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November 11, 2015 12:00 ET

Telco, Service Provider and Enterprise Leaders Join OpenDaylight Project

Technical Leaders Join the Industry's Leading Open Source Networking Project to Advance Open Source SDN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 11, 2015) - OPNFV Summit - The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE), Globe Telecom, and Zenlayer have joined the project at the Silver level to advance the development of an open, common platform for SDN and NFV.

The project is also pleased to announce that four individuals have joined the OpenDaylight Advisory Group (AG) to provide technical input to the OpenDaylight developer community. New advisors include Vesko Pehlivanov, vice president, Technology Services Architecture and Strategy, Credit Suisse; Wade Shao, principal engineer, Network Platform department, Tencent; Johan Gustawsson, network architect, TeliaSonera Group; and Jon Beasley, principal architect, Technical Services and Connectivity, Thomson Reuters.

"Within the networking industry, we've seen major telecommunications providers emerge as the first to invest heavily in open source technologies such as OpenDaylight," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "We're now at an inflection point where we're beginning to see web-scale and enterprise organizations embrace open SDN and NFV for their networks. Not far behind are those with infrastructure needs that closely resemble those of service providers. Our newest corporate members and Advisory Group representatives are a great demonstration of the growing diversity and interest in ODL and open SDN, and we expect to see this trend continue into 2016."

About the newest members:

ALE, marketed under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, is a leading provider of enterprise communications solutions and services, from the office to the cloud. Building on an established heritage of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, ALE operates globally with 2700+ employees in 100+ countries worldwide, with headquarters near Paris, France. With communications, networking and cloud solutions for business of all sizes, the ALE team of technology experts, service professionals, and 2900+ partners serves more than 830,000 customers worldwide, tailoring and adapting solutions and services to local requirements.
"We are excited to join the OpenDaylight community and lend our expertise in enterprise network solutions," said Stephane Robineau, EVP Network division, ALE. "Rapid evolution in the way people consume data requires an agile approach; we're eager to harness the power of open source via the OpenDaylight community."

Globe Telecom is a leading company in the highly competitive Philippine telecommunications industry. They constantly renew their commitment to create a wonderful world for customers -- by simplifying communication technology, and removing obstacles to improve everyday life. Their extensive range of services meets the requirements of individuals, small to medium-sized business, and corporations and enterprises alike.

According to Globe Telecom, the quickly evolving telecoms industry needs an agile future-proofing through continuous innovation. This requires a flexible framework and collaboration across the networking space. We're looking forward to harnessing the experience and expertise of the OpenDaylight community as well as contributing our knowledge of telecoms in support of open SDN and NFV.

Zenlayer is a global SDN-based network and data center service provider, headquartered in Los Angeles with branches in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. By connecting through Zenlayer's platform, enterprise customers are enabled with just-in-time and as-need-based deployment capabilities and can manage global IT resources in one combined platform. Zenlayer has deployed over 30 data centers worldwide and directly connects with more than 200 global carriers; its infrastructure covers North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

"The OpenDaylight platform is quickly becoming the de facto SDN standard, and we're very excited to become a part of the community," said Joe Zhu, Founder and CEO, Zenlayer. "We believe in the power of open source and are eager to collaborate with others on bringing cross-border SDN solutions to organizations across the world."

About the newest Advisory Group members:

Vesko Pehlivanov, Credit Suisse: Pehlivanov is responsible for network and network security strategy and architecture across a global footprint of production, non-production and test environments. In this role, he evaluates emerging technologies and companies in the software defined networking, network virtualization, data center and cloud networking and unified communication areas. In addition to working closely with Credit Suisse's engineering and operations teams, Vesko also serves as technical advisor to the Technology Investment Banking, Equity Research, and Prime Investments business units.

Wade Shao, Tencent: "Tencent is committed to providing comprehensive Internet services to enrich users' experiences," said Wade Shao, principal engineer, Network Platform department, Tencent. "Tencent has used the OpenDaylight platform for more than a year. It's part of a healthy ecosystem, has a resilient architecture, and increasingly rich features and southbound protocols. Its clear version evolution rhythm and stellar reputation in the open source community ensure that we will continue to benefit from and use the ODL platform. Tencent hopes to collaborate with the SDN industry to create an open, healthy, virtuous ecosystem, delivering a robust, feature-rich, high performance SDN controller platform to provide better Internet service to users." Read more about Tencent's vision for SDN.

Johan Gustawsson, TeliaSonera Group: Johan Gustawsson is a network architect at TeliaSonera Group, a service provider headquartered in Stockholm with a presence in a host of countries through different brands and home to one of the world's most extensive (Tier 1) IP backbones. He is currently focusing his efforts on SDN architecture and design for, and across, different domains -- including NFV environments. Gustawsson holds a degree of Science in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology and is an active Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) in the Service Provider track.

Jon Beasley, Thomson Reuters: "We are investigating the use of SDN controllers to help solve some of the challenges of operating in the fast-moving world of global finance, which faces ever-increasing demands for improved time-to-delivery for network connectivity services," said Jon Beasley, principal architect, Technical Services and Connectivity, Thomson Reuters.
"We are excited to explore OpenDaylight's potential and evaluate its capabilities, and the Advisory Group gives us a great opportunity to engage with the community and help steer development."

Pehlivanov, Shao, Gustawsson and Beasley join the OpenDaylight AG's 12 founding members.

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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