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18 cos join to create OpenDaylight Project

Posted: 09 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:open source  Software-Defined Networking  cloud 

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of the OpenDaylight Project. Jointly created by 18 large communications and software companies, the OpenDaylight Project is an open source framework that will "accelerate adoption, foster new innovation and create a more open and transparent approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN)."

Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Red Hat and VMware are founding members of the project and will donate software and engineering resources for this framework and help to define the future of an open SDN platform. Silver-tier members consist of Arista Networks, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Nuage Networks (the new SDN unit of Alcatel-Lucent) and PlumGrid.

The first code from the OpenDaylight Project is expected to be released in 3Q13 and expected donations and projects include an open controller, a virtual overlay network, protocol plug-ins and switch device enhancements.

Arista Networks will contribute software and architectural expertise in building large-scale cloud environments to the OpenDaylight Project; Big Switch Networks is planning to contribute open source elements of its Open SDN Suite; and Brocade has submitted proposals and is working with the community to contribute technologies to provide elastic, on-demand services that span the data centre and range from storage networking to Ethernet fabric, virtual routing and Layer 4-7 services. Citrix will contribute an application controller that integrates Layer 4-7 network services for enabling application awareness and comprehensive control into the OpenDaylight Project. It will also contribute a plug-in for OpenDaylight into the Apache CloudStack project.

Cisco has contributed controller technology to the Project including an Application Framework and Service Abstraction Layer (SAL). IBM intends to submit an open source version of its Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet (DOVE) technology as its initial contribution.; Juniper Networks has proposed to contribute a number of technical elements including XMPP client and server protocol code and a flexible data model; NEC intends to propose its Virtual Tenant Networking (VTN) model and application in Q2 of 2013, which enables users to create and manage multi-tenant virtual networks; Ericsson’s contributions will focus on flow management and service state controls; Nuage Networks will contribute technologies and expertise that will allow an OpenFlow system to match the operational expectations of large-scale cloud service provider; PLUMgrid will contribute in the area of Virtual Network Infrastructure; Red Hat will build and deliver an SDN solution integrated with OpenStack, Linux and KVM.

OpenDaylight is operating system independent and is expected to be available on multiple platforms. It is structured and governed using open source best practices and is licensed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL), which is a common choice for Java-based projects.

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