The Linux Foundation Becomes Steward of the Open Networking Summit

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 24, 2015

If you're able to get to the Silicon Valley area in March, there is a big open networking conference taking shape, with some very talented participants. The Linux Foundation is announcing that the Open Networking Summit (ONS) is becoming a Linux Foundation event, and ONS 2016 will take place March 14-17, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif.

"By joining The Linux Foundation's portfolio of events, ONS will extend its reach to the broader open source community and include Linux Foundation projects such as ONOS, OpenDaylight and OPNFV, among others," the Foundation has announced. "ONS will host collaboration among these projects, as well as efforts such as IOVisor, OpenDataPlane, OpenSwitch, and P4, among others to advance the state of the art for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)."

"The networking industry is in the early stages of a major transformation that relies on open source and collaboration," said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. "Through its open source networking projects, The Linux Foundation has been helping to lead the evolution of this industry, and we are excited to combine our expertise with ONS' to continue the growth of open source in this space for the benefit of service providers, cloud providers and enterprises."

"Open source SDN and NFV are the future of networking and future of our industry. Transitioning ONS to The Linux Foundation allows ONS to build on its successes as the premier event shaping the future of SDN and NFV to help grow the community and accelerate adoption of open source SDN and NFV by network operators and vendors," said ONS Chair Guru Parulkar. "The ONS team looks forward to working with The Linux Foundation team to make 2016 a resounding success."

AT&T, Google and The Linux Foundation, among others have announced major networking projects and initiatives at ONS over just the last few years. ONS also pioneered the SDN Solutions Showcase, which includes live demonstrations and use cases from vendors, partners and customers.

More information on ONS 2016, including the call for proposals, will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit for more details.