Will 'Open' Be A Victim or Victor?
The OpenStack Foundation today celebrates three years of work on the open computing platform that helped launch cloud computing and much more.
I honestly don't know if foundations celebrate anniversaries or birthdays -- if it's the former, we should all be looking for tasteful leather gifts to send to the OpenStack Foundation headquarters, perhaps a nice luggage tag given how widespread its reach has become.
It has been interesting to see the impact of organizations such as OSF and the Open Networking Foundation, birthplace of OpenFlow, on the telecom industry's efforts in the cloud services and virtualization arenas. The rapid pace of the work and the dedication to openness are positive influences in an industry segment not known for either.
But I think the greater challenge for the telecom industry lies ahead, as it addresses its own IT issues around introducing software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization. Over the next few weeks, Light Reading will be taking a much closer look at what is required to either fit virtualization into the current Operations Support System/Business Support Systems or reconfigure those systems to work with SDN/NFV.
As my Heavy Reading colleague Ari Banerjee noted here in his recent blogs and in a July 2013 report, Service Assurance in SDN and Cloud, virtualization puts new demands on operating systems to cut across the multiple silos of today's support systems to provide a single centralized view of subscribers, their services, applications and devices and the network resources in use to deliver these. (See Service Assurance Challenges in SDN & Cloud Era and SDN Nirvana Still a Distant Dream (Part 1).)
So my first question is, can telecom stick to the promise of openness in addressing the new complexities of a virtual world? Let me know what you think.
— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading