The Open Networking Foundation‘s (ONF) new program enables supply chain vendors to embed their products for ongoing test and compliance certification with ONF’s open-source software projects. ONF is also collaborating with Open Compute Project to promote OCP-recognized open hardware in ONF solutions. It will allow end-users to find the best way to assemble world-class solutions leveraging both open hardware and open software components.
Test and certification challenge
ONF is responding to member and market needs to reimagine certification testing in the age of Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD) and cloud software development. ONF also announced that Continuous Certification (CC) Program leverages the ever-evolving testing framework for each project.
ONF will be publishing certified hardware and software BOMs (bill-of-materials) to smooth adoption of ONF platforms and broaden the ecosystem of hardware and software components compatible with ONF software distributions. Timon Sloane, Vice President of Marketing & Ecosystem for the ONF said,
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“The increasing speed at which operator-driven open source and SDN network deployments has been moving over the past few years mandates a certification program that is designed to run several times faster than conventional certification processes. The ONF is in a singular position to offer this testing, and our Continuous Certification Program is further enhanced when testing is performed by engineers who have hands-on familiarity with the ONF’s Reference Design platforms. Our Continuous Certification program is also consistent with the industry migration to cloud-native testing and automation, and increases the velocity of innovation and value provided to our members.”