The Linux Foundation scored a landslide victory in a recent Telco Transformation poll that asked which standard bodies or open source organizations should take the reins on the industry's virtualization efforts.
The Linux Foundation is the umbrella organization over various industry-related efforts, such as Open Daylight, OPEN-O, OPNFV and ECOMP, which no doubt helped its cause in landing 172 votes (86%) out of the 199 that were cast in the poll.
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ETSI, which published the first NFV specification in late 2013, was a distant second place with 5% of the votes while the TM Forum and IEEE each garnered 3%. "A combination of the above" also received 3% of the overall votes.
Open Source: One Ring to Rule Them?
There are various open source communities and standards bodies that are attempting to define how SDN, NFV, virtualization, and containers will evolve going forward. Which body should take the reins?
The poll didn't factor in other industry-wide efforts, such as the New IP Agency's work on interoperability testing or the Broadband Forum's
efforts around creating business frameworks for SDN and NFV.
While the Linux Foundation was the clear winner in the poll, that doesn't discount the work that the other organizations are doing, such as the TM Forum with open APIs. But there does need to be an overall consensus by vendors, open source communities, standards bodies and service providers on how the industry will collectively evolve going forward.
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