The two groups formed the collaborative project under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation, which is designed to focus work from the ONOS community on open source platforms, solutions and ecosystem for service providers to monetize SDN/NFV, while helping vendors and service providers invent new business models.
Specifically, the partnership is said to focus on creating SDN solutions tapping open source software platforms, white boxes, network control and management applications to boost the creation and deployment of SDN platforms.
The Linux Foundation said it will assist ONOS to organize, grow and harness the open source community in taking its platform to the next level of production readiness and drive adoption in production networks.
Service providers are increasingly adopting open source software to build their networks and today are making open source and collaboration a strategic part of their business and an investment in the future, said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, in a statement.
The Linux Foundation recognizes the impact the ONOS project can have on service provider networks and will help advance ONOS to achieve its potential. 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, he added.
Last month, the ONOS project released its fourth open source SDN platform under the Drake name, which the project said is focused on infrastructure enhancements to support SDN and network function virtualization “case enablement”. The Drake release is said to include new security, configuration and application-level feature sets that support improvements to the northbound and southbound data flows.