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, funded by prominent companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo! aimed at improving 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. By June 2014 ONF had grown to over 150 member companies including 24 start-up companies in Software Defined Networking. [5] The 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.[6] Hölzle is the 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]