Linux Foundation Grows Networking with Open-O Project

There was a time when the Linux Foundation was just about the Linux operating system. Those days are now long past. The Linux Foundation today leads a growing list of collaborative projects leveraging the open-source model to build technologies.

At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona yesterday, the Linux Foundation announced its latest effort, dubbed Open-O, which aims to be an Open Orchestrator for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Among the participants in the Open-O efforts are China Mobile, Huawei, Brocade, China Telecom, DynaTrace, Ericsson, F5 Networks, GigaSpaces, Infoblox, Intel, KT, Red Hat, Raisecom, Riverbed and ZTE.

The Open-O project focuses on building an open-source orchestration framework to help enable SDN and NFV use in areas where proprietary operational support systems (OSS) were a barrier to entry.

The Open-O effort isn’t the Linux Foundation’s first foray into the world of open networking technologies. The Linux Foundation also leads the OpenDaylight SDN project, which had a major platform release this week. The OPNFV project for NFV is also led by the Linux Foundation. Additionally, the Linux Foundation now helps run the ONOS open networking project.

“OPEN-O will work closely with ONOS, ODL and OPNFV, among other open source efforts, to ensure end to end service orchestration continuity,” a Linux Foundation spokesperson told Enterprise Networking Planet.

From a technology perspective, Open-O isn’t starting from scratch, either. The spokesperson noted that China Mobile is expected to contribute its MANO platform. Huawei is expected to contribute its SDN Orchestrator.

“We’ll be able to confirm as the technical steering committee is formed and begins to review contributions,” the spokesperson commented.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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