At the recent Open Networking Summit, the SDN/NFV community convened in Santa Clara to share, learn, collaborate, and network about one of the most pervasive industry transformations of our time.

This year’s theme at ONS was “Harmonize, Harness, and Consume,” representing a significant turning point as network operators spanning telecommunications, cable, enterprise, cloud, and the research community renew their efforts to redefine the network architecture.

Widespread new technology adoption takes years to succeed, and requires close collaboration among those producing network technology and those consuming it. Traditionally, standards development organizations (SDOs) have played a critical role in offering a forum for discussion and debate, and well-established processes for systematically standardizing and verifying new technologies.

Introduction of largely software (vs. hardware) functionality necessitates a rethinking of the conventional technology adoption lifecycle. In a software driven world, it is infeasible to define a priori complex reference architectures and software platforms without a more iterative approach. As a result, industry has been increasingly turning to open source communities for implementation expertise and feedback.

In this new world order, closer collaboration among the SDOs, industry groups, and open source projects is needed to capitalize upon each constituent’s strengths:

  • SDOs provide operational expertise and well-defined processes for technology definition, standardization, and validation
  • Industry groups offer innovative partnerships between network operators and their vendors to establish open reference architectures that are guiding the future of the industry
  • Open source projects provide technology development expertise and infrastructure that are guided by end-user use cases, priorities, and requirements

Traditionally each of these groups operates relatively autonomously, liaising formally and informally primarily for knowledge sharing.

Moving ahead, close coordination is essential to better align individual organizations objectives, priorities, and plans. SDN/NFV are far too pervasive for any single group to own or drive. As a result, the goal is to capitalize upon the unique strengths of each to accelerate technology adoption.

It is in the spirit of such harmonization that The Linux Foundation is pleased to unveil an industry-wide call to action to achieve this goal.

As a first step, we are issuing a white paper, “Harmonizing Open Source and Standards in the Telecom World,” to outline the key concepts, and invite an unprecedented collaboration among the SDOs, open source projects, and industry groups that each play a vital role in the establishment of a sustainable ecosystem which is essential for success.

The introduction of The Linux Foundation Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) is a tangible step in the direction of harmonization, not only merging OPEN-O and the open source ECOMP communities, but also establishing a platform that by its nature as an orchestration and automation platform, must inherently integrate with a diverse set of standards, open source projects, and reference architectures.

We invite all in the community to participate in the process, in a neutral environment, where the incentives for all are to work together vs. pursue their own paths.

Join us to usher in a new era of collaboration and convergence to reshape the future.

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Organizations from around the world demonstrate commitment to open source development practices with investment in shared technologies

SAN FRANCISCO – April 27, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced that 28 new organizations have joined the Foundation as Silver members. Linux Foundation members help support development of the greatest shared technology resources in history, while accelerating their own innovation through open source leadership and participation.

With the support of its members, The Linux Foundation hosts open source projects across technologies including networking, security, cloud, blockchain and more. This collaborative development model is helping technology advance at a rapid pace in a way that benefits individuals and organizations around the world.

“The expanding dedication to open source principles continues to impress all of us at The Linux Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “These new members reflect that, and we are pleased to have them help us further advance the community.”

In addition to joining the Foundation, many of these new members have joined Linux Foundation projects such as Automotive Grade Linux, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, DPDK, EdgeX Foundry, Hyperledger, Open Container Initiative, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and Open API Initiative. For a full list of members, visit

New members include:

  • 6WIND creates networking software to help solve performance and time-to-market challenges for OEMs and network builders.
  • BBVA is the second largest bank in Spain.
  • Beechwoods Software provides software products and services to businesses and OEMs developing embedded and resource-limited products.
  • Dataman (Beijing Digital Technology Co., Ltd.) is a developer of open source cloud computing technologies.
  • China Jiangsu Huaxin Blockchain Research was established in 2016 to carry out Blockchain research and application development.
  • Ciena is a network strategy and technology company.
  • ClearBlade is a developer-focused Industrial IoT Application Enablement Platform for building secure IoT solutions integrated enterprise IoT.
  • CollectorIQ is an online platform helping collectors and their advisors better track, analyze and trade holdings of fine art and collectibles.
  • Consensus Base is a Blockchain specialist company providing advisory services, consulting, development and training.
  • Cumulocity is an Internet of Things (IoT) software platform provider.
  • Hangzhou HarmonyCloud is a container-based cloud platform provider focused on building enterprise PaaS platforms on open source projects like Kubernetes.
  • Korea Exchange is the sole securities exchange operator in South Korea.
  • NDS Corporation (Korea) is the IT service specialist affiliate of Nongshim Group.
  • New H3C Technologies is a Hangzhou-based information technology solution provider.
  • Nexius combines technology services, software (big data analytics), and network engineering and deployment to provide clients with full network lifecycle expertise.
  • Orange SA is a French multinational telecommunications corporation.
  • QAware analyzes, renovates, invents and implements software systems.
  • Reliance Jio is the largest LTE mobile network operator in India.
  • Savvi produces tools and interfaces that enable customers to extract real value from their data.
  • SecureKey is a leading identity and authentication provider that simplifies consumer access to online services and applications.
  • Shenzhen Forms Syntron is a professional IT outsourcing business serving large commercial banks in China.
  • Sight Machine is used by companies to make better, faster decisions about their manufacturing operations.
  • Software AG offers an end-to-end Digital Business Platform, based on open standards, with integration, process management, in-memory data, adaptive application development, real-time analytics and enterprise architecture management.
  • Solinea partners with global enterprises to help them achieve their agile, secure, and transformational objectives through the intelligent adoption of strategic cloud solutions.
  • TenxCloud is a cloud computing company offering a Kubernetes-based enterprise cloud platform.
  • Tradeix is a FinTech platform that is transforming the trade finance sector for the benefit of all market participants.
  • V5 Systems is a pioneer in self-powered computing and security platforms for the outdoors.
  • VoiceBox Technologies creates voice applications based on patented, award-winning natural language technology.

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HANNOVER (HANNOVER MESSE) AND SAN FRANCISCO – April 24, 2017 – The Linux Foundation today announced the launch of EdgeX Foundry, an open source project to build a common open framework for Internet of Things (IoT) edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates enterprise and Industrial IoT. The initiative is aligned around a common goal: the simplification and standardization of Industrial IoT edge computing, while still allowing the ecosystem to add significant value.

IoT is delivering significant business value by improving efficiencies and increasing revenue through automation and analytics, but widespread fragmentation and the lack of a common IoT solution framework are hindering broad adoption and stalling market growth. The complexity of the current landscape and the wide variety of components creates paralysis. EdgeX solves this by making it easy to quickly create IoT edge solutions that have the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.

“Success in Internet of Things is dependent on having a healthy ecosystem that can deliver interoperability and drive digital transformation,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “EdgeX Foundry is aligning market leaders around a common framework, which will drive IoT adoption and enable businesses to focus on developing innovative use cases that impact the bottom line.”

Unifying the IoT Market

EdgeX Foundry is unifying the marketplace around a common open framework and building an ecosystem of companies offering interoperable plug-and-play components. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX can quickly and easily deliver interoperability between connected devices, applications, and services, across a wide range of use cases. Interoperability between community-developed software will be maintained through a certification program.

Dell is seeding EdgeX Foundry with its FUSE source code base under Apache 2.0. The contribution consists of more than a dozen microservices and over 125,000 lines of code and was architected with feedback from hundreds of technology providers and end users to facilitate interoperability between existing connectivity standards and commercial value-add such as edge analytics, security, system management and services. This is complemented by the recent merger of the IoTX project into the EdgeX effort, which was previously supported by EdgeX Foundry members including Two Bulls and Beechwoods Software, among others. Additional supporting code contributions by EdgeX members are already underway.

“One of the key factors holding back IoT designs in the enterprise is that there are too many choices to safely and easily implement a system that will provide a return on investment in a reasonable timeframe,” said Mike Krell, Lead IoT Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “EdgeX Foundry will fundamentally change the market dynamic by allowing enterprise IoT applications to choose from a myriad of best-in-class software, hardware and services providers based on their specific needs.”

Founding members include: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Alleantia, Analog Devices, Bayshore Networks, Beechwoods Software, Canonical, ClearBlade, CloudPlugs, Cloud of Things, Cumulocity, Davra Networks, Dell, Device Authority, Eigen Innovations, EpiSensor, FogHorn Systems, ForgeRock, Great Bay Software, IMS Evolve, IOTech, IoTium, KMC Controls, Kodaro, Linaro, MachineShop, Mobiliya, Mocana, Modius, NetFoundry, Neustar, Opto 22, relayr, RevTwo, RFMicron, Sight Machine, SoloInsight, Striim, Switch Automation, Two Bulls, V5 Systems, Vantiq, VMware and ZingBox. Industry affiliate members include: Cloud Foundry Foundation, EnOcean Alliance, Mainflux, Object Management Group, Project Haystack and ULE Alliance.

Delivering IoT at the Edge

According to a Gartner report, there will be 20.4 billion connected things in use globally by 2020. The sheer quantity of data that will be transmitted from these devices is driving adoption of edge computing, where connected devices and sensors transmit data to a local gateway device instead of sending it back to the cloud or a central data center. Edge computing is ideal for deploying IoT applications because it allows for quicker data analytics and reduced network traffic. This is essential for applications which require localized, real-time data analysis for decision making such as factory optimization, predictive maintenance, remote asset management, building automation, fleet management and logistics.

“Businesses currently have to invest a lot of time and energy into developing their own edge computing solutions, before they can even deploy IoT solutions to address business challenges,” said Philip DesAutels, PhD Senior Director of IoT at The Linux Foundation. “EdgeX will foster an ecosystem of interoperable components from a variety of vendors, so that resources can be spent on driving business value instead of combining and integrating IoT components.”

Adopting an open source edge software platform benefits the entire IoT ecosystem:  

  • End Customers can deploy IoT edge solutions quickly and easily with the flexibility to dynamically adapt to changing business needs;
  • Hardware Manufacturers can scale faster with an interoperable partner ecosystem and more robust security and system management;
  • Independent Software Vendors can benefit from interoperability with 3rd party applications and hardware without reinventing connectivity;
  • Sensor/Device Makers can write an application-level device driver with a selected protocol once using the SDK and get pull from all solution providers;
  • System Integrators can get to market faster with plug-and-play ingredients combined with their own proprietary inventions.

The Linux Foundation will establish a governance and membership structure for EdgeX Foundry to nurture a vibrant technical community. A Governing Board will guide business decisions, marketing and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. The technical steering committee will provide leadership on the code and guide the technical direction of the project.

Hannover Messe

Live demonstrations of the EdgeX platform will be on display at Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany from April 24-28, 2017. The main EdgeX demo will be at the Dell Technologies kiosk in the Industrial Internet Consortium Pavilion (Hall 8, Stand C24).

Additional EdgeX demos will be in the following member areas:

  • ForgeRock (Hall 8, Stand F31/1): edge security  
  • Opto 22/Dell/Linaro (Hall 8, Stand F31): integration with Opto 22’s control and I/O system transmitting sensor information from a scale model wind turbine to EdgeX; Linaro demo of an over-the-air firmware upgrade of a wireless sensor
  • SAP/Dell/IOTech (Hall 7, Stand B4): ingestion of OPC-UA data from a National Instruments CompactRIO

Industry Support for EdgeX Foundry

Analog Devices

“This strategic partnership with EdgeX Foundry is part of our commitment to playing a major role in providing solutions to help customers bridge the physical and digital world through IoT,” said Michael Murray, General Manager of Industrial Sensing Products at Analog Devices. “We want to reduce complexity, democratize IoT standards and provide trusted data for customers, and we look forward to working with the EdgeX community to achieve those goals.”


“At Canonical, we have been pushing the need for standardization and commonality in the industry for a long time; the introduction of snaps being one example. We are therefore pleased to see a continuation of this with the launch of the EdgeX Foundry and proud to be one of the founding members” comments Mike Bell, Executive Vice President, IoT at Canonical. “We are obviously advocates of the open-source nature of the project and believe this will further enhance all players in the ecosystem to align to drive business growth and further innovation.”


“We think EdgeX Foundry is the key to accelerating the fragmented IoT market and are proud to have been a part of the effort from the beginning,” said Jason Shepherd, IoT Strategy and Partnerships, Dell. “We’re big believers in openness and choice, and this modular architecture is designed to help anyone easily build edge computing solutions with preferred hardware, software, standards and services while minimizing reinvention. EdgeX Foundry is not a new standard, but a way to unify standards and edge applications.”


“As a leading provider of Identity solutions we are excited to be a founding member of The Linux Foundation’s EdgeX Foundry project. We are firmly committed to open and common frameworks for developers, and we are particularly excited to provide a highly secure trusted device identity solution for this ecosystem” said Hank Skorny, SVP of IoT at Neustar. “EdgeX combined with Neustar’s Trusted Device Identity platform will provide developers with a next generation IoT solution to help secure their IoT systems from the escalating attacks on unsecured devices.”

Collaborating with other IoT Efforts

EdgeX Foundry is collaborating with relevant open source projects, standards groups, and industry alliances to ensure consistency and interoperability across the IoT.

Cloud Foundry Foundation

“The goals and principles of EdgeX Foundry and Cloud Foundry naturally complement each other,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation. “We look forward to working with EdgeX Foundry to enable companies to deploy IoT strategies and applications that accelerate business growth and drive innovation.”

EnOcean Alliance

“The growing market for intelligent building control is dependent on interoperability to ensure that devices can communicate and perform as needed,” said Graham Martin, Chairman & CEO of EnOcean Alliance, Inc. “We look forward to working with EdgeX Foundry to help unify the IoT community around a platform that can deliver automation and enable companies to easily develop IoT solutions that will enable more efficient operations.”


“The creation of a standard, secure, open, and architecture- and vendor-neutral gateway framework is a critical component of IoT based solutions. Hosted by The Linux Foundation, EdgeX Foundry’s impressive industry support and open governance model allows open collaboration on a common gateway architecture by industry leaders,” said Matt Locke, Director of the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Group. “This much needed unifying project will allow vendors to define and build a common gateway platform; a platform upon which they can build unique and compelling solutions across a wide range of market segments. We look forward to welcoming new members into LITE to work closely on the engineering needed to accelerate adoption of EdgeX Foundry. Supporting this new project complements and builds on LITE’s engineering and technical support of The Linux Foundation’s Zephyr project, which is aimed at enabling embedded and IoT devices.”

Object Management Group

“Interoperability is paramount for integrating secure and scalable IoT solutions,” said Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG). “EdgeX Foundry will unify a wide array of standards and commercial offerings at the IoT edge, enabling faster ROI for industrial organizations. EdgeX is architected to enable tiered data ingestion and processing, aligning well with the various open standards for distributed computing driven by the OMG.”

ULE Alliance

“The IoT faces a major challenge with a myriad of devices that address a vast number of diversified use cases. The success of IoT highly depends on seamless interoperability of devices built on different technologies by different vendors, each using the best suited technology for the specific use case,” said Avi Barel, Business Development Director at the ULE Alliance. “EdgeX Foundry is a major step toward addressing this great challenge, and ULE, as the highly secure and reliable radio technology, fully supports this initiative.”

For more information on EdgeX Foundry including how to participate, please visit

About EdgeX Foundry

EdgeX Foundry is an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation building a common open framework for IoT edge computing and an ecosystem of interoperable components that unifies the marketplace and accelerates the deployment of IoT solutions. Designed to run on any hardware or operating system and with any combination of application environments, EdgeX enables developers to quickly create flexible IoT edge solutions that can easily adapt to changing business needs. To learn more, visit: