Open Networking Foundation Releases Stratum, Next-Gen SDN Platform

Virtualizationreview | September 17, 2019

Open Networking Foundation Releases Stratum, Next-Gen SDN Platform
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) released Stratum, which will provide an open source foundation for the operator consortium's next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) work. In pursuit of a truly "software defined" data plane based on white-box switches, the ONF in March first unveiled the Stratum project, backed by 23 founding members, including Google. After the subsequent incubation period, the official release of Stratum was announced last week. Stratum is an open source, silicon-independent switch operating system for software-defined networks that runs on a variety of switching silicon and various whitebox switch platforms," the ONF said.

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Versa Networks | November 09, 2021

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Wind River | August 30, 2021

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Polte | October 08, 2021

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