NoviFlow is on the path toward more innovation with the OpenFlow communications protocol that allows it to provide networking switches and software switches to its enterprise customers. The next step in its development comes by way of software-defined networking (SDN).

The company has proposed a novel SDN proof of concept to the Center of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), a Canada-based group that seeks to push forward the commercialization of such products. CENGN has accepted the proof of concept which will allow NoviFlow to gain international exposure and will give the project an infrastructure on which to demonstrate real-world network operations.

Dominique Jodoin, the president and CEO of NoviFlow, spoke to that point in his company’s recent announcement:

“This project will be a major showcase of Canadian innovation in networking technology,” Jodoin said. “Hosting this project at CENGN will provide NoviFlow with international visibility as well as make available to us all the infrastructure elements needed to convincingly demonstrate complex SDN solutions in a realistic network environment.”

NoviFlow has only been a company for about three years, but in that time, it has made a name for itself by creating standalone network switches and developing switching software that its clients can use with other vendors’ hardware. Although it operates out of Montreal, it has an international presence already in the regions of Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. This help from CENGN will be able to show distinct enterprises the power of its proof of concept in those areas.

The new SDN model will work by showing that OpenFlow can handle an IP-based network with greater efficiency and speed. The primary concept is the linking of two Layer 2 VPNs through OpenFlow and then hopefully achieve faster packet forwarding and better integration with other network elements such as firewalls, content filters, and other services that can run as network functions.

CENGN remarked that it was excited to see the performance boosts that the proof of concept could provide. Enterprises, telecoms, and data center operators should also keep an eye open for the potential that this new technology could soon bring to market.