SAN FRANCISCO - April 26, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, announces the winners of the Best of Show awards at Open Networking Summit (ONS), which took place April 3-6, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. Additionally, ONS 2018 will take place March 27–29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.

ONS is the premier open networking event, covering the full scope of topics across enterprise, cloud and service providers. The 2017 event saw more than 10% attendee growth, and included 75 tutorials, workshops and sessions led by networking innovators, in addition to a Solutions Showcase, exhibit hall and social activities. Feedback from ONS 2017 attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with quotes including, “Great ONS event—best ever!”, “This was my third ONS and quite likely the one I enjoyed the most,” and “If you insist on bigger and better next year, have onsite medical staff to revive the victims of exhaustion.”

2017 was the first time ONS included Best of Show awards. Finalists for each award were selected by a panel of industry experts and analysts, and conference attendees then voted by email following the event to select the winners.

The recipients of the 2017 ONS Best of Show awards are:

  • Most Buzzed About Project - ONAP (57.3% of votes)
    • Finalists included: CORD, ONOS and OPNFV
  • Best Exhibit Booth - Barefoot Networks (70.2% of votes)
    • Finalists included: Dell, Ericsson and Huawei
  • Best Announcement/Coverage - Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project Releases Code, Expands Membership and Announces Board Positions (50.4% of votes)
    • Finalists included: Alibaba Joins the Microsoft SONiC Community; Espresso Makes Google Cloud Faster, More Available and Cost Effective by Extending SDN to the Public Internet; and OPNFV, the Open Source Project for Integrated Testing of Full, Next-Generation Networking Stack, Issues its Fourth Release
  • SDN/NFV Solutions Showcase: Most Innovative Demo - ONAP - Open Network Automation Platform (38% of votes)
    • Finalists included: CORD: Rapid Service Enablement with CORD; PNDA: Analytics in an Open Source World; and Service Orchestration Across Cloud Domains & Multi-domain Transport Network
  • Most Disruptive Networking Technology (Vendor, Product or Solution) - Barefoot Networks (Programmable Data Plane) (42.2% of votes)
    • Finalists included: AT&T & China Mobile (joining forces across entire open networking stack including ONAP); Google (bringing SDN to public internet); Intel (vision and drive for supporting 5G and Software Defined Data Centers); and SnapRoute and its FlexSwitch networking software

“ONS 2017 featured some incredible technology solutions that demonstrate the future for networking truly is open,” said Linux Foundation General Manager, Networking & Orchestration Arpit Joshipura. “There was tremendous competition for the Best of Show awards, and the winners should be proud that ONS attendees recognized their outstanding technologies, projects and announcements.”

ONS 2018 will take place at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The move from Silicon Valley, ONS’ traditional home, for 2018 reflects the wide reach of open networking. By taking place in a different geographic location, ONS will bring in new verticals and demonstrate different use cases for open networking technologies.

Open Networking Summit was made possible by Diamond Sponsor Intel, Platinum Sponsors Amdocs and Huawei, Gold Premium Sponsors Dell EMC and Ericsson, and Gold Sponsors Cisco and ZTE. View all the sponsors.

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