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March 18, 2013

RAD’s CTO to Challenge SDN’s Positioning in Service Provider Networks in Opening Day Presentation at Ethernet/MPLS World Congress

RAD Data Communications’ Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Yaakov Stein, will deliver what promises to be a controversial view on the positioning of Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the service provider environment, at the 15th annual Ethernet/MPLS World Congress in Paris.

In a presentation entitled QoSDN: QoS Assured Networks Versus SDN, Dr. Stein will address SDN’s role in carrier networks, as opposed to its application to campus and Data Center scenarios. He will examine SDN’s premise as a disruptive architecture for communications and offer some caveats about SDN’s ability to ensure required capabilities for secure carrier-grade network infrastructure.

“Given all the hype about SDN, I believe that we need to take a close look at the technologies being proposed,” says Dr. Stein. “If SDN is merely yet another centralized management system, then its standardization may be a good idea, but it can hardly be considered novel. What is the impact of shunning distributed protocols? Is SDN able to give service providers the tools they need to deliver QoS-assured service and to deliver it profitably? Will SDN significantly impact the way service providers operate?”

Dr. Stein’s presentation takes place at 17:30 on Wednesday, March 20 and will be followed by the panel session If We Don't Have a Definition of What it Is, What Isn't SDN?, in which he will be one of the prominent panelists.

The Ethernet/MPLS World Congress will be held in parallel with the SDN Summit 2013 at the Hotel Marriott Rive Gauche in the French capital. In addition, RAD Data Communications will be exhibiting its Service Assured Access solutions during the three-day long event, from March 20-22, at Stand 303.

About RAD

RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers, as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD’s multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. RAD customers include operators and service providers such as Bharti Airtel, British Telecom, CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, KPN, SoftBank, Telefónica, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telus, Verizon, and Vodafone. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the Broadband Forum, IETF, ITU, MEF, and NFV ISG.

RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.

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Bob Eliaz
Media Relations Manager

RAD Data Communications
24 Raoul Wallenberg St.
Tel Aviv 69719, Israel
Tel: +972-3-6458134
Fax: +972-3-6498250

Dr. Yaakov (Jonathan) Stein
RAD’s Chief Technology Officer