The Linux Foundation Europe (LF Europe) – the European arm of the open source Linux Foundation – he said today the launch of Project Sylva, which aims to create an open source telecoms cloud framework for European telcos and vendors.
It is the first project hosted by LF Europe and is a good example of what the organization is trying to achieve. The project aims to create a production-grade, open-source telecom cloud and a common framework to "reduce the fragmentation of cloud infrastructure for telecoms and edge services". Currently, five operators (Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Orange, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom) and two suppliers (Ericsson and Nokia) are working on the project.
"There are already a bunch of Linux Foundation networking projects that have moved telecommunications into the open source era," says Arpit Joshipura, general manager of Networking, Edge and IoT at the Linux Foundation.
“All these projects are subject to what is called the [LF] Networking foundation. So, whatever work is being done by the telcos, the Sylva project is going to build on top of that with European vendors to resolve specific requirements. These are security, energy, federated computing, edge and data reliability.”
At the core of Sylva is a framework for a computing platform. The project aims to create an implementation reference, leveraging all the work already done by LF Networking, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (home of Kubernetes and other cloud native infrastructure projects), LF Energy and others.