LF Networking Approaches Inaugural Year With Addition of New Members

Globo.com, Packet, PANTHEON.tech and RIFT Inc. Join More Than 100 Leading Technology Organizations to Further Open Source, Open Standards-Based Networking Technologies

San Francisco – November 20, 2018 — The LF Networking Fund (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the addition of four new members, continuing its rapid global growth. Welcoming new members Packet, PANTHEON.tech and RIFT, Inc. extends LFN’s first year momentum, and sets the stage for accelerated development and adoption of open source and open standards-based networking technologies in next year.

“Industry acceptance and participation this year have been tremendous and validate that businesses see an open source, open standards-based future for networking technologies,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “In 2019, the combined efforts of our growing community will continue to accelerate harmonization of open source and open standards-based networking technologies that will define tomorrow’s networks.”

The newest members will work with more than 100 other technology leaders to drive greater harmonization and development of LFN’s networking projects, including FD.io, ONAP, Open Daylight, OPNFV, PNDA, and Tungsten Fabric. LFN enables open source networking technologies by integrating the governance of participating projects in order to enhance operational excellence, simplify member engagement, and increase collaboration.  Globo.com, Packet, PANTHEON.tech and RIFT, Inc. join as Silver members.

The LFN Community will come together at KubeCon and ContainerCon North America on December 10-13 in Seattle, Washington. LFN’s onsite presence includes a FDio Mini Summit and all-LFN member evening reception on December 10 featuring ONAP, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, FD.io, PNDA, and Tungsten Fabric. Heather Kirksey will also give a presentation on Thursday, December 13 titled “The Telco Networking Journey to Cloud Native: The Good, Bad, and Ugly.” Find additional details on LFN’s presence at KubeCon here.

Member Supporting Quotes:

“Becoming a member of ONF, CNC and the Linux Foundation is a recognition of the passion and commitment of Globo.com with the OSS community. We firmly believe that the ability to handle infrastructure as code, software-defined networks, and scalable applications is vital to the dynamic environment and will be instrumental in supporting our business and driving innovation in the digital media market in which we are included.”

“Networking is going through tremendous transformation, driven by the need for automation and the disaggregation of hardware and software,” said Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Packet.  “We see great opportunities in collaborating with the LF Community to accelerate our innovation and solving the hard problems of extending cloud automation to the edge.”

“PANTHEON.tech is committed to accelerate networking innovation by joining LFN as a Silver Member,” said Tomáš Jančo, CEO, PANTHEON.tech. “As an organization with 17 years of experience, we are eager to share our advancements in developing cohesive software solutions across the LF Networking projects at the bleeding edge.”

“Proprietary management and automation approaches have impeded NFV deployments,” said Matt Harper, RIFT’s CTO. “Open source communities (such as ONAP) play a key role in validating interoperability and creating best-of-breed de-facto standards.  We are excited to be working with the Linux Foundation and ONAP to evolve NFV technology to cultivate a robust and interoperable commercial NFV ecosystem.”

About the Newest LFN Members:

Globo.com provides digital platforms and services for Brazil’s Grupo Globo, connecting online audiences to the diverse array of publishing, video and data properties Grupo Globo operates, including Globo TV’s broadcast networks and over-the-top television service Globo Play. As part of its services, Globo.com provides LIVE stream and VOD services for programs produced by more than 100 affiliates across Brazil.

Packet is the leading bare metal automation platform for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy, powering over 60k deploys each month across its 18 global datacenters. Founded in 2014, Packet has quickly become a provider of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software innovators. In addition to its bare metal public cloud, Packet offers a custom “Private Deployment” model that automates infrastructure in customer-owned locations.

PANTHEON.tech is a research & development software company, delivering managed projects to its clients, primarily oriented atnetwork technologies and prototype software development with a focus on SDN, NFV, Automotive and Smart Cities. The company has deep expertise in many open-source networking technologies, including OpenDaylight, ONAP, VPP, FD.io, PNDA, Sysrepo, Honeycomb, networking for CNCF and others. This includes PANTHEON.tech’s OpenDaylight-based open source SDN SDK toolkit, lighty.io, designed to support, ease and accelerate development of Software-defined Networking solutions in Java, Python and Go.

RIFT, Inc provides an open sourced and standards-based platform designed to automate the deployment and operation of virtualized network services and functions. RIFT’s technology, RIFT.wareTM, and RIFT services accelerate service providers’ efforts to virtualize cloud-based communication services. RIFT.ware empowers enterprises to successfully deploy virtualized network services on private and hybrid cloud, and, NFV-enabled virtualized networks. Any network application built with RIFT technology can intelligently take advantage of any cloud’s unique capabilities and operate at any scale. RIFT, Inc is a privately held, global company with offices in the United States and India.

About The Linux Foundation

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