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OpenDaylight Project

September 13, 2013 07:00 ET

OpenDaylight Project Releases New Architecture Details for Its Software-Defined Networking Platform

Developer Community Merges Recent Tech Contributions to Build a Modular and Extensible Open Source SDN Platform for Diverse Use Cases

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 13, 2013) - The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN), today shared a first glimpse at the OpenDaylight SDN architecture aimed for the first release called "Hydrogen." OpenDaylight is being built as a highly extensible and modular open source SDN platform to accelerate adoption across diverse and broad deployment use cases from enterprise IT to network providers to cloud service providers.

"The OpenDaylight community is developing an SDN architecture that supports a wide range of protocols and can rapidly evolve in the direction SDN goes, not based on any one vendor's purposes," said David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight Project. "As an open source project OpenDaylight can be a core component within any SDN architecture, putting the user in control. The community is working to further refine the Service Abstraction Layer to deliver an efficient application API that can be used over a broad collection of network devices so we can deliver a best-of-breed platform that will help users of all stripes realize the promise of SDN."

With OpenDaylight, enterprise users and service providers can be fully vested in the SDN technology running their networks and have direct access to the people building it. To accommodate a wide range of use cases OpenDaylight Hydrogen includes new and legacy protocols such as OVSDB, OpenFlow 1.3.0, BGP and PCEP. It also includes multiple methods for network virtualization and two initial applications that leverage the features of OpenDaylight: Affinity Metadata Service to aid in policy management and Defense4All for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack protection. A plugin for OpenStack Neutron has been integrated, and the Open vSwitch Database project will allow management from within OpenStack. {See attached diagram}

Projects were contributed by Cisco, ConteXtream, Ericsson, IBM, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), NEC, Pantheon, Plexxi, Radware and developers Brent Salisbury and Evan Zeller from the University of Kentucky.

"OpenDaylight has made great strides toward its goal of accelerating a common SDN platform. As the networking industry evolves to a software-defined world we are seeing open source development and design methodology as the driving force for modern architectures," said Inder Gopal, Board of Directors chair, OpenDaylight Project.

Users and developers can get a first glimpse of Hydrogen at OpenDaylight Mini-Summits taking place September 18, 2013 in New Orleans and October 22, 2013 in Edinburgh co-located with CloudOpen. The call for papers for the Europe event closes on October 2, 2013. One pass gets attendees into LinuxCon, CloudOpen and the OpenDaylight Mini-Summit. To register, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/.

Developers who are interested in collaborating on OpenDaylight and shaping the future of SDN can learn more here: http://www.opendaylight.org/developers/how-participate.

About the OpenDaylight Project
The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) and create a solid foundation for 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 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. www.linuxfoundation.org

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