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The OpenDaylight Project

March 02, 2016 21:00 ET

OpenDaylight Project Expands Footprint in Japan, Welcomes Hitachi

Hitachi Joins Open Source Networking Initiative, Signals Growth in Japanese Market While Adding Fidelity Investments to End User Advisory Group

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 02, 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 Hitachi, Ltd. has joined the project at the Silver level.

"Japanese companies have a strong history of leadership and support in open source and The Linux Foundation, and we are now seeing them strongly ramp up participation and support in open networking and the OpenDaylight Project. It's encouraging to see the OpenDaylight community in Japan grow as Hitachi brings their expertise in delivering IT solutions to the project," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "Japanese companies rely heavily on networking and we see a significant need for open, programmable networks unified around a single, common platform."

OpenDaylight continues to expand its footprint both geographically and across different industries as it moves beyond the telecom space and into the enterprise, web-scale and financial services industries. Beyond Hitachi, additional organizations offering products, training or support on OpenDaylight in the Japanese market include Brocade, Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei, NEC, and NTT Data. More than 10 end user organizations in Japan have already deployed OpenDaylight in their networks across a range of industries from government to enterprises. An active OpenDaylight User Group of more than 200 participants also meets regularly in Tokyo to share knowledge, recruit and onboard new developers, discuss best practices and technical challenges, and create awareness.

Additionally, the OpenDaylight Advisory Group (AG), which provides technical input to the OpenDaylight developer community, welcomed new advisor Carlos Matos, ONUG Board Member and Director of Global Network Architecture, Fidelity Investments.

The OpenDaylight Advisory Group provides technical and strategic input to the OpenDaylight developer community based on their expertise running some of the world's most demanding networks. Matos joins the 15 existing Advisory Group members: Pedro Aranda, Telefónica I+D; Jon Beasley, Thomson Reuters; Margaret Chiosi, AT&T; Dr. Jamil Chawki, Orange; Jay Etchings, Arizona State University; Johan Gustawsson, TeliaSonera Group; Chris Luke, Comcast; Harvey Newman, Caltech; Liang Ou, China Telecom; Dominick Paniscotti, Nasdaq; Vesko Pehlivanov, Credit Suisse; Wade Shao, Tencent; Ralf Trezeciak, Deutsche Telekom; Beau Williamson, T-Mobile; and Alex Zhang, China Mobile.

About the newest member:

Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

"OpenDaylight, whose platform can centralize control and integration management in heterogeneous environment including physical and virtual network, can change network configuration quickly and dynamically. Thus, it enables user to deploy flexible IT infrastructure along with changing business environment. This is very important in today's rapidly changing business situation," said Susumu Okuhara, Senior Director, OSS Solution Center, Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. "Hitachi has participated in OpenDaylight project. Our solutions combined with it will lead to quickly addressing customer's needs. With respect to the project, Hitachi Group will keep contributing towards SDN market activation the project is aiming for by providing development functions, sharing case studies and market needs of SDN."

About the newest advisor:

Carlos Matos has worked with Fidelity Investments for 15 years in multiple areas including operations, engineering, and architecture. As director of Global Network Architecture, he currently leads the emerging technologies, Network Service/Function Virtualization (NSV/NFV), and (SDN) Software Defined Networking programs. Matos was also part of the group that designed the next-generation data center, firewall, and monitoring projects among many others.

OpenDaylight will host several events throughout the year including Developer Design Forums, Mini Summits and the third-annual OpenDaylight Summit. Check the OpenDaylight events page for more details.

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:

OpenDaylight is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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