Linux Foundation Brings Together Industry Leaders to Advance Cloud Object …

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CA Technologies Joins Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project to Advance Innovation on the Mainframe.

NEW YORK, Aug 17, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CA Technologies CA, +0.87% today announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project.The Linux Foundation and PLUMgrid today announced an alliance of hardware manufacturers, Linux distribution vendors and others that aims to advance Linux networking and virtualization for modern data centers.Moving to create a more common base of network virtualization technologies for Linux IT vendors to collaborate on, the Linux Foundation today announced the formation of the IO Visor Project, whose aim is to create a neutral forum for development of an open, programmable data plane for modern networking environments.

Early supporters of the project, announced at the three Linux Foundation conferences taking place this week in Seattle, include Barefoot Networks, Broadcom, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, PlumGrid, and Suse. Well, large institutions with massive workloads do, and Linux Foundation just made it even easier for such corporates and institutions to use mainframes for their computing needs — by announcing ‘Open Mainframe Project’.

The trend in compute, storage and networking is toward virtualization, and PLUMgrid argues that I/O and networking subsystems need to keep up, especially when it comes to Internet of Things applications. In fact, IBM itself announced a new partnership with Canonical today, wherein the two companies are teaming to build one running Ubuntu Linux, the new unit being named as the LinuxOne. The growth of Linux on the mainframe, coupled with its potential, validates the need that all companies should be educated on this option so they can make the right choices for workload placement in the Application Economy.

Specifically, the project is expected to lead to the creation of programmable distributed data and forwarding plane with dynamic IO modules that can be loaded and unloaded in-kernel at runtime without recompilation. IBM, as a part of this initiative and its role of being the big brother in mainframes, is contributing a mssive 250,000 lines of codes already, to this new project. Conspicuously absent from the open source network virtualization project, however, are a host of networking vendors that have already committed to building their own distributed SDN technologies, including VMware, Microsoft, HP, Juniper Networks, Dell, IBM, and just about every major telecommunications carrier.

From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. The degree to which any Linux-centric project can address the inherent cross-platform requirements associated with the development of a programmable data and forward plane remains to be seen. Well. frankly, I am myself not much into mainframes (its like, a work for really really core-tech guys !), but what I can infer from various media sentiments and Linux’s initiative, is the fact that the foundation is looking to attract the current, new generation of developers into core mainframe development work. At least theoretically, vendors participating in the project should be able to leverage economies of scale to compete more effectively against rivals that don’t participate, thereby forcing rivals to follow their technology lead. This is primarily because the current crop of devs, while have been developing super awesome applications and tools, are not really into mainframes (the first line of this post is pretty much an expression to this argument).

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