The Open Connect Alliance is an international industry alliance founded to address the need for scaling and enhancing Ethernet technology to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.

It includes system integrators, network managers, and service providers including leading cloud providers. They are: Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Citrix, Equinix, Huawei, HP, Juniper, PCCW Global, Spirent Communications, Tata Communications, and Verizon.

The cloud community forum is an organization dedicated to making it easier for cloud service providers, carriers and enterprises to support cloud services.

Open Connect is an independent Microsoft Entity Framework organization.


Open Connect is a member-driven organization and is governed by an elected board of 11 directors.

The man who will be taking over as Acting President of Tata Communications is James Walker, VP Managed Network Services at Tata Communications. He’s the new Chairman of the Board at Spirent Communications.

There are two working committees: the Technical Committee and the Marketing and Operations Committee. Each has two Co-chairs who report to the Board.

We work with the bylaws, working practices, and IPR policy of the MEF, within whose framework Open Connect operates.