Open Networking Foundation

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a non-profit operator-led consortium.[1] It uses an open source business model aimed at promoting networking through software-defined networking (SDN) and standardizing the OpenFlow protocol and related technologies.[2] The standards-setting and SDN-promotion group was formed out of recognition that cloud computing will blur the distinctions between computers and networks.[3] The initiative was meant to speed innovation through simple software changes in telecommunications networks, wireless networks, data centers and other networking areas.[4]

Open Networking Foundation
FormationMarch 21, 2011 (2011-03-21)
Type501(c)(6) NPO
PurposeOpen Source networking software and Software Defined Standards Edit this at Wikidata

By June 2020, the ONF grew to over 200 member companies. Member companies include networking-equipment vendors, semiconductor companies, computer companies, software companies, telecom service providers, hyperscale data-center operators, and enterprise users.

Current ONF Projects address major components of the carrier, cloud and enterprise mobile networks.[5]

Google's adoption of OpenFlow software was discussed by Urs Hölzle at a trade show promoting OpenFlow in April, 2012.[6][7] Hölzle is the chairman ONF's board of directors, serving on the board along with representatives of the other five founding board members plus NTT Communications and Goldman Sachs. Stanford University professor Nick McKeown and U.C. Berkeley professor Scott Shenker also serve on the board as founding directors representing themselves.[8]

The ONF launched a continuous certification program for products and equipment in the telecom and networking space. As part of certification, the Open Compute Project (OCP) is collaborating with ONF in this new program to promote the use of OCP-recognized open hardware in ONF solutions.

In 2017 the ONF completed its merger with the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab).[9] The resulting entity retained the ONF name in 2017.[10]

In 2018 the ONF established its Technical Leadership Team (TLT).

In 2019 the ONF announced the public release of three Reference Designs (RDs): SEBA, Trellis and ODTN.[11]

In 2019, the ONF announced that it had combined with and would be the host for all activities and working groups related to the development of the P4 programming language moving forward.[12]

In 2020 T-Mobile Poland Announced with the ONF that it had achieved production roll-out of OMEC, the ONF's Open Source Mobile Evolved Packet Core [13]

In 2020 the Open Networking Foundation announced the release of Aether, the first open source platform for 5G, LTE and edge as a cloud services.[14]

In 2021 the Open Networking Foundation announced its SD Core project addressing the 5G Open RAN [1]

In 2021, the Open Networking Foundation announced its SD Fabric project addressing Hybrid and Edge cloud.[15]

In 2021, the Open Networking Foundation spun out Ananki as a for-profit sister organization to commercialize Aether as a Private 5G service for Industry 4.0 transformation.[16]

In 2022, the Open Networking Foundation announced its SD RAN™ project was fully released to open source.[17]

In 2022, the Open Networking Foundation announced its Aether™ private 5G project was fully released to open source.[18]

In 2023, ONF launched the Sustainable Mobile and RAN Transformation (SMaRT) 5G project which is focused on developing, demonstrating and open sourcing ML-driven, intelligent energy savings solutions for mobile networks. Initial collaborators include Intel, META/TIP, Rimedo Labs and Rutgers WINLAB. More participants are invited to join this community effort. [19]

In December 2023, ONF announced it has merged with the Linux Foundation (LF). [20]

References edit

  1. ^ "Member Listing".
  2. ^ "Open Networking Foundation Formed to Speed Network Innovation". Press release. Open Networking Foundation. March 21, 2011. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  3. ^ John Markoff (March 22, 2011). "Open Networking Foundation Pursues New Standards". New York Times. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  4. ^ ComputerWorld: “Google and other titans form Open Networking Foundation.” Noyes, March 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "2020 State of the ONF". 6 February 2020.
  6. ^ Levy, Steven, "Going With the Flow: Google’s Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking", Wired, April 17, 2012. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  7. ^ "April 2012 Open Networking Summit". April 17, 2012. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  8. ^ ONF overview, ONF webpage. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  9. ^ "Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab to Merge to Accelerate Adoption of SDN - Open Networking Foundation". Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  10. ^ "Open Networking Foundation Unveils New Open Innovation Pipeline to Transform Open Networking". Press release. Linux Foundation. February 14, 2017. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "ONF Releases First Reference Designs". Press release. ONF. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  12. ^ "The ONF and P4.Org Complete Combination to Accelerate Innovation in Operator-Led Open Source" (Press release). Open Networking Foundation. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  13. ^ "ONF". Press release. T-Mobile Poland Achieves Production Roll-out of OMEC Open Source Mobile Evolved Packet Core. March 3, 2020. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "ONF". Press release. ONF unveils Aether, the first open source platform for 5G, LTE and edge as a cloud services. January 8, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "ONF Announces New SD-Fabric™ Project, an Open Source, Full Stack Programmable Network Fabric for Hybrid Cloud, Edge Cloud, 5G and Industrial IoT". Open Networking Foundation. June 24, 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  16. ^ Barton, Denise (2021-09-27). "ONF Announces Formation of Ananki, A New Company Delivering Commercial Private 5G Service Based on ONF Open Source". Open Networking Foundation. Retrieved 2023-12-18.
  17. ^ ""ONF's SD-RAN™ Now Fully Release to Open Source"". Open Networking Foundation.
  18. ^ ""ONF's Leading Private 5G Connected Edge Platform Aether™ Now Released to Open Source"". Open Networking Foundation.
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