The following represent a short summary of the more prominent foundations that are involved in open-source networking. There are certainly many more non-profit organizations that have been founded to help power the overall open-source ecosystem that we have not included, and we are open to feedback from our readers on other organizations we should include in future editions of this report.
The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the leading open source foundation for the networking industry, hosting many of the major projects. With over 25 years of experience, featuring support for the Linux platform, the Linux Foundation has applied its extensive experience in open source development, best practices, community building, and industry presence to progress and promote open-source networking. The foundation is home to many of the most prominent open-source networking projects, including OpenDaylight, ONOS and CORD, DPDK, FD.io, ONAP, to name but just a few.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
ETSI is the standardization body hosting the Network Functions Virtualization initiative. In 2016, ETSI launched its first open source project – Open Source MANO (as described below). ETSI plans to expand its open source orchestration and networking portfolio based on a number of new initiatives including Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), Next Generation Protocols (NGP), Experiential Networked Intelligence (ENI).
Launched in 2010, with contributions from Rackspace, NASA and others, OpenStack is an open platform for creating cloud infrastructure. OpenStack has rapidly become one of the largest open-source projects, with thousands of followers. It has been adopted by most of the open orchestration projects, including ONAP, OPEN-O, OSM, OpenBaton, etc.
Apache Software Foundation
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) was founded in 1999 as a way to support Apache software projects, including the eponymous Apache HTTP server, which powered a large part of the Internet back then. Today, the foundation hosts many key projects that help power cloud infrastructure, including Hadoop, Kafka, Cassandra, CouchDB, often used as components in major clouds. And while the ASF hosts less pure networking open-source projects, many ASF projects are used to power projects like ONAP and OpenStack etc.
Open Networking Foundation