Premier open source networking & orchestration event to focus on theme of ‘Harmonize, Harness, Consume’

SAN FRANCISCO - January 11, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, announces a new format for Open Networking Summit, taking place April 3-6, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. Speaking proposals are being sought from open networking technical and business experts through January 21.

Open Networking Summit, the industry's premier open networking event, brings enterprises, carriers and cloud service providers together with the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open source networking. The theme of the 2017 event is ‘Harmonize, Harness, Consume’. As open source networking moves to production ready solutions, Open Networking Summit aims to bring technical (DevOps/admins) and business leaders (CIO/CTO/architects) together in the innovation capital of the world.

The structure of the event is being enhanced to address the convergence of buyers and decision makers in the networking industry as DevOps and other software-defined trends take off. Open Networking Summit 2017 will have significant enhancements including a limited number of visionary keynotes and technical sessions focused on the impact of networking on adjacent areas like cloud and IOT across all enterprise verticals. The number of parallel tracks have been reduced by half and they have been reorganized into separate technical (DevOps) and business tracks across enterprises, carriers and the cloud allowing more time for collaboration, education and sharing.

Brand new features for Open Networking Summit 2017 include a dedicated hackathon area for developers, an awards program covering the entire networking ecosystem, an expanded exhibit floor with a focus on solutions and vendor innovations and a revised event layout to facilitate easier professional networking. Additionally, Open Networking Summit 2017 will see the launch of the Open Networking Innovation Forum, an exclusive, invitation-only think tank, gathering an elite group of open networking visionaries, thought leaders and innovators in an intimate setting for valuable dialogue about the state of open networking (successes, hurdles, things to look out for in planning, picking and deploying SDN/NFV solutions), opportunities and challenges, accelerating adoption and more.

“Open Networking Summit is the only event that brings together all the latest networking and orchestration innovations with content and tracks targeted to technical and business leaders across enterprise, carriers and cloud providers,” said Linux Foundation General Manager, Networking & Orchestration, Arpit Joshipura. “The event is truly created by and for those working in the open networking ecosystem. The new format and features being launched this year will ensure the event is better than ever, and provide an unparalleled venue for learning, sharing and collaborating.”

The full lineup of speakers and sessions will be announced in mid-February.

More details on Open Networking Summit can be seen at www.opennetsummit.org. Speaking proposals continue to be accepted through January 21 at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit/program/cfp. Those wishing to attend may register for the event at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit/attend/register1.

Members of the press who would like a complimentary press pass should contact Dan Brown (dbrown@linuxfoundation.org).

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