PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today announced that 24 qualified SDN startup companies have joined the organization since its establishment of a startup membership category in January 2014. This new membership category was created to encourage innovation and help startup organizations become more actively involved in building a competitive open SDN ecosystem.
To qualify for the ONF startup membership category, an organization must be within two years of its incorporation. Membership fees for startup companies are reduced from $30,000 a year to $1,000 a year with no difference in membership privileges.
“ONF launched the startup membership category earlier this year to enable contributions from a wider range of SDN organizations for the ultimate benefit of end users,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “Startup organizations offer new, out-of-the box thinking to networking. Bringing them into ONF drives a new level of innovation, helping to advance commercialization and adoption of open SDN.”
ONF startup membership began with six companies when the category was announced in January 2014 – Criterion Networks India Pvt. Ltd., Corsa Technology, GuardiCore Ltd., Konodrac, Tallac Networks, and Xinguard Inc. Eighteen additional startup SDN organizations are now participating in ONF. Among these are Blue Ocean Networks Pty LTD, Friesty, Gencore Systems, GreeNet, Intelliment Security, Saisei, Sanctum Networks Ltd, SDN Essentials, Stormvium, and xNet Technologies Inc.
Creation of the ONF startup membership category has been met with great enthusiasm, and quotes from these member companies can be found at: https://www.opennetworking.org/news-and-events/press-releases/1580-open-networking-foundation-welcomes-24-startup-member-companies-in-6-months.
For more information regarding ONF startup membership, please visit https://www.opennetworking.org/membership/startup-members. A full listing of ONF member companies can be accessed at https://www.opennetworking.org/membership/member-listing.
Launched in 2011 by Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, and Yahoo!, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a growing nonprofit organization with more than 140 members whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of open SDN. ONF promotes open SDN and OpenFlow technologies and standards while fostering a vibrant market of products, services, applications, customers, and users. For further details visit the ONF website at: http://www.opennetworking.org.