Open Networking Foundation

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Open Networking Foundation
Abbreviation ONF
Formation March 21, 2011 (2011-03-21)
Type 501(c)(6) NPO
Purpose Software control of network operation
Executive Director
Dan Pitt[1]

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a nonprofit, mutually beneficial trade organization, founded by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo! to improve networking through software-defined networking (SDN) and standardizing the OpenFlow protocol and related technologies.[2] The standards-setting and SDN-promotion group was formed out of recognition that cloud computing will blur the distinctions between computers and networks.[3] The initiative is meant to speed innovation through simple software changes in telecommunications networks, wireless networks, data centers and other networking areas.[4] As of December 31, 2013, the organization had 123 member companies; a full list of members may be viewed on the organization's membership page. Member companies include many networking-equipment vendors, semiconductor companies, computer companies, software companies, telecom service providers, hyperscale data-center operators, and enterprise users. Google's system-wide adoption of ONF's OpenFlow software in 2012 was discussed by Urs Hölzle at the Open Networking Summit in April, 2012.[5] Hölzle is Chairman/President of ONF's board of directors, serving on the Board along with representatives of the other five founding board members plus NTT Communications Corp and Goldman Sachs; Stanford professor Nick McKeown and U.C. Berkeley professor Scott Shenker also serve on the board as founding directors representing themselves.[1] By June 2014 ONF had grown to over 150 member companies including 24 start-up companies in Software Defined Networking. [6]