As core network virtualization technologies go, it’s hard to imagine one that is more strategic than Open vSwitch (OVS). OVS is now the network foundation for most VMware environments and deployments of OpenStack. Because of that dual role it’s only natural that OVS would become an open source project managed by The Linux Foundation, which means a new Open vSwitch future is taking shape.
With so many vendors building platforms based on OVS technology that wavs owned by VMware, there was always going to be some concern over who is setting the OVS agenda. Becoming a Linux Foundation open source project takes that issue off the table.
“We wanted to make the process a little more formal,” says Justin Pettit, a senior staff engineer for VMware. “Customers now don’t have to be worried about being locked into a virtual switch.”
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