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September 2016

OpenDaylight Project Launches “Powered by OpenDaylight” Program for Ecosystem SDN Solutions

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OpenDaylight Project Launches “Powered by OpenDaylight” Program for Ecosystem SDN Solutions

“Powered by OpenDaylight” signals high technical standards, quality expectations for OpenDaylight-based solutions

SEATTLE, OpenDaylight Summit, September 27, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced the launch of its “Powered by ODL” program, which signals compliance with exceptional technical standards and quality for commercial products or services based on the platform.

The OpenDaylight ecosystem continues to grow and mature, with increasing numbers of solution providers incorporating OpenDaylight code into downstream commercial offerings. End users are increasingly turning to open source and OpenDaylight for speed of innovation, flexibility and improved interoperability. The “Powered by OpenDaylight” program was created to help end users identify quality OpenDaylight-based solutions, while supporting vendors with their go-to-market strategies.

Any individual or organization offering an OpenDaylight-based product or service may apply for the trademark. Products that are “Powered by OpenDaylight” must include specific core components from a recent release of the OpenDaylight code base, as approved by the OpenDaylight Board of Directors. These products qualify for the official “Powered by OpenDaylight” logo and unique product naming rights.

Initial OpenDaylight-based products expected to receive the “Powered by OpenDaylight” trademark include:

●Brocade

●Ericsson

●HPE

●Inocybe

●Serro

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of our ‘Powered by OpenDaylight’ program,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight. “This marks a turning point representing OpenDaylight’s emergence as an industry-wide de facto standard. The program will make it easier for end users to identify OpenDaylight-based solutions that meet their needs and also support our members’ contributing to and building products and solutions leveraging the OpenDaylight platform.”

To learn more about the “Powered by OpenDaylight” program or how to get involved, please email trademark@opendaylight.org.

Supporting quotes:

“As the first vendor to deliver a pure OpenDaylight commercial distribution, Brocade is very pleased to provide this added mark of quality assurance and community support to our customers,” said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking at Brocade. “We’re proud of the significant contributions we have provided to the OpenDaylight community since we joined as a founding member. Those contributions and the ‘Powered by OpenDaylight’ badge further reinforce Brocade’s commitment to deliver software networking solutions that promote openness and choice so customers can innovate faster.”

Susan James, head of Product Line NFV Infrastructure at Ericsson, says: “Being a platinum sponsor and a major contributor to the OpenDaylight project since its inception, we are very pleased to support this trademark program as a mark of quality assurance for NFVi and CloudSDN solutions to support our customers.”

“The ‘Powered by OpenDaylight’ badge provides powerful, widely recognized branding support for our solutions and as well as a good guideline for end users seeking to leverage the industry’s de facto open SDN platform,” said Mathieu Lemay, chief executive officer of Inocybe Technologies. “Moreover, this enables organizations to look beyond the most common use cases for SDN, to see how OpenDaylight can power various smart infrastructures (such as smart cities and buildings), IoT devices and even drones.”

“HPE has been a strong supporter and a founding member of the OpenDaylight project, and we are proud of the traction it has garnered as the leading open SDN platform,” said Nachman Shelef, vice president & general manager, HPE OpenSDN Business Unit, Communications Solutions Business, HPE. “Based on the recognition OpenDaylight has with our customers and the industry, we believe that the ‘Powered by OpenDaylight’ trademark will be a strong enhancement to our HPE OpenSDN portfolio.”

“A lot of our work around OpenDaylight originates from the customer need to upgrade and automate their infrastructure to deliver more services and reliability to their customers. OpenDaylight has been the constant in most of our SDN integration work, and this mark helps communicate the depth of features and breadth of support available,” said Nitin Serro, chief executive officer of Serro.

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). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. 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

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China Mobile, Leading Chinese Telecommunications Provider, Joins OpenDaylight as New Member

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China Mobile, Leading Chinese Telecommunications Provider, Joins OpenDaylight as New Member

OpenDaylight Summit opens with global telco increasing its investment in the project  

SEATTLE, OpenDaylight Summit, September 27, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), a leading mobile communications service provider, has joined the project at the Silver level.

China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands. As Jinzhu Wang, project manager of China Mobile Research Institute explained, the company wants to standardize and also customize their environments to improve automation. OpenDaylight provides a means for them to build on well-tested, foundational capabilities, which would otherwise take far too long for them to develop entirely in-house.

Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named “AERO,” currently in trial. China Mobile believes it to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China. Additionally, CMCC initiated the “SPTN” projectwithin OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.

As early adopters of OpenDaylight, China Mobile is leveraging the platform with OpenStack to deploy enterprise service offerings under its NovoDC program, which offers both a telecom infrastructure as well as virtual public or private cloud services. NovoDC has helped China Mobile to gain significant datacenter OPEX savings and can now deliver new services in minutes rather than weeks. Alex Zhang, principal architect at China Mobile Technology US, continues to be an active member of the OpenDaylight Advisory Group.

“I am pleased to see the OpenDaylight community growing so rapidly and on such a global scale,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project. “China Mobile’s expanding contributions are beneficial to the OpenDaylight community, and their involvement is yet another example of the innovation happening in the Chinese market today. As Chinese telcos, enterprises and equipment manufacturers embrace open source, they’re enabling new solutions at a breathtaking pace.”

China Mobile joins hundreds of users, developers and SDN community leaders at the annual OpenDaylight Summit and Developer Design Forum, Sept. 27-29 at the Meydenbauer Center in Seattle. To view the full Summit schedule, visit this page.

More about China Mobile Communications Corporation

China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) is one of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers in terms of network scale, customer base and market value. At the end of 2014 CMCC had over 800 million subscribers, operated in over 2.2 million base stations and covered 99 percent of the population in the People’s Republic of China. Their primary business is mobile services and the company has been exploring SDN and NFV as a means of managing rapid traffic growth, new service deployment and improving network utilization – especially as they look to expand their global footprint in APAC, Europe and the US.

“We are fully committed to open networking and have already experienced benefits of working collaboratively with the OpenDaylight community,” said Xiaodong Duan, director of Network Department of China Mobile Research Institute. “As members, we look forward to deeper collaboration and knowledge-sharing as we leverage OpenDaylight in our networks. We’re highly supportive of open source and believe community-driven projects provide an ideal environment to innovate and get things done quickly.”

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). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. 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

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OpenDaylight Project Releases Boron for Network-Driven Businesses

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OpenDaylight Project Releases Boron for Network-Driven Businesses

Open source networking project’s fifth platform release, Boron, signals new phase of user-led engagement and contributions

SAN FRANCISCO, September 21, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced its fifth open Software-Defined Networking (SDN) release, OpenDaylight Boron. With this release, OpenDaylight marks a new milestone in technology and community maturity. Boron is the result of major user-led contributions and engagement, with significant enhancements to Cloud and NFV use-case capabilities, as well as to performance and tooling to simplify management of a range of use cases.

“Since its inception in 2013, OpenDaylight has served to unite the industry around a common SDN platform,” said Neela Jacques, Executive Director, OpenDaylight. “With Boron, the OpenDaylight platform cements its position as the de facto standard platform for building next-generation networking solutions. Boron further develops and standardizes support for the industry’s leading use cases, while facilitating development of innovative new approaches to solving network-related business challenges. From the world’s biggest telco networks to webscale giants and even the Large Hadron Collider, OpenDaylight is at the heart of more and more SDN solutions and production infrastructures.”

User-Led Innovation in Boron

OpenDaylight’s fifth release saw an unprecedented level of engagement from users directly within the development process. More than half of the new projects proposed came from user organizations, including:

  • YangIDE, led by AT&T, provides support for building new YANG models
  • Telefonica and Intel-led NetIDE, which makes it easier to share apps across controller deployments
  • EMAN, led by Comcast, for improved energy efficiency for the network​

As deployments grow in scale and sophistication, end-users are increasingly looking to integrate OpenDaylight more deeply into their core architectural frameworks. One example of cross-industry collaborations is the Atrium Enterprise project which was led by the Open Networking Foundation with participation from Criterion Networks, WIPRO and Microsoft. Another example is  ECOMP, from AT&T, an infrastructure delivery platform and scalable, comprehensive network cloud service for a software-centric network.

“We’re excited to see the release of OpenDaylight Boron,” said Chris Rice, SVP of Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design at AT&T. “We contributed to the release and expect to use the code at the heart of our network. We like OpenDaylight for the breadth of ‘brownfield’ protocols that are supported, its model driven approach that matches our service abstraction logic, and the ability to add applications on top of the controller base. One of the tenets of the open source community is that you don’t just take code. You contribute it, as well. We’re committed to doing just that, and this is an example.”

New Depth for Network Engineering, Production Cloud Use Cases

Boron provides several enhancements to evolve OpenDaylight’s support for Cloud and NFV. OpenStack-related capabilities have been re-architected within a unified development framework for better scalability and performance, including clustering, High Availability (HA), and persistence. Southbound enhancements for VNFs include OpenFlow and NETCONF optimization, as well as hardware VTEP support, and DPDK enhancements.

The NetVirt project brings new focus to features and performance to OpenStack environments. These include improved coordination between OpenStack Neutron and the controller, as well as enhanced support for IPv6, Security Groups (via OpenFlow configuration), VLANs and other important capabilities. The new architecture enables the ability to grow beyond OpenStack integration by allowing control from other orchestration systems and applications.

As a crucial downstream consumer of ODL’s platform, the OPNFV project has driven a broad set of Telco requirements and new functionality in OpenDaylight. As Service Function Chaining has become a key required capability of NFV deployments, collaboration between ODL and OPNFV SFC-focused projects have led to a number of key improvements including Proof of Transit validating service chain packet-flow, enhancements to support FD.io Service Chain Identification and support for the latest OVS release.

In addition, the Genius project, a community-wide effort, provides an app-agnostic framework for application composition. This supports the deployment of modular distributed applications as well as Service Function Chaining (SFC). First introduced as a “proof of concept” project in Beryllium, Genius is now application-agnostic and can be used to operate production cloud networks.

“With the Boron release, we focused a lot of effort on enhancing core platform resilience and building the control plane capabilities, which is crucial as the project scales,” said Colin Dixon, OpenDaylight’s Technical Steering Committee Chair and Distinguished Engineer at Brocade. “As the platform has matured and more OpenDaylight-based solutions are reaching production, we’ve been able to leverage not only feedback, but an increase in engagement from a growing number of end users. This in an important step as it accelerates our ability to meet the real-world functionality, robustness and interoperability needs of end users.”

Enhanced Performance and Tooling Ease Management

The community continues to enhance capabilities of the various southbound plug-ins while also standardizing how protocols such as OpenFlow, BGP and BGP-VPN are used, and how to model them effectively.

SDN application developers will find a number of improvements that make Boron an accessible platform.  New clustering features in Boron simplify HA management for non-distributed network applications, make it easier for developers to write applications without needing to understand the underlying architecture.

Additionally, controller health is easy to monitor with the Cardinal project, which provides controller health data as a service. Time Series Data Repository (TSDR) and the Centinel project enable Big Data Analytics for streaming data.

Learn more about OpenDaylight Boron at the OpenDaylight Summit on September 27-29 in Seattle. With more than 40 sessions focused on Boron, the OpenDaylight Summit is the best place to learn more about the platform, share knowledge and connect with the industry. To register for the Summit and view the full schedule, visit here.

Supporting Quotes

Susan James, Head of the NFV Infrastructure Product Line, Ericsson

“With the Boron release, OpenDaylight has become the leading community-driven open source platform for datacenter network virtualization. It also represents a milestone in collaborative development efforts between Ericsson and other major industry players. From Telcos to webscale to mission-critical industry applications, user organizations are aggressively pushing the boundary of use cases for OpenDaylight as they deploy the platform more broadly and deeply within their networks. Ericsson is actively driving ODL Boron as the reference NFVI networking solution in OPNFV, made available commercially as Ericsson Cloud SDN. Being a major contributor to the OpenDaylight Project since its inception, we are very pleased to see the involvement and contributions made by the end user organizations in the Boron release, that will further enhance the capabilities of the ODL platform.”

Wilhelm Heger, Managing Director of Foxconn Advanced Communication Academy (FACA):

“The Boron release is a significant step in bringing to OpenDaylight the ability to control and manage remote radio heads in Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN). We foresee that fronthaul networks in 5G will be SDN based and OpenDaylight has the potential to model and control remote radio heads and fronthaul networks on one single platform. We are pleased to contribute the OCP Plugin project to the Boron release, which fills the gap between C-RAN and SDN.”

Anshu Agarwal, head of Solutions and Partner Development, Communications Solutions Business, HPE and board member, OpenDaylight.

“OpenDaylight has become an open source SDN standard for NFV use cases. Boron brings focus to the carrier-grade capabilities such as S3P and network virtualization, which are absolutely needed by these use cases. This release is another big step in providing OpenDaylight the maturity needed by our communications service provider customers.”

Mathieu Lemay, CEO, Inocybe Technologies

“The OpenDaylight framework and governance model provide a great foundation for developing needed capabilities for just about any next-generation networking use case you can imagine,” said Mathieu Lemay, CEO, Inocybe Technologies.  “From Telcos to webscale to smart cities and banks, OpenDaylight allows us to aggressively push the boundary of use cases as our customers deploy the platform more broadly and deeply within their networks. Right now we’re seeing many especially focused on cloud and NFV support, as well as operational improvements for carrier networks.”

Dr. Jamil Chawki, SDN/NFV Standards & Open Source Manager, Orange:

“With this fifth release, Boron, OpenDaylight has become more and more mature and can now be considered a key Carrier Grade SDN solution for programmable end-to-end networks. Important features have been included in this release like the Yang IDE tool, support of multi-network service for SFC and advanced BGP L2/L3 VPN protocols. We are inspired by this release and look forward to evaluating new features in OpenDaylight.”

Ed Lombera, VP of Technology, Serro:

“We’re seeing the OpenDaylight platform mature with the Boron release,” said Ed Lombera, VP of Technology of Serro. “With added enhancements to one of our biggest ODL-based use cases, Cloud/NFV, we’re looking forward to leveraging the platform in even greater capacity across our existing solutions, especially for our customers in the service provider and web scale verticals.

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). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. 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

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Inocybe Technologies Doubles Down on OpenDaylight

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Inocybe Technologies Doubles Down on OpenDaylight

Fast-growing OpenDaylight-focused company upgrades membership to Gold level

SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that Inocybe Technologies is expanding its commitment to the project to the Gold level. Inocybe Technologies, a networking solutions provider committed to creating an open SDN and NFV ecosystem, joins members Citrix and NEC at the Gold level.

As early adopters of OpenDaylight and active participants in the community, Inocybe Technologies has made OpenDaylight a cornerstone of its business. The company leverages the platform as the foundation for numerous SDN deployments spanning a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, smart cities and industrial controls. With enterprise demand for greater service velocity on the rise, Inocybe recently announced a partnership with Oracle to support Oracle Solaris for the cloud. Inocybe also recently partnered with Avaya to create a new benchmark to improve scalability and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments. The OpenDaylight-based solution allows Avaya to manage and secure up to 168,000 devices.

“OpenDaylight is maturing in large part thanks to the foresight and creativity of our community. Inocybe’s strong leadership, innovation and deepened investment in OpenDaylight reflects growing interest in Open SDN from enterprises and government organizations,” said Neela Jacques, Executive Director of OpenDaylight. “It is great to see Inocybe having such strong success partnering with enterprises, service providers and governments to build ODL-based solutions ”

Inocybe provides the software, services, training and support that organizations need to run OpenDaylight. At the center of their offering is Inocybe’s Open Networking Platform that enables organizations to create use-case specific, commercial-grade OpenDaylight controllers or agents through a full CI/CD pipeline, with support for production deployments.

“OpenDaylight provides the open SDN building blocks needed to transform the industry. Using OpenDaylight, we’re able to build network solutions for customers who are burdened with logistical networking issues associated with a rapidly transforming industry,” said CEO Mathieu Lemay of Inocybe Technologies. “We’re proud to be a leading player and top committer in the OpenDaylight community and look forward to the continued innovation that a stronger investment in the project will bring.”

Inocybe Technologies and other members will join hundreds of users, developers and SDN community leaders who are attending the annual OpenDaylight Summit, Sept. 27-29 at the Meydenbauer Center in Seattle. Inocybe is participating in several presentations and demonstrating Proofs-of-Concept in the Community Solutions Showcase. To view the full Summit schedule, visit here.

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). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Get involved: www.opendaylight.org.

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

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