Until recently, open source has had a relatively modest impact on networking. One of the many indications that open source is now having more of an impact on networking occurred at the 2016 Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, CA. In past years, the focus on the ONS was SDN and NFV. While those were important topics at this year’s conference, the tag line for the conference was “A New Era of Open Source Networking”. The fact that this year’s ONS had such a strong focus on open source shouldn’t be surprising because in November 2015 the ONS became a Linux Foundation event.
Carriers are constantly talking about including OSS (open source software) in their new strategies — but not always for the right reasons.
The telecom and open source revolution is silently working through the telecom industry; but you need to get a few things straight about the model if you want to succeed with open source.