Network Intelligence Pioneer Qosmos Joins the Open Networking Foundation

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Paris, France – October 29, 2012

Qosmos promotes the incorporation of Layer 4-7 visibility in OpenFlow, to make DPI and network intelligence a network-level function

Network Intelligence technology provider Qosmos ( today announced it has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow protocols. As a member of the consortium, and as a provider of next-generation Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technologies, Qosmos will contribute to ONF’s efforts and promote the adoption of network traffic intelligence beyond the current spec to incorporate Layers 4 through 7.  

As networks evolve towards virtual architectures, they will begin to be limited by a lack of traffic intelligence. It is not possible, for example, to design efficient traffic steering for service insertion or to make smart controller decisions if visibility remains restricted to L2-4. There is a clear need to extend traffic intelligence to layer 7 in order to use network resources more effectively and deploy smarter service implementations.
One of the key challenges is that there is currently no application awareness in some controllers or in vSwitches, which prevents them from making smart decisions. L4-7 DPI and metadata provide the much needed application awareness. As a specialist in L4-7 DPI, Qosmos aims to contribute to ONF’s activities by working to enrich OpenFlow so that it can carry extracted and computed metadata per flow between switch and controller.

“The promise SDN offers can never be realized without visibility at L4-7,” said Jérôme Tollet, CTO & Co-Founder of Qosmos. “Qosmos can provide crucial intelligence in the form of extensions to the existing OpenFlow protocol that could be used by all switches, controllers and applications. As a result, DPI would evolve from being an embedded product function to becoming a network function, consumed by multiple SDN elements and applications, enriching applications, increasing efficiencies, and lowering CAPEX and OPEX for carriers. Put simply, L4-7 intelligence is the catalyst to unleash the full potential of SDN.”

“Stronger definition of network behavior in software is a growing trend, and fine-grained flow classification leads to more concisely controlled behavior,” says Dan Pitt, executive director, Open Networking Foundation. “We are excited to be joined by so many leading global companies to help develop and implement advanced networking capabilities for today’s operators and enterprises.”

About Qosmos
Qosmos transforms networks into information sources and enables entirely new services and applications. The company specializes in Layer 4-7 Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and Network Intelligence (NI) technologies which recognize thousands of communication protocols and metadata attributes for the most accurate picture of real-time data activity on networks.

The company’s software and hardware probes are embedded by equipment makers, specialized vendors and cloud service providers into their offerings which are sold to telcos and enterprises to accelerate time to market and get continuous signature updates.

Qosmos’ technologies can be embedded inside all next-generation solutions where real-time L4-7 intelligence is critical, such as traffic optimization, policy management, Quality of Service, analytics, firewalls, cyber defense, and more. Qosmos can be used in all environments: physical, virtualized and in SDN architectures.
For more information:

Qosmos Media Contact    
Debby Stefaniak, Full Circle Communications
Phone: +1-609-721-1368 / Email: