Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:17

AT&T joins Linux Foundation as platinum member


US telecommunications giant AT&T has joined the Linux Foundation as a platinum member, the foundation announced overnight.

The foundation is a non-profit that provides financial backing for several top Linux hackers, including Linux creator Linus Torvalds, to work on the kernel.

A foundation statement said AT&T's move followed the donation of a few million lines of ECOMP code, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.

Chris Rice, senior vice-president of AT&T Labs, would join the foundation board.

“Open source is crucial to AT&T’s software transformation,” said Rice.

“So, it was a natural decision for us to join The Linux Foundation. SDN is helping us meet performance, capital spending and efficiency goals and we expect continued benefits.

"But more so, we recognise that the open source community accelerates innovation. We’re excited to work with The Linux Foundation and its members to promote a globally accepted platform for SDN and NFV technologies.”

Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin said: "AT&T’s membership and the launch of the ONAP Project kick off a year that promises to be pivotal in open networking.

“We welcome Chris to our board of directors and look forward to close collaboration with AT&T to rapidly advance SDN and virtual network functions.”

Linux Foundation Platinum members include AT&T, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung.

AT&T has collaborated with open source communities on OPNFV, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Open Container Initiative, OpenStack, ON.Lab, Open Networking Foundation and the OpenDaylight End User Advisory Board.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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