ONOS Releases Falcon with Help from Growing Community

By Rory Lidstone March 15, 2016

The ONOS Project was formed to go against closed, proprietary and inflexible network architecture. Its main weapon in combating this trend is the ONOS open source SDN networking operating system for service provider networks that is architected for high performance, scale and availability. This week, however, the ONOS community announced the availability of its latest software release to aid its mission: Falcon.

Falcon features additional support for Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center (CORD), as well as many new applications and more support for southbound protocols. CORD is an open service delivery platform designed to provide data center economies and cloud agility to service providers, turning central offices into telco optimized data centers. Services acceleration company Radisys Corporation recently became a CORD systems integrator to help service providers and the community turn residential, enterprise and mobile CORD proofs of concept into deployable, carrier-grade solutions.

"ONOS has rapidly evolved to become a platform for service providers to monetize SDN and NFV, while helping vendors and service providers alike to create SDN and NFV solutions leveraging open source and invent new business models," said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering at the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab). "The ONOS project continues rapid innovation and delivery with quarterly releases, and the capability of each release continues to improve with accelerating participation of the community."

Falcon is the ONOS Project’s sixth release since going public in December 2014. With this release, ONOS is now a part of OPNFV’s second NFV platform, Brahmaputra, thanks to the efforts of Huawei. In addition, ONOS continues to be a key component of ONF’s Atrium distribution. Falcon will be integrated with the most recent ONF Atrium 2016/A distribution through the ongoing collaboration between the ONOS Project and the ONF.

As part of the Falcon release, ONOS has expanded its list of contributors to include: Akamai, ATTO research, Cavium, Cobham wireless, CORSA, Edgecore Networks, Flextronics, IEEE, NEC/NetCracker, Noviflow, Oplink Communications, Politecnico Di Torino, Tata Consultancy Services and Tech Mahindra.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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