These companies are taking on a monster of a job. The problem isn't so much the standards or the code, it's getting everyone on the same page. The mere fact that The Linux Foundation has brought together essentially all the major players in the SDN space and has gotten them to agree to work on a common, open framework is remarkable in its own right. If they're successful in actually creating the OpenDaylight framework, SDN will be one giant step closer to becoming the new datacenter and corporate networking standard.
Now, this is news: A bunch of big and powerful companies may have something in their common interest that also benefits their customers.
The Linux Foundation, which has managed the creation of that popular computer operating system, is working with a number of large technology companies to develop an open source project around software-defined networking.
OpenDaylight arrives with some instant credibility because it’s hosted by the Linux Foundation, the not-for-profit that oversees the Linux operating system, the most successful open source project of them all.
“Our role is to provide our experience and understanding in how to structure and setup an open community that can foster innovation,” says Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin. “All of these companies sought out an open, neutral community, where no single actor can dominate.”
Just this week I did a post on how much in demand Linux skills are in the job market. They are in demand, of course, because Linux is increasingly being used in enterprises--and not just at the server level. New research from The Linux Foundation in its report "Linux Adoption: Third Annual Surey of World's Largest Enterprise Linux Users" confirms this fact.
The field of IT is notorious for being persistently male-dominated, but that doesn’t mean women still suffer from a gender gap when it comes to pay. In fact, the compensation gender gap has disappeared for tech according to the latest salary survey from IT careers site Dice.