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ONF announces new membership category

SDN-focused non-profit wants more start-ups to contribute to ecosystem

ONF announces new membership category
The new membership category was announced in the organisation's annual technology roadmap for 2014

In a bid to advance the adoption of software-defined networking (SDN), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has established a new membership category for start-ups.

The new category features significantly reduced membership rates so that start-up companies can become more involved in building the SDN ecosystem.

The ONF is a non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the adoption of SDN and to build the OpenFlow protocol.

The new membership category was announced in the organisation's annual technology roadmap for 2014, unveiled this week. Dan Pitt, executive director of the ONF, said that the roadmap hoped to achieve vendor-neutral SDN.

"ONF's chief, constant motivator is our dedication to SDN end users," he said.

"Addressing their needs is always of utmost importance for the organisation, and our initiatives in 2014 are driven by this goal. Whether it is through taking real use cases to motivate our technical specifications, opening up organisation membership, or providing valuable information to ensure successful SDN adoption, 2014 is about real, vendor-neutral SDN solutions for end users."

In the technology roadmap, the ONF also announced that it had created liaisons with other industry organisations. These include the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the Open Compute Project, the Open Data Centre Alliance (ODCA), the OpenDaylight Project, OpenStack, the Optical Internetworking Forum (INF) and the TM Forum. With these organisations, ONF said that it would explore new methods for pioneering open SDN.

Meanwhile, the ONF recently announced the availability of an open-source network tapping application at the Open Networking Summit. The ONF SampleTap application was built on OpenDayLight using OpenFlow to serve as an educational resource for programmers. The organisation said that it would continue to create these types of educational applications to give network operators more experience with OpenFlow. 

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