Cisco, SK Telecom Join ONOS SDN Effort
ON.Lab is developing the open networking OS to enable carriers and service providers to make the move to SDN.Cisco Systems and SK Telecom are joining the effort kicked off last year by the Open Networking Lab to develop an open operating system for software-defined networks aimed at service providers and carriers for their mission-critical networks. Cisco, the world's largest networking vendor, and SK Telecom, the largest telecommunications company in South Korea, join the founding members of the ONOS effort, including AT&T, Ciena, Google, Ericsson, Intel and Huawei. ON.Lab is developing the open-source Network Operating System (ONOS) for software-defined networking (SDN), a carrier grade network OS that is designed to offer high availability, scalability and high performance for service provider networks. The group issued the open-source release of ONOS in December, and since that time, the operating system has been downloaded worldwide more than 1,000 times. "The successful launch of ONOS marks an important milestone in the ongoing transformation of the network infrastructure with SDN," ON.Lab Executive Director Guru Parulkar said in a statement. "Adding Cisco and SK Telecom as contributing partners significantly strengthens the ONOS community and drives our ongoing mission to bring openness and innovation to the Internet and Cloud for the public good."
The nonprofit ON.Lab, which was created by researchers from Stanford and the University of California Berkeley who helped initially develop SDN technology, announced the ONOS project in November, a month before the operating system become available for download. The ONOS effort, which also includes NTT Communications, Docomo and the National Science Foundation, joins other consortiums—like the OpenDaylight Project and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), which also are looking to develop open SDN platforms that vendors can leverage.