ONF Creates Development Community Around SDN
The consortium is looking to boost the development of open software in hopes of driving the commercial adoption of SDN.The Open Networking Foundation, one of several industry consortiums looking to drive commercial adoption of software-defined networking through open-source efforts, is creating a development community around the effort as well as a code repository. The organization announced the creation of Open Source SDN and its Website Feb. 18, with officials saying the move was made to fuel the commercialization of open-source software as a way of furthering its own work around software-defined networking. "We see open source software as a key route to developing de facto standards and fostering multi-vendor interoperability, both of which are top priorities for ONF," Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation, said in a statement. "Our work in open source software development will continue to be complementary to both our own specifications work and the open source work done by other organizations and we look forward to continued collaboration." Along with the new Website and development community, the ONF also created the Software Leadership Council (SLC) to oversee the governance of the new group. Included on the council are representatives from such industry vendors as Cisco Systems, Big Switch Networks and VMware, as well as the ONF. Stuart Bailey, founder and CTO of Infoblox, will chair the group.
In a blog post that appeared on both the ONF and Open Source SDN sites, Bailey said the ONF, which was created in 2011 by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Deutsche Telecom, was past due in launching a community of developers that will create open-source software solutions for organizations leveraging SDN and build upon the protocols—such as OpenFlow—that the ONF has already built. He said the new Website will help fuel collaboration, bring projects together and enable members to track the development of projects.