Verizon Joins the ONOS Project

By Michael Guta January 22, 2016

Telecom and network vendors have been contributing towards the growth of ONOS, a collaborative project at The Linux Foundation, to introduce new innovations in the infrastructure that is responsible for transporting the digital information we all rely on so much. As ONOS continues to develop new innovations for open Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), more companies are joining the project, with Verizon being the latest to do so.

As one of the largest telecoms in the U.S., the addition of Verizon to ONOS further highlights the need to adopt open source solutions for network and data center optimization. With data traffic being measured in Zetabytes, the infrastructure that is in place will have a hard time coping with demand as more smartphones are introduced in the market place and the Internet of Everything (IoE) connects virtually everything.

By becoming part of ONOS, Verizon is going to be part of the solution in developing highly effective and scalable SDN architectures with high degree of availability and reliability.

"Verizon recognizes the potential of ONOS as an open source SDN platform and the service provider solutions it enables, as well as the promise it holds to transform the networking industry. By joining the partnership, we hope to advance open source SDN and NFV solutions based on ONOS and to help shape the future of this ecosystem," said Brian Higgins, Vice President of Network Planning at Verizon.

In addition to Verizon, some of the leading operators and vendors are also part of ONOS, including AT&T, China Unicom, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, and NEC. The project has also welcomed more than 20 new collaborating organizations outside the ONOS and ON.Lab communities that are contributing to the projects core mission actively.

ONOS is a carrier-grade SDN network operating system designed to provide high availability, scalability, performance, and rich northbound and southbound abstractions. Currently the software has registered 12,000 downloads, with more than 100 organizations using ONOS around the world. The latest iteration, Emu, has many new improvements, including support for gRPC, dynamic REST interfaces, enforcing bandwidth resource mechanism via meters in the southbound, multicast RIB information and more.

"Verizon's participation, along with other service providers, strengthens the ONOS partnership and the ecosystem. Verizon brings value to the ONOS partnership in terms of new requirements, possible use cases and insights that will shape ONOS today and in the future,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director and Board Member at ON.Lab's ONOS project.

For more on the future of the shifting telecom landscape, check out next week’s ITEXPO. The industry conference will gather leaders in the field to share their visions of the horizon, explain their business practices, and, of course, network with professionals. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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