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Linux Foundation appoints open source networking expert

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Reflecting the growing importance of open source in the networking industry, the Linux Foundation has named Arpit Joshipura as its general manager of networking and orchestration. Joshipura has more than 25 years of networking experience.

49-year-old Joshipura has served as chief marketing officer and vice president in startups and big companies such as Dell, Ericsson and Nortel. Currently, the tech executive is the chief marketing officer for application security startup Prevoty.

The Linux Foundation believes that the Joshipura’s appointment will help in uplifting the present era of open networking. “Aprit’s contributions to networking, and specifically open source networking, are vast and well known,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, the Linux Foundation, in a statement.

“We are thrilled to have him on board to help us usher in the next-generation of open networking technologies, which will require professionally supported open source development at every level of the networking software stack,” Zemlin added.

The Linux Foundation presently hosts several open source networking projects including OpenDaylight, OPNFV, OPEN-O, FD.io, Open vSwitch, OpenSwitch, ON.Lab and CORD. Joshipura would expand all these technologies and help the non-profit organisation enable deeper open source roots for the networking world.

“We now have extensive technical and business expertise with enterprises, carriers, cloud and support from the ecosystem at the Linux Foundation, making it easier for vendor and user communities to drive the vision of open network. I believe that this trend toward open networking will eventually lead us to an era of invisible networking, enabling use cases, solutions and markets unheard of today,” stated Joshipura.

The Linux Foundation is set to reveal details around the latest appointment and the future of open source networking technologies at its Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara in April next year. Meanwhile, companies like Facebook and Google are likely to continue leveraging the existing open source technologies to enhance their networking models.