SOURCE: The OpenDaylight Project

The OpenDaylight Project

April 10, 2016 20:00 ET

Alibaba Group Brings Innovations to OpenDaylight Community

Leading Platform for Ecommerce and Cloud Computing Joins OpenDaylight as Silver Member

BEIJING, CHINA--(Marketwired - April 10, 2016) - SDN/NFV Conference 2016 - The OpenDaylight Project, the networking industry's largest open source project focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Alibaba Group, a leading platform for ecommerce and cloud computing, has joined the project at the Silver level.

Alibaba has innovatively designed its own SDN based solutions and integrated them into Alibaba's network infrastructure, which has smoothly powered Alibaba's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival and proved its reliability, scalability and cost-effectiveness. Alibaba's 11.11 Global Shopping Festival is the world's largest one-day online sales event in 2015. On 11.11, Alibaba attracted over 115 million buyers to its marketplaces and enabled RMB91.2 billion (US$14 billion) in GMV settled through Alipay on Alibaba's platforms. Alibaba's network infrastructure supported 467 million delivery orders during a 24-hour period and enabled about 140,000 peak transactions processed per second. To support all these, Alibaba's network had to handle a surge of more than ten times the normal daily volume.

Alibaba's practice in redefining the infrastructure enables its network to handle the traffic peak during the 11.11 Festival. Also, during the support of such online sale events, Alibaba has got a large amount of experience in deploying and operating SDN-based solutions, which are precious to the system designers and developers. Those experiences could be contributed to OpenDaylight during the collaboration between Alibaba and OpenDaylight.

"Open Standards and Open Source are complementary and both important to the Internet industry. Nowadays, standardization helps improve interoperation, reduce costs and can increase the products' scalability, etc. Open source is an effective way in accelerating the application of standards," said Judy Zhu, Standardization director, Alibaba Group.

"Alibaba's expertise in navigating complex cloud network infrastructures at scale will benefit the OpenDaylight community and the industry," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "We look forward to a continued partnership with Alibaba Group and future innovations."

About Alibaba Group

Alibaba Group's mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company is the largest online and mobile commerce company in the world in terms of gross merchandise volume. Founded in 1999, the company provides the fundamental technology infrastructure and marketing reach to help businesses leverage the power of the Internet to establish an online presence and conduct commerce with hundreds of millions of consumers and other businesses.

About the OpenDaylight Project

The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for a more transparent approach that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN framework consisting of code and blueprints. Get involved: www.opendaylight.org.

OpenDaylight is a project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

OpenDaylight recently issued its fourth platform release, Beryllium (Be), available to service providers and enterprises seeking to solve key network challenges related to Automated Service Delivery, Network Resource Optimization, Cloud and NFV, and others. Beryllium brings improvements in performance, scalability and functionality. OpenDaylight Beryllium supports a broad set of use cases, providing the foundation for networks of the future.

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