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Packet Design Pushing SDN Path Provisioning
This week, Packet Design says yes with the release of the new Explorer SDN Path Provisioning application. The solution leverages real-time, historical and predictive analytics from the Packet Design Explorer SDN Platform to automate service path computation.

Savvius Launches New Partner Program
Savvius Inc. has launched a new initiative aimed at channel partners who serve enterprises and midsize business customers.

Carbon to Fuel Cableco, IoT Deployments
The OpenDaylight Project this month came out with a new release of its software-defined networking open source platform. This latest iteration, known as Carbon, features enhancements to address cable operator concerns, Internet of Things deployments, and metro Ethernet technology.

Netronome Announces Support for the OPNFV Danube Software Platform
Netronome announced support for the new OPNFV Danube software will be integrated into its Agilio SmartNIC platform to improve networking performance and lower CPU consumption.

Mirantis Newest ONAP Member
Today, Mirantis, a company that provides managed open cloud solutions, announced it joined the Open Network Automation Platform project (ONAP) with the aim of aiding the adoption of open standards for NFV and SDN automation.

SoftBank Leverages FRINX Open Source Distribution
FRINX is providing its OpenDaylight distribution to SoftBank's networks.

Networking Gets Huge New Partnership Effort
NEC / Netcracker joins up with Infinera and Juniper Networks to make huge new partnership effort in network automation and control.

ADTRAN Introduces New CATV FTTH Solution
ADTRAN Inc.'s new Radio Frequency over Glass solution with Optical Beat Interference mitigation allows for the reuse of cable TV infrastructure at the service provider's head-end and at user homes. It also helps CATV multiple system operators ensure quality of service as they transition from hybrid fiber/coax networks to gigabit-speed fiber-to-the-home technology.
6/1/2017 Use of BGP Important Advance for Open Networking has joined the Linux Foundation to promote and advance its project, which uses Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) data for open network monitoring and automation.

NoviWare FlowShaper Delivers Scalable Traffic Management and H-QoS
The launch of NoviWare FlowShaper by NoviFlow delivers a scalable high-capacity traffic management and Hierarchical Quality of Service (H-QoS) solution with low price-performance ratio.

Sprint's C3PO NFV/SDN-Based Mobile Core Reference Solution Now Available
The availability of Sprint's Clean CUPS Core for Packet Optimization (C3PO) open source NFV/SDN based mobile core reference solution will improve network core performance.

Sprint's C3PO NFV/SDN-Based Mobile Core Reference Solution Now Available
The availability of Sprint's Clean CUPS Core for Packet Optimization (C3PO) open source NFV/SDN based mobile core reference solution will improve network core performance.

Centec and DASAN to Help Accelerate Adoption of Open Networking
Centec Networks and DASAN Network Solutions have formed a partnership to develop next generation networking solutions and accelerate the adoption of open-networking technology.

Open Networking Projects are Seeing Higher Memberships
Open networking projects are seeing higher number of new members as more organizations begin to recognize the many benefits of OPNFV and developments in the segment.

New Open Networking Products from Dell EMC Transform IT
A new line of open networking products from Dell EMC is powering the transformation of IT by delivering new digital capabilities while saving costs and delivering faster ROIs.

Champion ONE Announces new Line of Open Network Ethernet Switches
The new line of open network Ethernet switches from Champion ONE will improve software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) functionality by offering high-performance hardware with improvement over legacy solutions.

Edgecore Networks Makes Open Networking Solutions Available for Global Convergence
A new partnership between Edgecore Networks and Global Convergence will make wired and wireless open networking solutions available by supporting virtualization, automation and cloud services.

Ixia Collaborates with CORD Project for Open Networking Adoption
Ixia is collaborating with CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) Project to help ensure data center quality and performance in anticipation of the move to 5G by service providers.

Report: SDN Will Be $70B Market by 2024
The size of the global software-defined networking market will exceed $70 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research Inc.

Pica8 Augments PicOS Network Operating System with Dell Support
The PicOS network operating system gets new support for Dell Ethernet switches, making it more versatile in the field.

Jio and Onap Start Open Networking Project
Jio has joined Onap on a new open networking project.

AT&T Puts Open Source White Box to the Test
AT&T is embracing this notion with arms wide open, as it announced today a successful trial that leverages open source white box switches. The telco utilized multiple vendors, leveraging a common open network operating system over various vendor silicon chips to construct a switch fit to meet its need.

New ONOS Release Drives Open Networking
The latest release of the ONOS Project enters lab and field trial stages, giving open networking a new reason to cheer.

Pica8 Helps Organizations Become More Agile, Open
Pica8 builds optimized network operating system software for white box switches. The software is designed with Layer 2, Layer 3, OpenFlow, and SDN features.

Kaloom Garners $10.7M in Funding
Kaloom Inc. has closed $10.7 million in a Series A funding round. The Kaloom Flow Fabric allows virtual network functions to run at scale using commodity hardware and merchant silicon, resulting in lower costs, improved performance, and ultra-low latency.

The Rise of the White Box in Web-scale Networking
The push toward software running on white boxes is changing how networks are architected and managed to meet the stringent demands of Web-scale networking.

Centec Networks Pushes Open Networking Options
Centec Networks adds new support for Microsoft's Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) platform, built around Open Compute Project (OCP) systems.

Voyager Shines in Sweden with Successful Trial
Facebook is evolving to become far more than social media. Its popularity as a social network is unparalleled, but its foray into networking is proving equally successful. Voyager is the industry's first white box and routing solution made available to members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and earlier this month it was put to the test.

Open Networking Foundation Plans SDN, NFV Future
A new roadmap emerges from the Open Networking Foundation, which describes the near-term future of both SDN and NFV operations.

Edgecore Networks' Open Networking Push Adds New Designs
Edgecore Networks recently offered new designs for open networking, including new switches, open Wi-Fi access points, and more.

UNH-IOL Promotes Open Networking with ONIE Logo Certification Program
The launch of a certified Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) Logo Certification Program by University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will promote interoperability in open networking.

Cord Project's Open Networking Moves Include xRAN Foundation
Cord Project adds xRAN Foundation's work in radio access networks to create further advancement in the open networking field.

ECOMP, OPEN-O Orchestration Efforts to Merge
ECOMP and Open Orchestrator Project (or OPEN-O) will be merged under the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project of The Linux Foundation. AT&T, Amdocs, Bell Canada, Cisco, China Telecom, China Mobile, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, VMware, Tech Mahindra, and ZTE are the founding members of ONAP.

Open Innovation Pipeline Looks to Stop Open Networking Proprietary Solutions
Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has unveiled Open Innovation Pipeline (OIP) along with Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) to stop vendors that are using open source platforms from building propriety solutions as both organizations continue to strengthen open source SDN, NFV and cloud initiatives.

Companies Working on 5G Networking
Radisys and China Unicom are collaborating on 5G networking implementation.

Luxar Tech's Leap Forward in Open Networking
Luxar Tech shows off a new advance in open networking: a 100G Network Packet Broker that can offer scalable network monitoring.

Open Networking's Future Poised to Unify
Two separate forces in the field of open networking-the ONF and ON.Lab-are set to join forces under a new agreement.

The DOE Forms Cybersecurity Team With Open Networking Specs
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the formation of a cybersecurity team to lower its exposure to cyberattacks at industrial and utility mission-critical networks with open networking specification using OpenFlow.

SnapRoute Lands Funding to Push Open Networking
SnapRoute takes in $25 million funding round in a new push to drive open networking forward.

Big Switch Networks Drives Open Networking Push
Big Switch Networks adds a new set of capabilities for its Big Cloud Fabric system, lending new capacity to open networking operations.

Avaya Wins TMC SDN Award
Technology Marketing Corp. has presented Avaya with its 2016 SDN Product of the Year Award. The vendor received the accolade for the Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare solution.

Avaya Wins TMC SDN Award
Technology Marketing Corp. has presented Avaya with its 2016 SDN Product of the Year Award. The vendor received the accolade for the Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare solution.

Calix Lifts Curtain on Software-Defined Access
Service providers already have their backs against the wall as a result of the barrage of OTT services in recent years, so the operational challenges and expense of introducing new services can be quite prohibitive. This week, Calix, Inc. announced a new software-defined offering set to speed up new service delivery and reduce time in the testing lab, BSS and OSS integration and certification - AXOS Sandbox.

Cumulus Express Accelerates Web-scale Networking with Open Networking
Cumulus Networks announces its first turn-key deployment offering with Cumulus Express to accelerate Web-scale networking with 1G through 100G hardware and open networking software.

Taiwanese University Deploys SDN and Open Networking with Brocade
Feng Chia University has deployed Brocade's solutions to leverage SDN and open networking technology to deliver new network services for the institution.

Barefoot Networks Adds Partners to Open Networking
With a substantial investment package behind it, Barefoot Networks sets up new partnerships to drive open networking capability forward.

Dell EMC Introduces Two New Open Networking Switches
Dell EMC is expanding its portfolio of Open Networking switches with the N3132PX-ON and N2128PX-ON that will deliver 2.5 and 5 Gbps capabilities.

VMware Becomes Part of the Open Networking Movement by Joining OPEN-O
VMware becomes part of OPEN-O as a platinum member to increase the adoption of open networking solutions with standards-based orchestration for SDN and NFV.

Advanced Network Monitoring an Intuitive Part of SDN Deployments
SDN and SD-WAN deployments are on the rise and are intuitively autonomous and intelligent, making them an ideal fit for advanced network monitoring and management.

Lanner's New Hardware Bolsters Open Networking
Lanner rolls out a line of white box hardware tools meant to improve open networking operations and drive NFVi deployments.

Cumulus Networks Steps Up Open Networking
Cumulus Networks steps up its open networking operations with the new Cumulus Linux 3.2.

Cisco Expands Opportunities for Open Networking
Cisco introduces a cloud-scale networking solution to support open networking for service provider clients.

AT&T, Ciena, Fujitsu Test Open ROADM
AT&T has been engaged in an Open ROADM interoperability field trial with Ciena and Fujitsu. Like Facebook with its Voyager effort, this carrier effort aims to make optical networking more open and agile.

AT&T, Ciena, Fujitsu Test Open ROADM
AT&T has been engaged in an Open ROADM interoperability field trial with Ciena and Fujitsu. Like Facebook with its Voyager effort, this carrier effort aims to make optical networking more open and agile.

Bell Canada Buttresses its Open Networking
Bell Canada works to address new open networking options by testing AT&T's ECOMP platform in SDN functions.

ZTE Passes PoC Test With Open Networking Foundation
The ZTE NR8000 Microware has passed Open Networking Foundation's wireless proof of concept (PoC) test with software defined networking (SDN) along with the participation of several vendors.

Radisys Supplies New Open Networking Specification
Open networking has a new ally today as Radisys' CG-OpenRack-19 specification gained acceptance from the Open Compute Project.

Pica8, Cloudistics Step Up Open Networking
A new combined effort between Cloudistics and Pica8 means new advances for open networking in large-scale infrastructure projects.

Comcast Steps Into Open Networking Projects
Comcast joins up with ON.Lab, adding new weight to open networking and to its own projects.

Brocade Provides Quanta With Software-Defined Networking
Brocade provides Quanta Computer with networking technology so it can deploy Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to bring its manufacturing facilities together.

Pica8 Poised to Make a Splash in Several New Technologies
Pica8 to drive open networking advancements as part of new Inventec options.

Flexibility or Performance? Netronome Delivers Both
Marc Andressen famously noted years back that software is eating the world, and today we are seeing this in the growing adoption of burgeoning technologies like NFV and SDN. While adoption grows as a result of software's flexible and cost-saving nature, with every decision comes consequences, and in regard to virtualization it tends to take shape in performance.

Centec, EmbedWay Partner on 10GE SDN White Box
Centec and EmbedWay have come together to deliver a 10GE SDN white box. This is important because open networking and white boxes are gaining traction with businesses and service providers.

Metro Networks About to Get a Shot of SDN / NFV with New Coalition Project
Brain4Net, Edgecore Networks, NoviFlow team up to deliver new SDN / NFV solution proof of concept.

ADTRAN-Spirent PoC Fully Automates the On-boarding Process for 10G Services
The complexities of information and communication technologies is responsible for limiting a wider adoption of solutions that are essential for many organizations. Simplifying the process of deploying, operating and maintaining new technologies can increase the number of users while at the same time giving them the confidence to address issues that can affect the quality of service. As part of the MEF16 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase, ADTRAN and Spirent demonstrated the future of user driven services of fully automated provisioning and assurance of Carrier Ethernet (CE) services over SDN-controlled NG-PON2 networks.

Mellanox Aims to Enable Rapid Prototyping with New OpenNPU SDK
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. now offers a software development kit and is launching a university program in an effort to move open and software-defined networking forward.

SnapRoute and Dell EMC Increase Contribution to Advance OpenSwitch Project
The OpenSwitch is a Linux Foundation project established to bring together contributors that are focused on a full-featured networking operating system and control plane built on Linux. The goal of the project is to enable the transition to disaggregated networks in an ecosystem that encourages collaboration for top developers and companies so they can accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. By announcing they will increase their contribution to the OpenSwitch project, SnapRoute and Dell EMC will push for the advancement of a complete open source network operating system (NOS).

ONUG: 2017 Will Be the Tipping Point for SD-WAN
The Open Networking User Group at ONUG Fall 2016 proclaimed 2017 as the year in which SD-WAN solutions will go mainstream.

Big Switch Networks Makes Big Jump to UK
For those hoping to see Big Switch Network cross the pond to the U.K., your wish is about to come true thanks to a set of new contacts, a sound base of paying customers, and a market that's clearly eager for more software-defined networking (SDN) services. This is a development that will likely prove concerning to Cisco, who has held the whip hand in the application centric infrastructure (ACI) business in the region for some time.

Working Toward More Accessible and User-Friendly Public Cloud Infrastructure
Making public cloud infrastructure more user friendly for enterprises was at the top of the agenda at the recent Open Networking User Group (ONUG) annual fall meeting. The group, which created a new Hybrid Cloud Working Group earlier this year, is working to help public cloud vendors better meet the needs of customers from a usability perspective.

Netronome Introduces Express Virtio
Netronome is now in betas with Express Virtio versions of its Agilio OVS, Agilio OVS Firewall, and Agilio vRouter. Production versions of the software are slated for availability in the fourth quarter of this year or first quarter of next year.

SDN Pioneers Partner to Push Adoption & Innovation
Software Defined Networking is surging currently. Curiosity in this burgeoning technology is resulting in high levels of development, pushing the line of what is capable in today's networking environment. As a result of this growing interest and expanding adoption two pioneers in this arena joined forces to accelerate the SDN push.

Infinera Establishes Interoperability with OIF, ONF Memberships
Interoperability is a wonderful thing, and generally for every side of the equation. Not only do businesses get more access to new components and equipment, but those who supply such materials get access to more markets. Recently, Infinera opened up its own borders with a new interoperability connection, joining both the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Pica8 Puts You in the Driver Seat with Industry First Implementation
Market leadership is no small task. It leaves no room for resting on laurels, especially in regard to technology. As we watch software development take center stage with SDN and the like, to remain ahead of the competition is much easier said than done. One firm, focused on leading way, Pica8, announced the first OpenFlow 1.5 implementation for white box switching this week.

NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology Reveal NaaS Solution
Generating new sources of revenue for traditional communication service providers (CSP's) is becoming increasingly more difficult. One of the ways CSP's are overcoming this hurdle is by introducing new products to market much faster via virtualized network infrastructure. The availability of the Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solution from NEC Corporation and Netcracker Technology will, according to the companies, help service providers generate new revenue in both B2B and residential markets.

Mellanox Offers Linux Kernel Driver on Spectrum Switches
Mellanox Technologies Ltd. now offers a standard Linux kernel driver for its Open Ethernet, Spectrum switches.

Coriant Prepares New Platforms to Show Off
Interoperability is one of the greatest selling points around for just about any piece of software or hardware. The knowledge that a new system of any sort will work well with what's currently in place can be a great calming measure to those concerned about bringing in new material. Coriant is set to join in a new demonstration of interoperability itself, bringing out a couple of platforms to help demonstrate interoperability in an Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) setting.

Black Duck CTO Talks Open Source, Security at AstriCon
Businesses have broadly embraced open source, enabling greater opportunity to add new functionality to applications. But organizations need to pay attention to the security of this software and be proactive in addressing vulnerabilities when they come to light.

Fortinet Establishes Fabric-Ready Partner Program
A dozen companies have signed on to participate in Fortinet's new Fabric-Ready Partner Program, the company announced this week. That includes Brocade, Carbon Black, Centrify, Nozomi Networks, Palerra, Pulse Secure, Qualys Inc., Tufin, UBIqube, VeriSign Inc., WhiteHat Security, and Ziften.

Inocybe Announces Fremium OpenDaylight Solution
Inocybe Technologies today announced that it is providing free access to a community version of its Open Networking Platform. As a result, users can create customized OpenDaylight distributions from one of the recipe-based use cases in the platform. The company is apparently using the free version as a means to drive potential uptake of its subscription-based services.

STORDIS, Edgecore Networking Driving New European Front for Open Networking
Open networking has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of years, and driving that growth is a slate of moves like those found recently between Edgecore Networking and STORDIS. This new combined effort is set to give the duo a whole new push into the European marketplace.

Ecode Networks Helps Open Up SDN with New Training, Certification Courses
While software defined networking (SDN) hasn't made quite the splash of its close cohort in the field, network functions virtualization (NFV), there's little doubt that it's gained its share of ground over the last couple of years and is becoming a bigger part of operations. Finding people qualified to work with SDN is proving difficult on some fronts, and Ecode Networks is out to make it a little easier with a newly-launched SDN training and certification course.

Orange Turning to AT&T for Open Source Help in SDN Development
Software-defined networking (SDN) is on a rise, and though it's not quite as fast-rising as its direct cohort network functions virtualization (NFV), it's still got a lot of upward momentum behind it. One of the world's great names in mobile networks, Orange, is turning to another great, AT&T, for a little open source help in driving its own SDN operations via AT&T's Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform.

Inocybe Unleashes OpenDaylight Offering, Announces Solaris Support
The OpenDaylight platform from Inocybe is now available and supports Oracle Solaris, the company announced the week.

As Telcos Struggle to Profitability, Change is a Must
No company wants to be in a market where traffic is increasing, yet revenues are on a steady decline. Unfortunately, that is the state of reality for too many telcos. If change is not an option, many will find it hard to remain relevant and profitable. In a market where open networking and content creation are king, it's time for telcos to make a change.

Mellanox Integrates Cumulus Linux OS in Ethernet Switches
Cumulus Networks' Linux 3.1 is now supported on four new Ethernet switch platforms from Mellanox Technologies Ltd. That, the companies say, will provide users of these switches with the ability to benefit from web-scale IT efficiencies, better packet performance, and strong predictability.

Serro Partners with Inocybe Technologies for OpenDaylight SDN Deployments
High-speed mobile broadband services continue to put pressure on CSPs and network operators as they face increasing capital and operational expenditures (CapEx and OpEx). The industry as a whole is looking to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) to lower the total cost of ownership, as well as the CapEx and OpEx. As more organizations adopt NFV and SDN, resources such as the OpenDaylight Project (ODL) become that much more important to follow standards across the board to effectively use the technology.

Pluribus Puts Virtualization-Centric Fabric on Display
The cloud and virtualization are not passing fads; as a matter of fact, they are here for the long haul. As firms continue to move toward digital transformation, these burgeoning areas of development prove indispensible. Industry events prove exceptional mediums for demonstrating innovation in the space, and as is the case since its inception, VMworld continues to prove to be a bastion of announcements, innovation and excitement.

Arizona State University Selects Brocade to Power Research Initiatives
As the largest public university by enrollment, Arizona State University (ASU) had more than 82,000 students in 2014. When you add faculty and other staff members, the network needed to deliver information and communications technology services is practically that of a small city, but with the added requirements for facilities that conduct highly resource intensive research. In order to ensure the universities innovative research projects don't encounter network related problems, Brocade has been selected to deploy ASU's software-defined network (SDN).

PLUMgrid's New CloudSecure System Means Better Protection for Cloud-Based Systems
With cloud-based systems' use increasingly on the rise throughout the business community, it's not a great leap to note that we need better security on those systems to help ensure the data contained therein doesn't fall into the wrong hands. PLUMgrid has one terrific new option for those putting containers and OpenStack cloud systems to work in its recently-launched CloudSecure system.

Open vSwitch Joins Linux Foundation and Takes Prominent Role in Network Transformation
The march toward open source technologies and solutions has become pervasive in the networking world as developers look for new ways to improve network speeds and efficiencies. The open source virtual switch initiative, Open vSwitch (OVS), is one of the key networking solutions, designed to help networking keep pace with cloud computing and virtualization initiatives.

Pica8 Picks Stordis for European Distribution
The power of choice is something special in today's vendor driven networking environment. Once merchant hardware is in place, a firm should be able to build a network to support traffic needs, and have the scalability to meet demand over time. A prominent player in Software Defined Network (SDN) Solutions, Pica8 provides customizable application performance via its Linux-based PicOS network operating system, and today announced its selection of Stordis to serve as its European distributor.

Centrify Joins Open Network Insight Security Project
For more than 10 years, Centrify has built software that allows businesses to manage individuals' network identities. It has even created a cloud computing service for that task that can reach across multiple networks and centralize management of such locations.

Huawei Launches Four Linked Cloud Open Labs to Accelerate Telco Cloud Migration
The demand for access by consumers and organizations alike is pushing telecoms to migrate to a virtualized infrastructure that is better able to address the complete digital transformation that is taking place. Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, is front and center in its views regarding this issue which has led the company to build open labs to accelerate the cloud migration by telcos.

Open Source CORD Project Brings Telecom to the Cloud Using SDN and NFV
The impact of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) in the communications space has been profound. Networks are being re-architected using a software-defined model, the structure of the data center has been overhauled, and enterprises are getting in on the game, adopting SD-WAN solutions and services at a rapid rate.

Raspberry Pi Proves Great Basis for SolidRun's New Open Networking Kit
Raspberry Pi may sound like a great dessert for a warm summer night, but for the technologically-savvy, it means a lot more than a tasty fruit pastry. It means great potential, potential SolidRun out of Israel used to great effect in recently creating its own open networking kit inspired by the technology.

ONOS Project Introduces Leaf-Spine Fabric for Software-Centric World
Software-centric data centers can now be much higher performance and more scalable due to a new open source, white box-based leaf-spine fabric made available by the ONOS Project. This is considered an industry first, and CORD will be among its first applications.

Open Networking User Group to Deliver Vision of Open Infrastructure
The rapid developments in IT are impressive, but often times many organizations, especially SMBs, are not able to take advantage of the opportunities they offer because of the complexities associated with them. The segment is so far-reaching, it is almost impossible for any one given entity or individual to keep track of the latest developments, and more importantly apply them to their particular needs. The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) is a community of IT executives who have come together to create a business value by enabling more choice and options for IT business leaders by supporting open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions.

Pica8 Newest Member of HPE SDN Ecosystem
If you haven't noticed, software is eating the world. Rigid, costly and inefficient hardware is giving way to a software-based reality, which is already displaying a multitude of benefits to IT departments everywhere. With success in the data center, enterprise and beyond in its brief but distinguished history, software-defined networking (SDN) is revolutionizing networking. This week, Pica8 and HPE made it a little easier to make your own custom, open, leading edge applications, as Pica8 is the newest member of the HPE SDN ecosystem.

AT&T Throws Open the Curtains, Reveals Network Playbook to Open Source Community
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." That old quote from Isaac Newton may seem like false modesty-Newton wasn't exactly a slouch in the field-but he had a point about how science builds from the successes of the previous generation. That's a quote that a lot of developers will be turning to now that a giant in the field, AT&T, has turned its "network playbook" into an open source property.