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Outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, endorsing a new campaign to ensure use of the OpenDocument format ...Full Story
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Linux Foundation Announces Major Network Functions Virtualization Project
Standards Blog - September 30, 2014:
The list includes many familiar names. At the highest (Platinum) level, there are seventeen, including AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone. The 21 Silver level members include Alcatel-Lucent, ARM, Broadcom, CableLabs, Citrix, ClearPath Networks, Orange, Sprint and Wind River.
The collaboration of such a broad array of stakeholders from the start is important for another reason: carrier grade software must be unusually robust, and the ability to rigorously test the…
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Huge Channel Partnership Advances Open Source Software-Based Data Center
The Var Guy – September 30, 2014: The Linux Foundation has announced the Open Platform for NFV Project, an initiative with broad support from industry partners that will implement open source, software-defined solutions for networking, storage, cloud and other infrastructure....OPNFV complements what the Linux Foundation is already doing through the OpenDaylight project, which is building an open source software-defined networking (SDN) platform with broad support from industry partners. The NFV initiative will create solutions that virtualize other parts of network communications, making it possible to implement a network that is fully software-based and open source....OPNFV already has the backing of a remarkably long list of big names in the server, cloud computing, storage and communications world that have signed on as founding members....Readers may notice that not all of those companies traditionally have had a strong relationship with the open source community (though some certainly have). The fact that the Linux Foundation has been able to assemble such a broad and diverse base of support is a sign of how committed the channel is to transitioning from hardware- to software-based infrastructure while also keeping standards open. If there was ever a question about what open source software's role will be in the future, here's a big part of the answer. ...Full Story
Open NFV Group Uncloaks Its Platform Plan
Light Reading – September 30, 2014: The Linux Foundation today made its long-awaited formal announcement of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), promising to deliver a carrier-grade, open source reference architecture as a means of speeding up NFV deployment. The group's initial focus will be on developing the NFV infrastructure and virtualized infrastructure management, two key pieces not already under development, and is promising its initial results in the first half of 2015.
OPNFV, which includes some but not all of the pioneering telecom operators behind the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) group which created NFV as a concept, was first discussed publicly last spring, but has been holding its cards close to the vest on details until today. In briefings in advance of the announcement, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said the new organization will build on existing open source projects, including OpenDaylight , Linux and OpenStack , but will be significantly different from those in its intent.... ...Full Story
An open source networking ecosystem shapes up
TechTarget – September 30, 2014: Open source networking is becoming a reality now that standards bodies, vendors and development communities are working together. Yet these players face a slew of challenges.
Open source software, increasingly influential in the IT industry, is poised to significantly impact enterprise and telecom networking. A number of open source networking groups, including the Open Networking Foundation, OpenDayLight, OpenStack, and most recently Open NFV, have the potential to accelerate innovation in the networking industry.
With open source networking, ISVs will be able to develop a wide range of new networking services and applications, and users can custom design their infrastructure based on individual need.... ...Full Story
France appoints Chief Data Officer
EU Joinup – September 30, 2014: France is the first country to appoint a Chief Data Officer (Administrateur Général des Données, AGD), to ensure open data reaches its full potential in improving government services. On 17 September, France appointed Henri Verdier, director of Etalab, which runs the Inter-ministerial open portal, data.gouv.fr. Verdier is to coordinate government actions aimed at inventorying, governing, producing, circulating and using government data. With the CDO, France aims to enhance evaluation of government policies, increase government openness and boost research and innovation.
"The use of data is at the heart of the digital revolution", Etalab writes in its announcement. "The wealth of data generated by the state needs data science to allow informed public policies." The team behind the data.gouv.fr portal expects the new position to create new opportunities for open data initiatives.... ...Full Story
Open document formats campaign backed by Europe's digital commissioner
PC World – September 29, 2014: European government agencies should adopt open document formats in their dealings with citizens, outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has urged.
"I know a smart business decision when I see one—choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed," Kroes said in a statement on the website of the FixMyDocuments campaign, of which she was among the first backers earlier this week.
"When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use a particular company's technology to access government information. No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first," she wrote. ...Full Story
IEEE standards group wants to bring order to Internet of Things
ComputerWorld – September 29, 2014: The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially started work on in July, would form a framework for interoperability among connected devices and related applications in home automation, industrial systems, telematics and all other sectors that are expected to use IoT in the coming years....IDC analyst Michael Palma, who also spoke at the workshop, counted seven industry groups plus the IEEE that are working in this area....the P2413 Working Group...doesn't want to replace existing IoT groups. Rather it aims to create a standard architecture so IoT systems for all industries can work together.... ...Full Story
WatersWorks – September 24, 2014: Ian Skerrett is probably best known for his role at the Eclipse Foundation as vice president of marketing, but for the past two-plus years he's also been leading the Eclipse effort to foster an open-source community around the Internet of Things (IoT).
"If you look at the Internet today, it's run on open source," Skerrett told me. "Linux, Apache and open standards like HTTP are the building blocks. If we're really going to get an Internet of Things, we need a set of core building blocks that anyone can use to develop commercial or internal solutions."
Eclipse IoT now includes 15 projects collectively aiming to reduce the complexity of developing IoT/M2M solutions.... Eclipse IoT's protocol efforts are focused on providing open-source implementations of Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), which is designed to connect "physical world devices" and networks with applications and middleware; CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol), which is a protocol specialized for use with constrained nodes and networks; and OMA LightweightM2M (LWM2M), which is an industry standard for device management of M2M/IoT devices.
A complete list of Eclipse IoT projects is available on the Foundation Web site... ...Full Story
AXIe Consortium Announces a New AXIe Specification for Low-Cost Instrumentation and Switching
AXLe Consortium – September 24, 2014: The AXIe Consortium announced a new specification, AXIe-0, suitable for low-cost instrumentation and switching. Titled "Low Cost Instrument and Switch Architecture," AXIe-0 retains the module size and board area of the current AXIe-1 Base Architecture, while delivering a cost effective platform for vendors and users not needing the full capability of AXIe-1.... ...Full Story
Matrix wants to smash the walled gardens of messaging
CiteWorld – September 23, 2014: There are too many messaging apps. If you're like me, you talk to your friends on Google Hangouts during the workday but Facebook Messenger at night, with the occasional Snapchat message -- not to mention that team CITEworld communicates over AOL Instant Messenger, which is actually a thing that still exists even though it's no longer 2002. It can be a real pain to remember who you talked to and on what chat network.
Enter Matrix, a proposed open source standard that wants to make instant messaging, voice, and video chat as interoperable as email and as slick as Slack. Matrix is still new -- it launched to the public two weeks ago, and not a single messaging service supports it yet -- but it has a grand vision for the open future of messaging.... ...Full Story
New standard for ZigBee remotes makes friends with connected homes
TechHive – September 23, 2014: ...On Tuesday, the ZigBee Alliance announced the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard, which could become the foundation for remotes that control an entire house full of networked appliances. Among other things, a remote built with ZRC 2.0 will be able to send commands directly to networks of ZigBee-connected devices such as heating, air conditioning, lights, home monitoring devices and security systems.
ZigBee is one of several wireless protocols that are starting to connect so-called smart appliances and consumer electronics in homes. Others include Z-Wave, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and 6LoWPAN, the system underlying the Thread specification. Though some types of connected home devices are starting to generate interest, in the short run, having so many wireless protocols to talk to them could make it more difficult for consumers to adopt the new gadgets.... ...Full Story
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