Linux Foundation Continues Networking Project Expansion

The days when the Linux Foundation was only focused on Linux as an operating system are now long in the past. In recent years, the Linux Foundation has expanded its Collaborative Projects effort to include a growing list of open-source networking efforts, the most recent one being the Open Security Controller Project.

The Linux Foundation already is the home to several Software Defined Networking (SDN) efforts, including OpenDaylight, which developed an open-source controller platform.

The goal of the new Open Security Controller (OSC) Project is to foster the development of technology that enables the automated deployment of virtualized network security functions, including firewall, intrusion prevention systems and application data controllers.

The Open Controller project also provides a centralized coordination capability for security policies across multiple cloud environments.

“OSC enables fully automated provisioning, de-provisioning, distribution and delivery of security inside the perimeter of the network for virtualized security functions such as virtual Next Gen Firewalls (vNGFW), virtualized IPS (vIPS), virtualized Web App Firewalls (vWAF) and virtualized Application Delivery Controllers (vADC) from multiple vendors,” the project documentation states.

The effort is being initially backed by founding members, Huawei, Intel, McAfee, Nuage Networks from Nokia, and Palo Alto Networks.

“Software-defined networks are becoming a standard for businesses, and open source networking projects are a key element in helping the transition, and pushing for a more automated network” Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking and Orchestration at The Linux Foundation, said in a statement. “Equally important to automation in the open source community is ensuring security. The Open Security Controller Project touches both of these areas. “

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

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