About SDN and NFV

The networking industry is at a crossroads. Sofware-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are presenting both significant challenges and unlimited opportunities for the future of transferring information and communicating across the globe. SDN enables users to program network layers, separating the data plane from the control plane while NFV allows for agile placement of networking services when and where they are needed. By enabling this level of programmability, SDN and NFV can enable users to optimize their network resources, increase network agility, service innovation, accelerate service time-to-market, extract business intelligence and ultimately enable dynamic, service-driven virtual networks.

Exploding levels of data, virtualized infrastructure and cloud computing leave users with tremendous demands on their networks and management resources. To date approaches to virtualize the network layer and add programmability have left the industry fragmented making adoption complex. Leading vendors realize this cannot continue. At the same time, enterprise users and service providers are seeking solutions to enable virtual and mobile networks to support virtual devices that are mobile and disconnected from a physical network design.

To see the framework and platform for how OpenDaylight intends to address SDN and NFV, visit our Overview page.

For more information about SDN and NFV, we recommend reading the linked Wikipedia entries.