ONF is a collaborative organization, expanding new ways to pioneer Open SDN deployment worldwide. As such, we have created relationships to serve as ways to partner, collaborate, host events or activities, address technical issues of common concern, or to formerly communicate to 3rd parties on shared interests. Each ONF Liaison listed below features a specific ONF member who serves as a liaison to that organization. In many cases, a formal memorandum of understanding will guide the collective effort. Our focus in not on endless coordination meetings and agreements, but in combining (at the work group level) work that has common interest and value to both organizations, or in combining our efforts to advance our respective missions.
The Ethernet Alliance is a global, non-profit, industry consortium of member organizations that advance Ethernet technologies. Ethernet Alliance members work together to develop Ethernet standards, and they support and originate activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability testing to demonstrations to education.
ONF will work with Ethernet Alliance on interoperability projects and activities of mutual concern.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and their commissioned activity Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
NFV is structured as committee was set up under the ETSI the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. This committee will work on creating the NFV standard. NFV focuses on virtualizing the Network Element, while SDN focuses on separating the Control Plane from the Data Plane, with a standard protocol (e.g. OpenFlow) between the two planes.
NFV and ONF have many touch points and are in the process of drafting a comprehensive collaboration agreement with several liaisons across various areas of each organization, including both the Migration and Market Education work groups.
IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.
ONF is working with IEEE on their 802.16r proposed protocol efforts within ONF's wireless and mobility working and discussion groups.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities.
ONF has created formal liaisons with various subgroups of ITU, including Q12/15, Q14/15 question areas.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high-quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet.
The ONF and the IETF are currently in discussions regarding mobile and wireless standards and SDN.
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)
The MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet, is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations.
MEF specifies widely used network services (Carrier Ethernet) and is in the process of defining dynamic services that may benefit from ONF SDN solutions.
Open Compute Project
The Open Computer Project (OCP) incorporates principles of open source software development into the development and deployment of computer hardware and data centers. OCP and ONF senior leadership teams are collaborating with the thought of driving OCP-approved switches to the market.
Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA)
The Open Data Center Alliance, founded in 2012, strives to deliver a unified voice for emerging data center and cloud computing requirements. Their mission is to speed the migration to cloud computing by enabling the solution and service ecosystem to address IT requirements with the highest level of interoperability and standards.
ONF has had several engagements with ODCA in document review, speaking at their events, and is collaborating on technology demonstrations of Open SDN and OpenFlow® in concert with ODCA and the TMForum.
Open Daylight Project's mission is to facilitate a community-led, industry-supported open source framework, including code and architecture, to accelerate and advance a common, robust Software-Defined Networking platform.
ONF and ODP have held a number of meetings and are outlining ways to collaborate on open SDN architectures that serve to advance areas of mutual interest.
Open Networking User Group (ONUG)
The Open Networking User Group is a community of IT business leaders who exchange ideas and best practices for implementing Open Networking and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) designs. ONUG events are for IT executives, global network architects, and designers to learn from peers and early adopters managing private or public clouds, enterprise data centers, WAN or service provider networks.
ONF is a sponsor of ONUG events, and is a regular contributor of speakers and thought leadership for this organization.
OpenStack Cloud Software (OpenStack)
The Goal of OpenStack is to produce the ubiquitous Open Source cloud computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private cloud providers regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable. OpenStack is for service providers, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions that want to build public or private clouds.
ONF and OpenStack are collaborating on a number of technical efforts, including software development.
Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
Key connection to the Open Transport WG
Interested primarily in the security of SDN interfaces; OIF creates Implementation Agreements that call out protocols, but are not in conflict with ONF IPR Lyndon Ong
Liaison established with Optical WG; meeting held engagement developing to review security Update: feedback returned by OIF on Use Cases recommendations of OIF within Security DG.
SDNCentral is the leading centralized source of news and resources for network virtualization and SDN. With players in the field starving for information to help them determine how or whether SDN can benefit them, we are a community devoted to sharing information, connecting people, and developing the next generation of networking.
The mission of SDN Central is to advance and simplify market education about SDN without any vendor bias. SDN Central and ONF regularly collaborate on a number of end-user facing efforts, including developing a shared director of OpenFlow® and SDN products, and work together to provide accurate and timely information to the burgeoning end-user community at SDN Central.
Tele Management Forum (TMForum)
The TM Forum is the largest global trade association focused on bringing together the digital ecosystem, including communication service providers, digital service providers and enterprises, with the goal of enabling an open digital world. The Forum delivers a wealth of knowledge and practical tools for our members, including unique research, best practices and standards. The TM Forum focuses on business process optimization, big data analytics, cloud management, customer experience management and security.
Working together with TMForum and ODCA, ONF is sponsoring a technology demonstration of Open SDN and OpenFlow® at the TMForum's Digital Disruption event (28th – 31st October 2013, San Jose Convention Center).
US-Ignite is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with original inspiration from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. US-Ignite fosters the creation of next-generation Internet applications that provide transformative public benefit. Their work is focused in six areas of national priority: Education & Workforce, Energy, Health, Public Safety, Transportation, and Advanced Manufacturing.
US-Ignite and ONF are collaborating on projects in SDN deployments working with ONF member companies, US-Ignite, and other leading research and development organizations in academia and the private sector. They are hosting a joint workshop to further their shared work on October 8, 2013.