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10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects

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Open source networking is becoming a fundamental building block for next-generation IT and networks for carriers.

Increasing demands on the network to scale to unprecedented levels and, at the same time, to become more customized to specific use-cases has led to the emergence of open source projects to support them.


Networking vendors use open source projects as platforms for enterprise projects, and in other cases they are the underlying technology for some of the world's largest networks.

Critical open source networking projects include the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center initiative, whose goal is creating a software-defined operating platform for central offices using commodity servers, white-box switches, and open source software.

The Fast Data-input/output project combines open source libraries to expedite data efficiency in networking, and Europe's Mano project offers management and orchestration of software-defined networks and network function virtualization.

The Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project is a series of software packages for creating software controllers for users' virtual networks.

Stanford University's OpenFlow is the first standard communications protocol in the SDN market, while the Open Networking Operating System is an open source carrier-grade SDN operating system, and the Open Networking Automation Platform supplies service providers with an open source automation and orchestration platform.

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