Hear from our Founding Members

Barefoot has collaborated with Google and ONF to showcase P4-programmable Tofino Ethernet switches running Google’s tor.p4 program controlled by the ONOS controller via P4 Runtime in October, and now, as a founding member of the Stratum project, Barefoot is excited to see the industry support behind the project continue to grow, Barefoot is a pioneer in taking the concepts of Software-Defined Networking all the way to the forwarding plane with P4 and P4-programmable Tofino series of Ethernet switches enabling radical new use cases for Hyperscalers, Service Providers and Enterprises. We are quite thrilled to be one of the founding members of the NG-SDN initiative and Stratum project creating a complete,  scalable, end-to-end solution for network operators enabling them to achieve the scale and agility that will be required to deliver next-generation solutions and services.

Ed DoeVP of Product,
Strategy and Business at Barefoot Networks

Stratum marks an important milestone for the networking industry, and will help to further accelerate adoption of open networks. Leveraging Open Network Linux as a foundational NOS component within Stratum enables seamless and rapid on-boarding of multi-vendor open networking hardware platforms. We look forward to our continued close collaboration and continued partnership with ONF to realize its mission to drive network transformation

Prashant GandhiChief Product Officer & VP of Product Management
Big Switch Networks.

Cavium is excited to join Stratum project as its’ founding member. As a pioneer in programmable switching, Cavium’s XPliant packet architecture fully supports the Stratum project in both thin and thick mode.

Eric Hayes VP/GM Switch Platform Group

China Unicom is very excited to be a founding member of the Stratum project, and to work together with industry partners to contribute to this new open source community. We envision that the Stratum platform will effectively accelerate network transformation and help us to reduce network total costs. As one of the largest operators in the world, China Unicom will actively participate in the Stratum project and introduce more open source technologies to facilitate network transformation and service innovation.

Xiongyan TangChief Scientist of Network Technology Research Institute
China Unicom

Delta is honored and proud to be a founding member and participant with the Stratum(TM) Initiative. As a leading provider of ICT infrastructure solutions committed to innovation and sustainability, Delta will leverage our expertise in R&D and manufacturing to develop superior open-source networking software and hardware equipment capable of enhancing our customers’ competitiveness.

David FermorVice President of Engineering, ICTBG
Delta Electronics Americas

Edgecore Networks has been delivering white box switches to data center, telecom and enterprise network operators for years, enabled by our collaboration in open communities including OCP, TIP, and ONF CORD. We look forward to working with the Stratum Project to make available fully programmable network solutions addressing a broader range of use cases and network operators.

George Tchaparian CEO
Edgecore Networks

Google runs its network based on SDN control of a broad array of hardware switches managed through a well-defined specification for switch programming and control. We are pleased to collaborate with the ONF and contribute to Stratum as an open source project for a well-defined API supporting hardware innovation and SDN interoperability in the largest enterprise cloud deployments. With Stratum, large companies have a new option for building smarter and more reliable networks.

Amin VahdatGoogle Fellow and Technical Lead for networking
Google Cloud

Mellanox is pleased to be a founding member of Stratum project, which aligns with our vision of open and programmable networking. As an industry leader we are committed to contributing to open source networking communities including Linux, OVS, DPDK, OpenStack, SwitchDev, and CORD. We see Stratum NOS as a continuation of this commitment to advance open SDN innovation. Our highly reliable, scalable and flexible Spectrum Ethernet switch technology provides the ideal agility and programmability to transform legacy data centers to open, SDN platform architectures, able to leverage popular programmable data plane paradigms, including P4. Our intelligent, high performance, and end-to-end cloud networking solutions are the key to achieving efficient virtualized software and services for programmable fabrics, edge computing, NFV and cloud native applications.

Dror Goldenbergvice president software architecture
Mellanox Technologies.

The Stratum project is expected to accelerate generalization of network equipment toward establishing highly reliable networks that respond to a wide range of needs

Arata ItohHead of Network Service Systems Laboratories

Today, we take it for granted that network operators choose and customize the control plane software for their network; the largest cloud providers and service providers have made the leap already.  Stratum takes things one step further and hands them the keys to the forwarding plane too. I believe the network should be as easy to program as a server. By lifting protocols out of hardware and into software, we will unleash a Cambrian explosion of innovation in networking, just as we have seen in compute. Because of its use of P4Runtime, Stratum opens the door for every network operator to tailor their network to best meet their needs, while benefiting from a rich open-source ecosystem and a choice of silicon providers.

Nick McKeownProfessor at Stanford University
and co-founder of the ONF

Stratum is filling a number of critical gaps to fulfill the ultimate vision of SDN. It makes the data plane easily interchangeable as well as exposing full programmability of the forwarding behavior.  This will make available a breadth of choice for operators, and ultimately enables unbounded innovation.

Guru ParulkarExecutive Director

QCT has been embracing and promoting open source standards and technologies over the span of our company’s history. We truly believe that openness is the best suited strategy for consideration by the Telco industry. QCT, as a 5G infrastructure solution provider, is honored to join the Stratum Open Source Project as one of its founding members because we share the same mutual vision. With the launch of the Stratum Platform, this new NG-SDN initiative will completely redefine forwarding behavior as well as manage all the configurations and operational aspects of the data plane and bring efficient disaggregation of the control plane and data plane to an unprecedented level.

Mike YangPresident

Ruijie Networks is honored to participate in the Stratum project as a founding member. A fully programmable data plane is an important technology innovation by which we can develop new features for the network quickly, without the limitations of ASICs. As a networking vendor, we believe that Stratum will play an important role in new and innovative network solutions.

Wang XiaojunSoftware Director of Switch Product Line
Ruijie Networks

To meet demands of fast-growing businesses, Tencent network desires for the agility of deploying new network features quickly. Stratum intends to build an open source switch OS platform, which enables cloud providers to integrate hardware from multiple vendors, to program forwarding behaviors flexibly, and to roll out new features quickly to meet business challenges. We’re excited to work with industry leaders on this initiative to build an open and healthy open switch ecosystem.

Wade ShaoDirector
Tencent Network Platform Department

Xilinx is excited to be a founder member of the open source Stratum project, working together with industry-leading partners spanning cloud operators, telecom providers, equipment vendors, and other chip vendors.  This Next-Generation SDN initiative centers on programmable network data planes, addressing the shortcomings of original SDN around fixed protocol sets and lack of line-rate packet processing performance. For example, providing data center NFV services like vOLT and vBNG means that network devices need to be capable of flexible L2/L3 processing, stream classification, OvS, and VXLAN/NVGRE offload at 100/200G packet rates. The provision of Stratum capabilities on Xilinx P4-programmable FPGA-based platforms will provide the required enhanced performance hardware for SmartNIC and switching equipment that has the dynamic configuration and operation capabilities required by operators.

Farhad ShafaiVice President, Communications Markets