In April of 2013, the Linux Foundation helped to launch the OpenDaylight (ODL) Project as a multi-stakeholder, open-source Software Defined Networking (SDN) effort. Now, more than two years later, the Linux Foundation is embracing another SDN group, one that many had considered to be a rival to ODL.
The Open Network Operating System (ONOS) got its start in November 2014 as an effort led by the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab).
"Now is the perfect time to partner with the Linux Foundation," Guru Parulkar, Executive Director and Board Member at ON.Lab/ONOS Project, said in a statement. "They bring a number of resources and also provide a measure of trust and sustainability through a well-built brand that delivers extended reach to our collaborative community and accelerates innovation on an even larger scale."
In becoming a a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, ONOS now will be able to benefit from the backend infrastructure, services and community-building expertise that the Linux Foundation is well known for. The Linux Foundation's Collaborative Projects effort now encompasses over 24 different projects, including Xen, Open Mainframe, Dronecode, Node, AllSeen Alliance, Core Infrastructure Initiative and CloudFoundry.
"The Linux Foundation recognizes the impact the ONOS project can have on service provider networks and will help advance ONOS to achieve its potential," Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, said in a statement. "The partnership combines the best of the two organizations’ capabilities in support of a strategic vision to transform service provider infrastructure with open source SDN and NFV."
With both ODL and ONOS at the Linux Foundation, there is now a new opportunity for potential collaboration across the projects. The Linux Foundation already has multiple networking efforts, including OPNFV, and even the IOvisor project, which was recently announced. Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight Project, commented that ONOS has been able to produce some interesting innovations for building distributed systems.
That said, Jacques is obviously particularly enthusiastic about ODL, which in his view is already a mature technology on which over 20 vendors' solutions have been built and are being used in production deployments.
"Bringing ONOS into the Linux Foundation is good for ONOS, good for the industry, and good for OpenDaylight," Jacques blogged. "Just like sibling projects OpenDaylight and OPNFV, hosting both ONOS and OpenDaylight under one umbrella allows us to both continue innovating, but also drives us toward greater synergies and ways to leverage each other."
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.