iconectiv now part of Linux Foundation’s open source networking collaboration project, including transition to NFV



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

Through LFN the Linux Foundation has developed a cross-collaboration initiative that brings together over 100 member organizations from across the globe. These organizations consist of networking and enterprise vendors, system integrators and cloud providers working across nine of the top ten open-source networking projects focused on all aspects of the network stack, including NFV, SDN, data IO speed, automation, orchestration, and predictive network analytics.

The foundation expects this effort to build harmonization between open source and open standards, bringing together a range of emerging, network-dependent initiatives that will drive enhanced operational efficiency through shared development and deployment best practices and resources.

As a member of LFN, iconectiv brings more than 30 years of experience performing critical, behind-the-scenes work for service providers and related telecom firms, enabling the transition from physical to virtual network functions. Through its Common Language solution, iconectiv has already created unique codes for more than 1,000 virtual functions, demonstrating its ability to assist service providers in the transition to Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

On January 1, this year The LF Networking Fund (LFN) was founded as a new entity that increases collaboration and operational excellence across networking projects. LFN integrates the governance of participating projects in order to improve operational excellence and simplify member engagement. Each technical project retains its technical independence and project roadmaps.

The founding projects within LFN are FD.io, OpenDaylight, ONAP, OPNFV, PNDA, and SNAS.

“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,” said Alex Berry, Executive Vice President, Information Solutions, iconectiv. “The Linux Foundation understands 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 and network and operations management to help ensure the full rollout and adoption of hybrid networks.”

“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. “iconectiv brings invaluable expertise regarding network and operations management and the interconnection of global networks. We welcome their participation in this collaborative industry effort.”

 

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