-vendor demonstrations, liaison relationships, technical meetings and much more, OIF’s dynamic membership of 100+ companies has brought about significant forward change in the industry.
From its groundbreaking interoperability work in coherent transmission and enabling optical subcomponents to today’s hottest industry topics – 400ZR, Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G and Flex Ethernet (FlexE) – OIF and its members’ work advances new technologies and industry interoperability. For more information on OIF’s work in these areas, visit the Hot Topics section of the website here.
“The benefits of OIF are immeasurable but obvious – OIF interoperability work improves network efficiency and performance, expands markets and sets the stage to enable new capabilities based on open, disaggregated networks,” said Jimmy Yu, vice president, Dell’Oro Group. “For the past 20 years, OIF has been a major contributor to maintaining a healthy optical ecosystem with their expertise and timely work in areas such as coherent DWDM transmission, transport SDN, and interoperability.”
“OIF’s role is timeless and its work is timely. Whether it was IAs from ten years ago or last year’s worldwide interoperability demo or our live interop demos coming up at OFC next week – OIF plays a critical part in the industry,” said Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity and OIF president. “We look forward to future advancements and continuing our great work addressing technology interoperability gaps and solving technical challenges to move the industry forward.”
Today, OIF continues to lead interoperability efforts in the industry’s hottest areas including a live interop demo at OFC 2019 (5-7 March in San Diego), three new IAs and the initiation of two new projects:
· At OFC next week, OIF member companies will collaborate to lead interactive interoperability demonstrations of CEI-112G, FlexE and 400ZR solutions that are vital to the global network.
· In December 2018, OIF announced its new FlexE 2.1 project, continuing OIF’s lead in FlexE aggregation architectures by keeping current with industry PHY rates. The new FlexE 2.1 project is for FlexE over 50GbE PHY applications and an extension to the recently released FlexE 2.0 IA.
· Reinforcing its work to speed the implementation and commercialization of SDN, OIF announced the launch of its newest project in November — “Requirements for Integrated Packet Optical SDN.” The project outlines requirements for a multi-layer SDN reference architecture as a use case for packet optical transport networks.
· In October, OIF announced three IAs aimed at expanded interoperability of Flex Ethernet and increased data rates. The completed IAs—FlexE 2.0, FlexE Neighbor Discovery and Common ACO Electrical I/O—reinforce OIF’s work to provide the industry with solutions for flexible deployment and provisioning of network bandwidth.
Check the status of OIF’s current work here.
In recognition of 20 years of accomplishments and continued market impact, OIF refreshed its logo to reflect its timeless, no-nonsense, authoritative role in the industry.
Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is where the optical networking industry’s interoperability work gets done. Celebrating 20 years of effecting progressive change in the industry, OIF represents the dynamic ecosystem of 100+ industry leading network operators, system vendors, component vendors and test equipment vendors, all collaborating to develop interoperable electrical, optical and control solutions that directly impact the industry’s ecosystem and facilitate global connectivity in the open network world. Connect with OIF at @OIForum, on LinkedIn and at https://www.oiforum.com.
Wilkinson + Associates for OIF