- Chapter 1: Why Open Source for Networking?
- Chapter 2: Open Networking Evolution
- Chapter 3: The Role of Open Source in Networking
- Chapter 4: Best Practices for Open Source
- Chapter 5: Open Source in Networking Foundations
- Chapter 6: Open Source in Networking Landscape
- Chapter 7: Open Source in Networking Reader Survey Results
- Chapter 8: What Lies Ahead for Open Source in Networking
- Chapter 9: Open Source in Networking Projects and Related Vendor Products
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With the advent of SDN and NFV, open source in networking has risen to prominence. From SDN controllers, to virtual switches and routers, to network operating systems on white box switches, even to the orchestration and monitoring systems, open source now plays a major role. Open source has even spread to hardware platforms with the rise of the Open Compute Project (OCP). These rapid changes are pushing traditional proprietary networking vendors to find ways to continue to provide value to their customers while figuring out how to embrace open source themselves.
Open source in networking isn’t new, with open-source routing stacks like Quagga having been around for many years, network intrusion systems like Snort (released in 1998) gaining prominence more than 10 years ago and open-source BSD UNIX variants used as network operating systems by major networking vendors. However, SDN and NFV have pushed open source to the forefront and we are now faced with a burgeoning open-source ecosystem and new market dynamics that cloud service providers, communication service providers, enterprises, system integrators and technology vendors are all working hard at figuring out.
For all networking stakeholders, understanding best practices in open source, including how to work with prominent foundations like Linux Foundation, OpenStack Foundation, and Apache Foundation are now critical to business success. Likewise, understanding how to incorporate, contribute to, and benefit from open source projects have become a critical core competency for all organizations.
Finally, to benefit from open-source projects, organizations will need to get a handle on the vast library of projects being worked on, across all aspects of the networking ecosystem, including hardware, embedded software, operating systems and networking applications. While not exhaustive, this report attempts to capture the more prominent and popular open-source projects that impact networking and should serve as an initial map into the world of open source in networking.
Introduction to Open Source in Networking
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