LFN to build har­mony be­tween open source and open stan­dards

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iconec­tiv has joined a new open source net­work­ing ini­tia­tive cre­ated by The Linux Foun­da­tion called LF Net­work­ing Fund (LFN). The fo­cus of LFN is to in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion and op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence across net­work­ing projects, in­clud­ing Open Plat­form for NFV (OPNFV). This will help de­liver a new gen­er­a­tion of ser­vices.

“The move to hy­brid net­works that com­bine phys­i­cal as­sets with vir­tual func­tions prom­ises en­hanced op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies and speed-to-mar­ket for new kinds of ser­vices for cus­tomers glob­ally.

The Linux Foun­da­tion un­der­stands that the suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion of these two worlds will re­quire the col­lab­o­ra­tion of net­work ar­chi­tects and op­er­a­tors. We in­tend to of­fer our in­ti­mate knowl­edge of in­ter­con­nec­tion as well as net­work and op­er­a­tions man­age­ment to help en­sure the full roll­out and adop­tion of hy­brid net­works,” said Alex Berry, ex­ec­u­tive VP, In­for­ma­tion So­lu­tions, iconec­tiv.

Through a cross-col­lab­o­ra­tion ini­tia­tive, LFN, backed by the Linux Foun­da­tion, has brought to­gether 100+ mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions from across the globe. These or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clude net­work­ing and en­ter­prise ven­dors, sys­tems in­te­gra­tors and cloud providers. They are work­ing across nine of the top ten open source net­work­ing projects, and are fo­cused on all as­pects of the net­work stack, in­clud­ing NFV (net­work func­tions vir­tu­al­i­sa­tion), SDN, data IO speed, au­to­ma­tion, or­ches­tra­tion, and pre­dic­tive net­work an­a­lyt­ics. The foun­da­tion ex­pects that through LFN, they will be able to cre­ate har­mony be­tween open source and open stan­dards.

“NFV is an im­por­tant, highly com­plex and con­stantly evolv­ing ini­tia­tive for the in­dus­try. An open source NFV ecosys­tem de­vel­oped by the world’s lead­ing tele­com ex­perts, that in­te­grates across the stack, ben­e­fits the en­tire in­dus­try,” said Ar­pit Jo­shipura, gen­eral man­ager, net­work­ing, The Linux Foun­da­tion.

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