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The industry is taking open networking to next level; learn more from Dell EMC’s Jeff Baher in this interview.

Ahead of the much anticipated 2018 Open Networking Summit, we spoke to Jeff Baher, director, Dell EMC Networking and Service Provider Solutions, about what lies ahead for open networking in the data center and beyond.

“For all that time that the client server world was gaining steam in decoupling hardware and software, networking was always in its own almost mainframe-like world, where the hardware and software were inextricably tied,” Baher explained. “Fast forward to today and there exists a critical need to usher networking into the modern world, like its server brethren, where independent decisions are made around hardware and software functions and services modules are assembled and invoked.”

Jeff Baher, director, Dell EMC Networking and Service Provider Solutions

Indeed, the decoupling is well on its way as is the expected rise of independent open network software vendors, such as Cumulus, Big Switch, IP Infusion and Pluribus, as well as Dell EMC’s OS10 Open Edition that are shaping a rapidly evolving ecosystem. Baher describes the progress in the industry thus far as Open Networking ‘1.0’, proving out the model successfully of decoupling networking hardware and software. And with this, the industry is forging ahead taking open networking to the next level.

Here are the insights Baher shared with us about where open networking is headed. You refer to an industry shift around open networking, tell us about the shift that Dell EMC is talking about at ONS this year.

Jeff Baher: Well, to date we and our partners have been working hard to prove out the viability of the basic premise of open networking, disaggregating or decoupling networking hardware and software to drive an increase in customer choice and capability. This first phase, or as we say Open Networking 1.0, is four years in the making, and I would say it has been a resounding success as evidenced by some of the pioneering Tier 1 service provider deployments we’ve enabled. There is a clear-cut market fit here as we’ve witnessed both significant innovation and investment. And the industry is not standing still as it moves quickly to its 2.0 version. In this next version, the focus is shifting from decoupling the basic elements of hardware and software, to a focus on disaggregating the software stack itself.

Disaggregating the software stack involves exposing both the silicon and system software for adaption and abstraction This level of disaggregation also assumes a decoupling of the network application (i.e., routing or switching) from the platform operating system (the software that makes lights blink and fans spin). In this manner, with all the software functional elements exposed and disaggregated, independent software decisions can be made and development communities can form around flexible software composition, assembly and delivery models. Why do people want this level of disaggregation?

Baher: Ultimately, it’s about more control, choice and velocity. With traditional networking systems, there’s typically a lot of code that isn’t necessarily always used. By moving to this new model predicated on disaggregated software elements, users can scale back that unused code and run a highly optimized network operating system (NOS) and applications allowing them to get peak performance, with increased security. And this can all be done independent of the underlying silicon, allowing user to be able to make independent decisions around silicon technology and software adaptation.

All of this, of course, is geared for a fairly savvy network department with most likely a large-scale operation to contend with. For the vast majority of IT shops, they won’t want to “crack the hood” of the network stack and disaggregate pieces. Instead, they will look for pre-packaged offerings derived from these larger “early adopter” experiences. For the larger early adopters, however, there can be virtually an immediate payback by customizing the networking stack, making any operational or technical hurdles well worth it.  These early adopters typically already live in a disaggregated world and hence will feel comfortable mixing and matching hardware, OS layers, and protocols to optimize their network infrastructure. A Tier 1 service provider deployment analysis by ACG Research estimates the realized gains with a disaggregated approach to be 47% lower for TCO, three time the service agility for new services at less than a third of the cost to enable them.

And it is worth noting the prominent role that open source technologies play in disaggregating the networking software stack. In fact, many would contend that open source technologies are foundational and critical to how this happens. This adds in a community aspect to innovation, arguably accelerating its pace along the way. Which brings us back full circle to why people want this level of disaggregation – to have more control over how networking software is architected and written, and how networks operate. How does the disaggregation of the networking stack help fuel innovation in other areas, for example edge computing and IoT?

Baher: Edge computing is interesting as it really is the confluence of compute and networking. For some, it may look like a distributed data center, a few large hyperscale data centers with spokes out to the edge for IoT, 5G and other services. Each edge element is different in capability, form factor, software footprint and operating models. And when viewed through a compute lens, it will be assumed to be inherently a disaggregated, distributed element (with compute, networking and storage capabilities). In other words, hardware elements that are open, standards-based and without any software dependencies. And software for the IoT, 5G and enterprise edge that is also open and disaggregated such that it can be right-sized and optimized for that specific edge task. So if anything, I would say a disaggregated “composite” networking stack is a critical first step for enabling the next-generation edge.

We’re seeing this with mobile operators as they look to NFV solutions for 5G and IoT edge. We’re also seeing this at the enterprise edge, in particular with universal CPE (uCPE) solutions. Unlike previous generations where the enterprise edge meant a proprietary piece of hardware and monolithic software, it is now rapidly transforming into a compute-oriented open model where select networking functions are selected as needed. All of this is made possible by disaggregating the networking functions and applications from the underlying operating system. A ‘not so big a deal’ thing if from a server-minded vantage point, monumental if you come from “networking land”. Exciting times once again in the world of open networking!

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The Linux Foundation has just opened the Open Networking Summit North America (ONS NA) 2018 Call for Proposals, and we invite you to share your expertise with over 2,000 technical and business leaders in the networking ecosystem. Proposals are due by 11:59pm PT on Jan. 14, 2018.

Over 2,000 attendees are expected to attend ONS North America 2018, taking place March 26-29 in Los Angeles, including technical and business leaders across enterprise, service providers, and cloud providers. ONS North America is the only event of its kind, bringing networking and orchestration innovations together with a focus on the convergence of business (CIO/CTO/Architects) and technical (DevOps) communities.

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Open Networking Summit NA conference tracks will include the following topical areas:

Track 1: (General Interest) Networking Futures in IoT, AI, and Network Learning. Including discussions on the progress in standards and open source interworking to drive the industry forward. We’re also seeking topics on networking as it relates to Kubernetes, cloud native, network automation, containers, microservices, and the network’s role in connected cars and connected things.

Track 2: (General Interest) Networking Business and Architecture. We’re looking for proposals on how to effectively evaluate the total cost of ownership of hybrid (public/private, SDN/NFV + traditional, proprietary/open source) environments, including acquisition strategies and good cost models for open source solutions. We’re also interested in case studies of open source business models for solution providers.

Track 3: (Technical) Service Provider & Cloud Networking. We want to hear what you have to say about the containerization of service provider workloads, multi-cloud, 5G, fog, and edge access cloud networking.

Track 4: (Business & Architecture) Service Provider & Cloud Networking. We’re seeking proposals on software-defined packet-optical, mobile edge computing, 4G video/CDN, 5G networking, and incorporating legacy systems (legacy enterprise workload migration, role of networking in cloud migration, and interworking of carrier OSS/BSS/FCAPS systems).

Track 5: (Technical) Enterprise IT & DevOps. Share your experience on scale and performance in SDN deployments, expanding container networking, maintaining stability in migration, networking needs of a hybrid cloud/virtualized environment, and figuring out the roadmap from a cost perspective.

Track 6: (Business and Architecture) Enterprise IT (CXO/IT Architects). Do you have use cases to share on IoT and networking from the retail, transportation, utility, healthcare or government sectors? We’re looking for proposals on cost modeling for hybrid environments, automation (network and beyond), analytics, security and risk management/modeling with ML, and NFV for the enterprise.

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“Bell has been engaged in the ONAP journey from day one and committed to get it to production to demonstrate its value,” said Tamer Shenouda, Director of Network Transformation for Bell.

Bell, Canada’s largest communications company, is the first in the world to deploy the open source version of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) in production. Bell has built the capability to automate its data center tenant network provisioning on top of the ONAP Platform, providing its operations teams with a new tool to improve efficiency and time to market. This is the first step in using ONAP as a common platform across Bell’s networks on its journey towards a multi-partner DevOps model.

As part of the company’s Network 3.0 transformation initiative, Bell and its partners used Agile delivery to launch a minimum viable product with the platform and will continue to adapt it to ensure that it best supports the needs of Bell customers. This significant development sends a clear message to the industry that ONAP is ready and usable, and that carriers don’t need to implement all ONAP components from day one to start production. Bell has also leveraged the capabilities of ONAP Operations Manager to simplify deployments, drastically reduce footprint and enable continuous delivery.

“Bell has been engaged in the ONAP journey from day one and committed to get it to production to demonstrate its value,” said Tamer Shenouda, Director of Network Transformation for Bell. “This demonstration will encourage other partners to take a similar incremental approach in delivery and operations of the platform, and we look forward to other telecoms launching ONAP to production.”

ONAP is a Linux Foundation project that unites two major open networking and orchestration projects – Open Source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O). ONAP brings together top global carriers and vendors, using shared knowledge to build a unified architecture that allows any network operator to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions.

“We’re very proud to be the first member of the ONAP Project to demonstrate the viability of the platform live on our network,” said Petri Lyytikainen, Bell’s Vice President, Network Strategy, Services and Management. “The evolution of our advanced software-defined networks will enable us to respond even faster to the unique needs of our customers.” 

Bell is a founding Platinum Member of ONAP. Platinum members include: Amdocs, AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Cloudify, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Jio, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, Türk Telekom, Vmware, Vodafone, and ZTE.

This week in open source news, SDxCentral calls The Linux Foundation crucial to the networking evolution, the cloud should be central in kickstarting your business, and more! Read on for more Linux and OSS headlines.

1) “With the importance of open source and SDN, virtual switches, and open software stacks, the Linux Foundation has become highly relevant to the next-gen data center networking evolution.”

Web Titans Have Big Influence on Data Center Networking Efforts– SDxCentral

2) The cloud can help developers achieve great success while keeping costs down. The Register delves into how startups, PaaS, and blockchain factor in.

How the Cloud Can Kickstart Your Business– The Register

3) Karl-Heinz Schneider claims that there are no good reasons to migrate back to Windows, after a back and forth city debate.

Munich IT Chief Slams City’s Decision to Dump Linux For Windows– The Inquirer

4) A dangerous flaw in the kernel allowed attackers to elevate their access rights and crash systems.

Another Years-Old Flaw Fixed in the Linux Kernel– BleepingComputer

5) “Dramatic changes in the use of open source require modifications to organizations’ application security strategies.”

Security in the Age of Open Source– DarkReading

Last year, experts from Uber, Twitter, PayPal, and Hubspot, and many other companies shared how they use Apache Mesos at MesosCon events in North America and Europe. Their talks helped inspire developers to get involved in the project, try out an installation, stay informed on project updates, and generally get pumped to use and participate in Apache Mesos.

The MesosCon program committee is now seeking proposals from speakers with fresh ideas, enlightening case studies, best practices, or deep technical knowledge to share with the Apache Mesos community again this year. MesosCon is an annual conference held in three locations around the globe and organized by the Apache Mesos community in partnership with The Linux Foundation.

March 25 is the deadline for speakers to submit proposals for MesosCon Asia. MesosCon North America’s deadline is May 20 and MesosCon Europe’s is July 8. Here, we’ve rounded up the top 5 videos from the 2016 MesosCon North America event for some inspiration. Submit your speaking proposal now!

1. How Verizon Labs Built a 600 Node Bare Metal Mesos Cluster in Two Weeks

Craig Neth, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Verizon Labs, describes building a 600-node Mesos cluster from bare metal in two weeks. His team didn’t really get it all done in two weeks, but it’s a fascinating peek at some ingenious methods for accelerating the installation and provisioning of the bare hardware, and some advanced ideas on hardware and rack architectures.

2.  4 Unique Ways Uber, Twitter, PayPal, and Hubspot Use Apache Mesos

Dr. Abhishek Verma, first author of the Google Borg Paper, describes how Uber used the Apache Cassandra database and Apache Mesos to build a fluid, efficient cluster of geographically diverse datacenters. The goals of this project were five nines reliability, low cost, and reducing hardware requirements. Mesos allows such flexible resource management that you can co-locate services on the same machine.

3. Apache Mesos for Beginners: 3 Videos to Help You Get Started

“How do I get my hands on this? I don’t have a datacenter or a team of engineers. What if I want to become a contributor? How do I make this all go in my own little test lab?”

The talks highlighted in this article will help you answer these questions. Aaron Williams, Joris Van Remoorter, and Michael Park of Mesosphere, and Frank Scholten of Container Solutions share how to run Mesos on a laptop, how to become a contributor, and the basic architecture of a Mesos-based datacenter.

4.  Apache Spark Creator Matei Zaharia Describes Structured Streaming in Spark 2.0

Apache Spark has been an integral part of Mesos from its inception. Spark is one of the most widely used big data processing systems for clusters. Matei Zaharia, the CTO of Databricks and creator of Spark, talked about Spark’s advanced data analysis power and new features in its upcoming 2.0 release in his MesosCon 2016 keynote.

5. Open Source Is Key to the Modern Data Center, Says EMC’s Joshua Bernstein

DevOps is key to agility, agility is key to innovation and success, and open source powers DevOps. Joshua Bernstein, Vice President of Technology at EMC, describes the value that this brings to an organization: “We automate everything. We drive out corner cases. We strive for commodity hardware…The biggest thing is that we value this ability to interoperate. This goes along with microservices and the way that we build microservice applications now. We also value tremendously the ability to leverage a collaborative community.”

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The Linux Foundation today announced the speaker lineup for the Vault Linux Storage & Filesystems Conference, taking place March 22-23 in Cambridge, MA.

Vault is the leading technical event dedicated to Linux storage and filesystems where developers and operators in the filesystems and storage space can advance computing for data storage. Linux has been at the center of the advances in data, filesystems and storage with its widespread use in cloud computing, big data and other data-intensive computing workloads. At Vault, hardware vendors collaborate within the Linux community to develop cutting-edge storage hardware, helping transform Linux into a leader in the storage industry.

Haoyuan Li, CEO of Alluxio (formerly Tachyon), will present a keynote on the San Mateo-based startup’s journey thus far and the road ahead. The open source, software-only storage company, which focuses on big data analytics jobs with Apache Spark, recently struck up a partnership with Dell EMC’s private cloud. And last year Alluxio announced an integration with Huawei’s big data storage solution.

Facebook’s Josef Bacik, Oracle’s Martin Petersen, and Red Hat’s Rik van Riel will also give a keynote recap of the invitation-only Linux Storage, Filesystem & Memory Management Summit, which will be held directly preceding Vault in the same venue. The summit gathers foremost development and research experts and kernel subsystem maintainers to map out and implement improvements to the Linux filesystem, storage and memory management subsystems that will make their way into the mainline kernel in the coming years.

Other speakers at Vault include:

  • Ahmed El-Shimi from Minima will provide insight into using machine learning to predict storage failures.

  • Felix GV from LinkedIn will explore how they refresh 100TB of data per day across multiple datacenters using Project Voldemort.

  • Kernel hacker Christoph Hellwig will illuminate filesystem and block storage optimizations in his talk, “Improving block discard support throughout the Linux Storage Stack.”

  • Kevin Vigor from Facebook will examine how NFS is critical infrastructure and lessons they’ve learned from running it at very large scale in his talk: “NFS @ scale: worst. protocol. evar. (except for all the others)“.

  • Sage Weil from Red Hat will discuss a new storage backend for Ceph named “Bluestore.”

View the full schedule of sessions.

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LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen will be held in China this year for the first time, The Linux Foundation announced this week.

After the success of other Linux Foundation events in the country, including MesosCon Asia and Cloud Foundry Summit Asia, The Linux Foundation decided to offer its flagship LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen events in China as well, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin.

“Chinese developers and businesses have strongly embraced open source and are contributing significant amounts of code to a wide variety of projects,” Zemlin said. “We have heard the call to bring more open source events to China.”

The flagship event, also known as LC3, will be held June 19-20, 2017 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing. As it was in previous years, the event will also be held in North America and Europe this year under a new name, Open Source Summit.

LC3 will cover many of the hottest topics in open source, including open networking, Blockchain, compliance issues and the business and professionalization of open source.

Attendees will have access to the content of all three events with one registration. Activities will include 70+ educational sessions, keynotes from industry leaders, an exhibit hall for demonstrations and networking, hackathons, social events, and more.

  • LinuxCon is where the leading maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community and from around the world gather together for updates, education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux ecosystem.

  • ContainerCon is the place to learn how to best take advantage of container technology, which is revolutionizing the way we automate, deploy and scale workloads; from hardware virtualization to storage to software defined networking, containers are helping to drive a cloud native approach.

  • CloudOpen gathers top professionals to discuss cloud platforms, automation and management tools, DevOps, virtualization, software-defined networking, storage and filesystems, Big Data tools and platforms, open source best practices, and much more.

The conference is designed to enable attendees to collaborate, share information and learn about the newest and most interesting open source technologies, including Linux, containers, cloud technologies, networking, microservices and more. It also provides insight into how to navigate and lead in the open source community.

Speaking proposals are being accepted through March 18. Submit your proposal now!

Registration for the event will be open in the coming weeks.

With 2016 behind us, we can reflect on a landmark year where open source migrated up the stack. As a result a new breed of open service orchestration projects were announced, including ECOMP, OSM, OpenBaton, and The Linux Foundation  project OPEN-O, among them. While the scope varies between orchestrating Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) in a Cloud Data Center, and more comprehensive end-to-end service delivery platforms, the new open service orchestration initiatives enable carriers and cable operators to automate end-to-end service delivery, ultimately minimizing the software development required for new services.

Open orchestration was propelled into the limelight as major operators have gained considerable experience over the past years with open source platforms, such as OpenStack and OpenDaylight. Many operators have announced ambitious network virtualization strategies, that are moving from proofs of concept (PoCs) into the field, including AT&T (Domain 2.0), Deutsche Telekom (TeraStream), Vodafone (Ocean), Telefonica (Unica), NTT Communications (O3), China Mobile (NovoNet), China Telecom (CTNet2025), among them.

Traditional Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and open source projects have paved the way for the emergence of open orchestration. For instance, OPNFV (open NFV reference platform) expanded its charter to address NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO). Similarly, MEF is pursuing the Lifecycle Services Orchestration (LSO) initiative to standardize service orchestration, and intends to accelerate deployment with the OpenLSO open reference platform. Other efforts such as the TMForum Zero-touch Orchestration, Operations and Management (ZOOM) project area addressing the operational aspects as well.

Standards efforts are guiding the open source orchestration projects, which set the stage for 2017 to become The Year of Orchestration.

One notable example is the OPEN-O project, which delivered its initial release less than six months from the project formation. OPEN-O enables operators to deliver end-to-end composite services over NFV Infrastructure along with SDN and legacy networks. In addition to addressing the NFV MANO, OPEN-O integrates a model-driven automation framework, service design front-end, and connectivity services orchestration.

OPEN-O is backed by some of the world’s largest and innovative SDN/NFV market leaders, including China Mobile, China Telecom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, and VMware among them. The project is also breaking new ground in evolving how open source can be successfully adopted for large scale, carrier-grade platforms.

To learn more about OPEN-O and rapidly evolving open orchestration landscape, please join us for our upcoming Webinar:

Title: Introduction to Open Orchestration and OPEN-O

Date/Time: Tue January 17, 2017  10:00a – 11:00a PST

Presenter: Marc Cohn, Executive Director, OPEN-O

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Start exploring Essentials of OpenStack Administration by downloading the free sample chapter today. DOWNLOAD NOW

OpenStack has come a long way since 2010 when NASA approached Rackspace for a project. With 1,600 individual contributors to OpenStack and a six-month release cycle, there are a lot of changes and progress. This amount of change and progress is not without its drawbacks. In the Juno release, there were something like 10,000 bugs. In the next release, Kilo, there were 13,000 bugs. But as OpenStack is deployed in more environments, and more people are interested in it, the community grows both in users and developers.

In part 5 of our series from the Essentials of OpenStack Administration course sample chapter, we discuss the OpenStack project in more detail: its community of contributors, release cycle, and use cases. Download the full sample chapter now.

History of OpenStack

In 2010, Engineers at NASA approached some friends at Rackspace to build an open cloud for NASA and hopefully other government organizations as part of an Open Government initiative. At that time, there were only proprietary and expensive offerings available. Project Nebula was born. Rackspace was interested in moving their software toward open source and saw Nebula as a good place to begin.

Together they started working on something called Nova, known now as OpenStack Compute. At the time, Nova was the project that did everything. It did storage, and network, and virtual machines. Now, new projects have taken over some of those duties.

Since then, the number of projects has grown incredibly. If you go to the website and look at the projects page, you’ll notice there are more than 35 different projects. Each project is made up of one or more services to the cloud. Each of the projects is developed separately.

Although NASA has stopped major work on OpenStack, a large and growing group of supporters still remains. Each component of OpenStack has a dedicated project. Each project has an official name, as well as a more well-known code-name. The project list has been growing with each release. Some projects are considered core, others are newer and in incubation stages. See a list of the current projects.

There are several distributions of OpenStack available as well, from large IT companies and start-ups alike. DevStack is a deployment of OpenStack available from the website. It allows for easy testing of new features, but is not considered production-safe. Red Hat, Canonical, Mirantis and several other companies also provide their own deployment of OpenStack, similar to the many options to install Linux.

OpenStack Release Pattern

The first release of the project was code-named Austin, in October of 2010. Since then, a major release has been deployed every six months. There are code features and proposals that are evaluated every two months or so, as well as code sprints planned on a regular basis.

The quick release schedule and large number of developers working on code does not always lead to smooth transitions. The Kilo release was the first one to address an upgrade path, with its success yet to be known. In fact, there were approximately 10 percent more bugs in the Kilo release than the first Juno release.

OpenStack Use Cases

The ability to deploy and redeploy various instances allows for software development at the speed of the developer, without downtime waiting for IT to handle a ticket.

Testing can be easily done in parallel with various flavors, or system configurations, and operating system configurations. These choices are also within the reach of the end user to lessen interaction with the IT team.

Using both a Browser User Interface (BUI) or a command line, much of the common IT requests can be delegated to the users. The IT staff can focus on higher-level functions and problems instead of more common requests.

The flexibility of OpenStack through various software-defined layers allows for more options, instead of fewer, as has happened with server consolidation.

The next, and final, article in this series is a tutorial on installing DevStack, a simple way for developers to test-drive OpenStack.

The Essentials of OpenStack Administration course teaches you everything you need to know to create and manage private and public clouds with OpenStack. Download a sample chapter today!

Read the other articles in the series:

Essentials of OpenStack Administration Part 1: Cloud Fundamentals

Essentials of OpenStack Administration Part 2: The Problem With Conventional Data Centers

Essentials of OpenStack Administration Part 3: Existing Cloud Solutions

Essentials of OpenStack Administration Part 4: Cloud Design, Software-Defined Networking and Storage

I am honored to join The Linux Foundation this month as General Manager of Open Source Networking & Orchestration. As I look at the last three decades, we (networking geeks) have always stepped up to stay ahead of major technology disruptions. Now we are at the next big revolution: open networking, fueled by open source communities.

Through open source projects such as The Linux Foundation’s OpenDaylight, OPNFV, OPEN-O,, Open vSwitch, OpenSwitch, IO Visor, ON.Lab, CORD and ONOS, hundreds of developers, DevOps professionals and business executives from around the world are working together to undertake a massive transition and to change an industry.

Such rapid transformation is exhilarating. However, if you are an enterprise, carrier, cloud provider, or creator of the networking ecosystem, it can also be mind-boggling. The choices and options to provide services to your customers in this new open source ecosystem are limitless and leave many questions.

  1. How do we harmonize all the open initiatives across the entire stack and industry?

  2. How can I participate in the ‘Open Revolution’, saving potentially millions of dollars and providing a head-start to my core competency?

  3. How has networking had a profound impact on adjacent “hot” industries like Cloud, Big Data, IOT, Analytics, Security, Intelligence, and others?

Open Networking Summit (ONS) 2017 is the place to find the answers to these questions, and more. Developing a formal strategy around the next wave of open networking will be an integral theme at next year’s event.

ONS2017 will be even better than ever before! We have taken your feedback and set the stage for the largest, most comprehensive and most innovative Networking and Orchestration event of 2017 in Silicon Valley on April 3-6, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This is the only industry event where you can:

  • Hear from industry visionaries and leaders on the future of Networking beyond SDN/NFV

  • Attend deep technical tracks on topics that are here today, tomorrow and on the horizon

  • Learn from the use cases of your peers as consumption of Open Source Networking is the “new norm” and mandated by most Enterprise CIOs, Carrier CTOs and Cloud Executives.

Join the leading Enterprises, Carriers and Cloud Service providers in moving the Networking industry forward.  Submit a proposal to speak in one of our five new tracks for 2017 and share your vision and expertise. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 21, 2017.  

Register now with the discount code, LINUXRD5, for 5% off the attendee registration price. And don’t miss the chance to save over $850 with early-bird registration through Feb. 19.

Arpit Joshipura is GM, Networking & Orchestration at The Linux Foundation. Joshipura has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises such as Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA and BNR/Nortel leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering and technology standards functions.