Inside the Open Networking Summit 2016

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Just yesterday, at the Open Networking Summit 2016 hosted by the Linux Foundation, Red Hat was in the exhibit hall with a demonstration of a highly available OpenDaylight (ODL) platform running on OpenStack. ODL, by the way, is an open source, modular software-defined networking (SDN) platform for networks of any size and scale and is a collaborative project of the Linux Foundation. Lucky me—I got to see first-hand the demo as well as the conference—and wanted to share with you all some of the highlights from the Summit.

AT&T offered its ecomp Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy Architecture paper for download and are seeking input before open sourcing it.

Peter Levine, partner of Andreesen Horowitz offered insights into successful open source business models. He told the crowd at the conference that Red Hat’s support model has not been replicated. Open source is becoming more widely adopted in the enterprise and while open source is a technical innovation, he said, adding that he believes that business models need to innovate. Two examples cited: (1) github provides a software as a service (SaaS) of the open source git software; (2) Facebook consumes and creates lots of open source software and contributes back to the community. The company monetizes open source with its advertising revenue model.

So, what does this mean? The developer has buying power—a fundamentally new phenomenon! Levine told attendees at the conference that in his early career as a programmer, he was simply provided a terminal and tools to write software. Today, many companies, from financial institutions to vehicle manufacturers, hire software developers. Developers are leading the shift in IT from infrastructure to applications. To help organizations modernize their infrastructures on open innovation, Red Hat offers the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system, open source virtualization and cloud computing technologies, and, specifically for developers, Red Hat OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Go ahead and try it here. And check out our developers page.

Omar Baldonado presented Facebook’s networking and open compute model. Baldonado, who leads the Net Systems team at Facebook and is an Open Network Foundation (ONF) board member, proposed that the old “five nines carrier grade” availability model does not apply today and that it is better to design for “fail fast” rather than “fail-proof.”

We at Red Hat acknowledge this transformation in the ICT/telco industry. Just last month, my colleague Ian Hood wrote, In some of these technology discussions, there are still references to “carrier grade” and how to apply that concept in the context of cloud, virtualization and the evolution to the 5G networks of the future. Many service providers have already turned their attention to that of reliability and serviceability, with a focus on the transition from hardware to software, and from human intervention to automation.”

Open Source Unified Orchestrator Project was also presented, which Red Hat supports. I took some snapshots of the “An Introduction to the OPEN-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O),” presentation, delivered by Chris Donley of Huawei, Hui Deng from China Mobile, Liu Kai from China Telecom and Jim Zemlin of The Linux Foundation. The OPEN-O is a collaborative of the Linux Foundation that was just announced in February. These snapshots illustrate the architecture and expected benefits.

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