The Linux Foundation announced its intent to form the Open-O unified orchestrator project for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) at a press conference hosted with China Mobile and Huawei.
The vendor is making a big splash in open source this year. Earlier this month, Huawei said it wants to build a complete open source networking stack and is methodically tapping open source groups to do so.
Open-O is “China born” but “global in nature,” according to the three announcing partners.
“Traditionally, Chinese companies have been fast followers of open source,” says Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “This is different. This code comes out of China. From Linux’s perspective, there are hundreds of thousands of Chinese developers that we’ve just brought to the table.”
The timing of Open-O comes just a couple days after the announcement of Open Source MANO (OSM), which is hosted by ETSI and initially integrates open source software from Telefónica, Canonical, and Rift.io.
Asked why the world needs two new open source MANO groups, Zemlin says, “At this level of the stack, it’s all goodness. Often in open source, you see projects that overlap.”
Both OSM and Open-O intend to apply for Apache 2.0 licenses, so they will be comparable in that way. But the Open-O partners stress that their open source group will set up an orchestrator for both SDN and NFV, which Zemlin says may be of a bigger scope than the OSM project.