Linux Foundation Creates New Umbrella LF Networking Fund for Open-Source Networking Projects

New group will provide overall governance, marketing and some shared infrastructure to some of the most popular open-source networking projects currently in use.

 By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Jan 23, 2018
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On Jan. 23, the Linux Foundation announced a broad restructuring effort for its networking projects that will see a new grouping known as the LF Networking Fund (LFN) emerge as the top-level organization.

The first networking project at the Linux Foundation, the OpenDaylight Project, was announced back in April 2013. It was the first of many networking projects that are now hosted at the Linux Foundation, including OPNFV, FD.io, CORD, ONAP, PNDA, SNAS.IO, OvS, DPDK and Open Switch.

The LF Networking fund is an effort to enable cross-project collaboration, while improving the overall efficiency of the networking projects by providing shared infrastructure and top-level governance.

"LF Network does the governance integration of projects but it leaves the technical independence of each project alone," Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at The Linux Foundation, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet.

Joshipura said that over the last five years, networking projects at the Linux Foundation have all tended to be standalone and somewhat siloed. He added that the membership of the various project have increasingly asked for cross-architecture collaboration as there are benefits to be had across the various projects.

"The LF Networking platform is an umbrella project to increase cross-project efficiencies and synergy, which will lead to a faster path to adoption for end users," Joshipura said.

The initial six projects that will be part of the LFN are OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV, FD.IO, pnda and SNAS.io. Other Linux Foundation networking Linux Foundation Networking Fund Governanceprojects are likely to join the effort as it matures in the months ahead. The LFN has 28 founding platinum members that will now make up the new governing board. The platinum members are: Amdocs, ARM, AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Cloudify, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper, Lenovo, NEC, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Jio, Samsung, Suse, Tech Mahindra, Turk Telekom, Verizon, VMware, vodafone and ZTE.

Governance

Each Linux Foundation networking project has its own governing and technical boards. Under the LFN model there is now a single common LF Networking Governing board, a Technical Advisory Council (TAC) and a Marketing Advisory Council (MAC). Each project will continue to have its' own Technical Steering Committee (TSC).

Joshipura said that the governing board has a good mix of vendors, system integrators and end users, and it isn't dominated by any one group.

"The individual governing boards for networking projects in LFN disappear, and the new governing board now consists of a super-set founding platinum members," Joshipura said.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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