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Open Networking Summit North America Program Now Available

SAN FRANCISCO, February 8, 2018The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the full schedule of sessions, speakers and activities for Open Networking Summit North America, taking place March 26-29 in Los Angeles. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Integrate. Automate. Accelerate.’


Open Networking Summit (ONS) is the industry’s premier open networking event, gathering enterprises, service providers and cloud providers across the ecosystem to share learnings, highlight innovation and discuss the future of open source networking, including software defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), orchestration and the automation of cloud, network and IoT services.


Keynote speakers come from companies representing the growing networking ecosystem including Alibaba, Arm, Amazon Web Services, AT&T, Ciena, Dell EMC, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, Intel, LF Networking, Nokia, ONF, Uber and VMware.


Session highlights include:


  • Automate or Die: 5 Network Automation Things You Have to Do – Eric Hanselman, 451 Research

  • Platform Approach for SDN Predictive Management Using AI and ML – David Lu & George Sultana, AT&T

  • Colt’s Evolution: From MPLS to Cloud Networking – Javier Benitez, Colt Technology Services

  • Containers and Clusters for Customer Success – Balasubramaniyan Kannan, Equinix

  • K8Guard an Auditing System for Kubernetes – Medya Ghazizadeh, Google

  • Intelligence Driven Network: The “Next Hop” of Internet – David Meyer & Zhibo Gong, Huawei

  • Creating a Safer, Smart Ride – NFV for Automotive – Steven Furr & Trinath Somanchi, NXP

  • Istio and Envoy: Enabling Sidecars for Microservices – Angela Chin, Pivotal

  • 5G and Open Source Networking – Jamil Chawki, Orange

  • A New Software Engineering Methodology for creating Resilient Microservices – Pethuru Raj, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.


The full agenda can be viewed here.


Co-located events and onsite activities at ONS include:


  • Open Networking Innovation Forum (ONIF) – An invitation-only think tank gathering leaders from across the networking ecosystem to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing open networking acceleration and the open source business model.

  • Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR) – The premier venue for research publications on SDN.

  • Developer Forums – LF Networking, Open Networking Foundation, and Acumos Project will be holding developer forums on Monday, March 26 and the morning of Tuesday, March 27, prior to ONS, to provide developers an opportunity for deep technical discussions, cross-project collaboration, hacking and more.

  • Evening Events – ONS offers an invitation-only Partner Reception on Tuesday evening at the Grammy Museum, in addition to all-attendee receptions onsite Wednesday and at The Majestic on Thursday.

  • Solutions & Demo Showcase – Expo floor featuring a combination of hand-picked demonstrations of collaborative multi-organization solutions at the cutting edge of open source networking, along with demos from leading networking organizations.

  • Morning Activities – Attendees can participate in a 5K Fun Run or a Morning Meditation session.

  • Child Care – To make the conference more accessible for parents, complimentary child care is provided onsite (RSVP required no later than March 2).


Registration is discounted to $1195 through February 11. Members of The Linux Foundation and the LF Networking Fund receive a 20% discount. Discounted academic and student rates are also available. Applications for diversity and needs-based scholarships are currently being accepted. For information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here.


The Linux Foundation events are where the world’s leading technologists meet, collaborate, learn and network in order to advance innovations that support the world’s largest shared technologies.


Members of the press who would like to request a press pass to attend should contact Dan Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This event is made possible thanks to Diamond Sponsor Arm; Platinum Sponsors Alibaba Cloud, Dell EMC, Ericsson and Huawei; Gold Sponsors Ciena and Nokia; and Silver Sponsors ADTRAN, Fujitsu, Inocybe, and Lumina Networks.


Additional Resources

YouTube: Why Attend Linux Foundation Events (


Open Networking Summit 2017 Event Recap (


About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at