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Tuesday, June 20 • 11:00 - 11:30
The Business Reality of Building Open Source: What We Learned from OVS and OVN [E] - Justin Pettit, VMware & Ben Pfaff, Open vSwitch Project

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A number of questions commonly arise in supporting open source projects within companies that primarily develop closed source software. Such as:

* How many resources should we allocate?
* Are we just enabling our competitors?
* What, if anything, should we keep proprietary?
* What are the implications of the license being used?
* What should we expect in terms of community contributions?
* How do we balance the needs of the community versus the company?

As founding members of the Open vSwitch and OVN projects, the presenters have had to help answer these questions at both an early stage startup as well as a large established company. In this presentation, we will discuss how we've navigated the often conflicting goals of open source projects and our companies.


Justin Pettit

Lead Developer, Open vSwitch & OVN, VMware
Justin Pettit is a lead developer on the Open vSwitch and OVN projects. He was a founding employee at Nicira and is currently working at VMware. Prior to Nicira, Justin worked at three successful startups focused on network security. While completing his Master’s degree in Computer... Read More →

Ben Pfaff

Principal Engineer, VMware
Ben Pfaff is a lead developer of the Open vSwitch project. He was a co-creator of OpenFlow and led the development effort of the original OpenFlow reference implementation. He was a founding employee at Nicira and is currently at VMware. He received his PhD from Stanford University... Read More →

Tuesday June 20, 2017 11:00 - 11:30 HKT
Room 306B
  Business of Open Source, Wildcard
  • Presentation Language English
  • Experience Level Any