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Networking technologies are changing the business landscape. Industry is shifting from specialized hardware to software development, including open source. Rapid growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, data storage, network security, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and smart technologies are testing companies’ ability to keep pace in a global marketplace and creating new customer demands.

As a result of increasing automation, cloud usage, greater collaboration and evolving applications, organizations are de-centralizing their infrastructure approaches to optimize connectivity. Meanwhile, businesses are integrating Software-Defined Networking in Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN), which not only simplifies management and operation functions, but delivers flexible network infrastructures. Experts predict Intent-based networking — which provides the ability to connect infrastructures with business goals — will become more mainstream. Furthermore, as applications shift to containers and Kubernetes, the complexity of managing networks may challenge companies. Nonetheless, businesses — Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Mellanox Technologies, NETGEAR and SERCOMM — are joining our community’s mission to enable freedom of action for members and users of Linux/OSS-based technology through a patent non-aggression cross-license in the Linux System.

Industry News

Industrial Internet Of Things (Iiot) Reshapes What Is Possible In Industrial Settings
Moxa, a leading provider of edge connectivity, industrial computing and network infrastructure solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — has joined our community to publicly express its dedication to building an interoperable, industrial-grade open source platform, which helps keep people and properties secure in hazardous environments and uninhabitable terrains by providing communication networks with maximum reliability.

Moxa has connected more than 57 million devices worldwide, serves customers in more than 70 countries and offers solutions for such industries as manufacturing, intelligent transportation, power, oil and gas, as well as marine. The announcement received international media coverage in Germany Spain and Sweden.

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Worldwide Embedded Networking Solutions Manufacturer Relies On Cutting-Edge Technologies
Since its founding in 1992, SERCOMM Corporation has developed simple and affordable broadband networking software and firmware. It has consistently brought revolutionary products to market, including the first wireless print Universal Serial Bus (USB) and parallel servers, Wi-Fi router, USB Wi-Fi print server and Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) solutions, to name a few. It has also won multiple product design awards, and has earned many prestigious accolades, including Deloitte & Touche’s “Asia Pacific Technology Fast 500 Company” 2018 list.

SERCOMM’s mainstream products include Integrated Access Devices (IAD), Fiber to the X (FTTX) products, cable DOCSIS 3.x equipment, small cells, smart home controls, Server Message Block (SMB) products, gateways for enterprise and residences, as well as many Internet of Things (IoT) everyday objects. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, the company’s global network covers markets in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

China’s First Openstack-based Cloud Service Provider, UnitedStack, Joins Our Community
Founded in February 2013 and committed to building united stacks around the world, United Stack Corporation shares Open Invention Network’s charge to promote patent non-aggression in cloud computing and believes its community membership brings great value to both its company and industry.

When the company launched a new generation of OpenStack platform UOS 3.0 in March 2016, it not only made headlines and spiked interest, but proposed the “open source + professional services” approach, redefining conceptions of delivery and the Operation and Maintenance (OM) model of open source cloud solutions.

UnitedStack, Inc.— an engineering-driven, hybrid, open source cloud provider based in China —
delivers production-ready OpenStack products and solutions to various industries, including Internet, energy, finance and manufacturing. Its core product — UnitedStack Operating System (UOS) —integrates core technologies and capacities such as elastic computing, distributed block storage and Software-Defined Networking) (SDN) with unique features, including second-level deployment and online migration. It offers a new generation of cloud infrastructure with more security, reliability and high performance.

Cisco Joins Other Fortune 500 Enterprises by Embracing Open Source Technologies
Cisco Systems, Inc., a worldwide technology leader has contributed to the Internet evolution since 1984 when Len Bosack, and his wife Sandy Lerner, wanted to email each other from their respective Stanford University offices, but the technology didn’t exist. To solve their challenge, the multiprotocol router was born.

Dedicated to proving “amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected,” Cisco recognizes open source projects significantly benefit from others’ contributions, integrates open source technologies into many of its products and solutions and demonstrates its commitment to open source as an Open Invention Network (OIN) member.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cisco manufactures and distributes Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking and related products from 274 offices in 96 countries. It serves a variety of industries, including communications and Information Technology (IT).

Juniper Networks Supports Open Source
Pradeep Sindhu thought a router could be the fundamental building block for a computer network. Based on his belief that creating simplicity through engineering is the highest form of innovation, he started Juniper Networks in 1996. He introduced the company’s first product — the M40 router — in 1998, establishing Juniper as a serious contender in the industry. He held Juniper’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) in April 1999, made it to the NASDAQ exchange in June, setting a first-day, technology sector trading record as “the latest darling of Wall Street.”

Juniper Networks is a community member and a recognized leader in automated, scalable and secure networks with operations in more than 100 countries. An American multinational corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Juniper develops and markets routers, switches, network management software, network security products and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology. Some of the world’s largest wired and wireless carriers, content and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cloud and data center providers, and cable and satellite operators run on Juniper Networks, as do major banks, global financial service organizations, the “World’s Top 10” telecom companies, government and federal agencies, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, energy and utility companies.

NETGEAR Delivers Innovative, Open Source Products, Connecting People and Powering Businesses
NETGEAR, Inc. believes open source firmware represents an excellent way to expand product capabilities, has been an open source advocate for years and an Open Invention Network (OIN) member since 2010. In July 2008, the company introduced its WFR614L router, which was “the world’s first native open-source consumer router,” according to PC Magazine, and noted as the “first out-of-the-box open source router” by other media sources.

Since opening its business in 1996, NETGEAR has turned ideas into fundamental connectivity hardware products — including routers, DSL/cable gateways, switches, wireless access points, network attached storage and security cameras — for consumers, businesses and service providers. Built on proven technologies such as wireless (Wi-Fi and LTE), Ethernet, powerline and open source software, NETGEAR’s products are available in different configurations to address customers’ needs in their geographic region.

Based in San Jose, California, NETGEAR products are sold in roughly 30,000 retail locations around the world, distributed by approximately 25,000 Value-Added Resellers (VAR), and sold through major cable, mobile and wireless service providers.

Mellanox Technologies Drives Open Source Innovation
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. is a multinational supplier of computer networking products which use InfiniBand and Ethernet technologies to connect solutions and services for servers, storage and hyper-converged infrastructures. Products include network and multicore processors, network adapters, switches, cables, software and silicon. Its switch software operates on Linux.

Founded in 1999 in Sunnyvale, California, Mellanox serves a wide range of markets from high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and network security to telecom and financial services. Customers include Airbus, Chevron, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, Intel, JPMorgan, Oracle and Viacom.

A member of our community since 2010, Mellanox contributes to various open source projects, including Multi Chassis Link Aggregation Group (MLAG), Open Compute Project, OpenStack, Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), Puppet and others.

IBM is Open by Design™ and an Open Source Frontrunner
In the most significant 2018 tech acquisition of 2018, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) — one of Open Invention Network’s (OIN) original five founders and investors — acquired Red Hat to become the world’s #1 hybrid cloud provider.

IBM’s history demonstrates its drive for innovation. It created the world’s first computerized punch cards, developed the first heart and lung machine, introduced the predecessor to Artificial Intelligence (AI) with a self-learning program, invented speech recognition software powering Siri, Alexa and Watson, launched the first computer-driven airline reservation system as the precursor of e-Commerce, built the technologies which allowed the first astronauts to land on the moon, revolutionized credit card transactions with magnetic swipe strips, transformed retail with the UPC bar code and developed LASIK surgery technology.

From its work with Linux, Apache and Eclipse to its efforts across all layers of the cloud stack, application development, blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), quantum computing and Machine Learning (ML), IBM’s open source involvement dates back to supporting Linux in the late 1990s. Today, IBM participates in more than 1,000 open source projects and its WebSphere Application Server is more than 70% open source.

  • What the industry is saying…

    With the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) reshaping what is possible in industrial settings— improving productivity, enhancing operational efficiency and increasing customer choice— we view Linux and other open source projects as key enablers in the IIOT. The success of the IIOT is predicated on the ability to connect and manage widely distributed sensors and devices across numerous vertical industries and compute the data effectively on an industrial scale.
    Peter KohlschmidtCTO, Moxa

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