Technologies that are set to change the world are starting to emerge. What does this mean for networking? Mike McBride shares his thoughts. 

Last month, alongside 175,000 of my closest friends, I attended CES in Las Vegas and witnessed a staggering amount of connected devices. From very cool autonomous vehicles to not–quite-as-cool connected hair brushes and everything in between, it was a fascinating week. Super thin (and big!) televisions, an underwater drone and fish finder, and robots that fold clothes. There were also a lot of smart technologies including smart clothing, glasses, watches and phones. Augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) was particularly huge at CES this year. AR/VR has seen a new life recently and is being used in education, retail, sports, crime prevention, manufacturing and entertainment. One of the more fascinating areas for AR/VR is in medical applications. AR/VR is being used for pain management, autism therapy, surgery, overcoming phobias, PTSD, stroke rehabilitation, visual and hearing impairment, motion sickness, neuro-technology, etc. Eventually we will arrive to where we can use teleportation to have a “face to face” conversation with healthcare professionals and review therapy and results from our home. It would be nice to save a trip to the doctor.

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ONF Executive Director Guru Parulkar introduces Foundation’s new game-changing Open Innovation Pipeline strategy.

Last fall, ONF and ON.Lab announced an agreement to become a single organization under the ONF name. Since that time, our aligned operations teams have been hard at work framing the go-forward strategy of the new ONF, an energizing and exciting planning initiative in preparation for our formal merger at the end of 2017.

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Ben-Mack Crane discusses why OpenFlow needs to evolve and how ONF plans to take it through evolution. 

As ONF prepares to complete its planned merger with ON.Lab later this year, we have been thinking a lot about ONF’s ongoing work, including the OpenFlow standard. I recently shared some insight with Network Computing on where OpenFlow is today and where we believe that it needs to go in the future. You can read an excerpt from the contributed piece below:

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Mike McBride, Senior Director of Innovation & Technology Strategy at Huawei, shares how a friend got him hooked on networking.  

I network because of Joe.

Joe was a colleague of mine at Apple Computer in the Bay Area back in the early 90s. We were both enjoying being young and employed by a cool company who let us show up to work in Levi’s, had great parties and who brought us all those sweet computers including the modular Mac IIcx, the wicked fast Mac IIfx and the Mac Powerbook (which replaced that incredible mini suitcase the Luggable). The times were good, I was finishing up my degree in the evening at San Jose State, we were working on awesome computers, John Scully was at the helm and Steve was busy breaking out the cube over at NeXT. I thought Apple could be my life for many years to come.

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New VP of Standards and Membership, Timon Sloane, introduces himself and shares his passion for the “new” ONF.

As we enter the New Year, I want to kick things off by formally introducing myself to the ONF community. I am excited to serve as VP of Standards and Membership, leading our efforts with SDN standards, skills certification and with the membership at large. I am also very much looking forward to the opportunity before us in combining open source with standards as ONF and ON.Lab merge.

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Timon Sloane recaps SDxCentral’s special report on the state of OpenFlow and SDN.  

Over the last seven years, OpenFlow has proved to be a catalyst in driving the widespread adoption of SDN. In my (relatively new) role as Vice President of Standards and Membership for ONF, I oversee standards development including the work with OpenFlow.  As it turns out, I’ve joined the ONF just as a new report from on OpenFlow is being released by SDxCentral.  This gives us a timely outside assessment of the market situation for OpenFlow just as we are analyzing and making plans on the merger of ONF and ON.Labs.  We need a holistic view of the current state of OpenFlow, so the timing could not have been better.

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Guru Parulkar takes some time to thank the community and take a look back at the year’s accomplishments.

This Thursday, families and friends in the U.S. will gather together to share gratitude and eat some great food, in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. The U.S. secular holiday, celebrated every November to remember the coming together of the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans, is a day where people reflect and give thanks. As such, the ONF team and I are reflecting on what we are thankful for. Personally, I am thankful for my loving family, my great friends, and of course you, the ONF community.

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