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NEC's strengths and SDN initiatives

NEC can respond quickly to the changing needs of our customers through our state-of-the-art Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technologies, SDN research, pioneering SDN products, experience and expertise in implementing and verifying SDN technologies, as well as our position as a world-class IT and network solution provider.

We are the first company in the world to offer SDN products, and we have succeeded in implementing a large number of SDN solutions.

NEC has been aware of the possibilities of SDN since the beginning. We were one of the original members of Stanford University's Clean Slate Program when it was established in January 2008. This program became the launchpad for the development of SDN architecture and the OpenFlow protocol(*). NEC subsequently became the world's first vendor to market SDN products. More than 100 customers are already using our SDN solutions.

  • (*)OpenFlow: A standard protocol upon which SDN is based.

ProgrammableFlow is a network technology based on the OpenFlow protocol

ProgrammableFlow is a network technology incorporating NEC’s validated architecture and industry best practices honed over many years.

UNIVERGE PF Series, the world’s first SDN product

Photo: Controller (left) and switch (right)Controller (left) and switch (right)

More and more companies are implementing and verifying NEC's SDN products.

We not only conduct verification tests; we also provide our customers with the know-how we have honed by operating customer networks. It is this know-how that makes our products and solutions so strong.

Examples of SDN solution implementation and verification tests

  • The Nishihara-cho government, Okinawa Prefecture
  • West Nippon Expressway Company Limited
  • NS Solutions Corporation
  • East Japan Railway Company
  • TV Asahi Corporation
  • Nippon Jimuki Co., Ltd.
  • Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd.
  • Stanford University (USA)
  • Telefónica (Spain)
  • Portugal Telecom (Portugal)
  • Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (Myanmar)
  • Cricket Communications (USA)

Creating a rich lineup of SDN solutions that leverage our comprehensive IT and networking solution capabilities

NEC is one of the few companies in the world that has world-class technological capabilities and experience as a system provider in both the IT and network fields.
Our world-beating technological strength, know-how, and human resources have been honed over many years of constructing large-scale systems and networks for companies and telecom carriers in many different business fields, both in Japan and around the world. These strengths set us apart from our competitors because we not only offer infrastructure building expertise, but also provide SDN solutions that fuse advanced IT and network technologies. This allows us to create innovative solutions for a wide range of customers, from corporations and government agencies to data center operators and telecom carriers. NEC's state-of-the-art solutions help our customers overcome existing challenges and create new business opportunities.

Technology and know-how nurtured through participation from the very beginning

In January 2008, NEC joined Stanford University's Clean Slate Program, which was the launchpad for development of the SDN architecture and OpenFlow protocol. Our proactive work in the SDN field from the very beginning led to our being the first company in the world to release SDN products.

Exchanging ideas with industry peers through active participation in international standardization activities

NEC actively participates in the ONF (Open Network Foundation) and a wide range of other standardization organizations, as well as OpenFlow communities, to further contribute to the research and development of SDN.
We not only develop and offer products that meet state-of-the-art specifications, but also participate in these standardization activities to help popularize SDN. These activities, in turn, will help us achieve our goal of building a society where people can communicate freely, securely, and safely, anywhere and anytime.

Organization name Launch/purpose NEC's role
Logo: Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
Open Networking Foundation (ONF)
  • The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) was launched in March 2011 by Deutsche Telekom AG, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, Yahoo and others. As of May 2013, there are 93 member companies.
  • Setting standard specifications for OpenFlow
  • NEC has participated since joining ONF's predecessor, the Open Network Consortium.
  • NEC's roles have included vice chairmanship of the architecture WG and the config WG.
Logo: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • The Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) group was launched in October 2012 by the world's 13 major telecom carriers as a sub-group of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
  • Promoting the achievement of high-end network equipment performance on general-purpose servers.
  • NEC has participated in the organization since its launch.
  • NEC's roles include vice chairmanship of the reliability WG, orchestration WG, and editor in the software WG.
Logo: OpenDaylight Project
OpenDaylight Project
  • The OpenDaylight Project is an open source project for SDN controllers, launched by 18 major network vendors in April 2013.
  • Participating vendors donate their SDN-related codes to the project to promote SDN frameworks.
  • Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) models, which enable users to create and manage multi-tenant virtual networks, are provided as applications.
Logo: Open Networking Research Center (ONRC)
Open Networking Research Center (ONRC)
  • The Open Networking Research Center (ONRC) was launched in April 2012 by research organizations including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
  • The research center leads SDN research and development, and develops software that realizes SDN.
  • NEC has participated in ONRC since its launch.
  • NEC's roles include the participation in joint research projects to develop SDN product technologies.

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