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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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OpenDaylight Project Hosts Second-Annual SDN Application Contest

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OpenDaylight Project Hosts Second-Annual SDN Application Contest

Seeking submissions for September SDN “Dragon’s Den” event

SAN FRANCISCO, August 25, 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 the second OpenDaylight SDN Dragon’s Den will take place September 26, 2016, at OpenDaylight Summit 2016 in Seattle. The event provides a platform for participants to pitch various SDN application ideas in a lively “competitive showcase” environment.

The evening event invites participants to present a seven-minute pitch, including an overview and demo, to the “Dragons of Networking”– leading developers and users from the OpenDaylight community and the investor world who will evaluate and provide feedback on the technical viability and real-world applicability of the SDN application pitches.

To submit a presentation or simply attend the Dragon’s Den, visit here. Submissions are due Friday, September 9, midnight Pacific time.

Each app submission must target a clear vertical sector (e.g., service provider, financial services, higher education, etc.) and a specific user category (enterprise network administrator, DevOps, database manager or an end user such as bank teller, professor, student, etc.). Participants are also asked to define the value the user would gain from the specific application. New to this year’s contest, participants will need to provide a demo of working code. The application may already be in-market, but is not required.

The best eight submissions will have the opportunity to enter the OpenDaylight Dragon’s Den. Dragons will also select one winner who will receive the following: 1) A one-year Developer License of Brocade SDN Controller (complete with support) and 2) Community recognition and a digital badge for social media.

Dragons” of Networking judges include a Tier 1 industry venture capitalist, an OpenDaylight technical director and a prominent OpenDaylight end user.

“Dragon’s Den is the perfect event to follow our all-day tutorial training,”  said Phil Robb, senior technical director of OpenDaylight. “It also provides the unique opportunity for developers to demonstrate their use of OpenDaylight and introduce new ways to leverage the platform for solving real-world problems.”

Dragon’s Den, sponsored by Brocade, is part of the “Extend Your Experience” list of activities during OpenDaylight Summit on September 27-29 in Seattle. Additional activities include tutorials, trainings, evening reception and more. To learn more about registration or “Extend Your Experience,” please visit here.

For details on last year’s Dragon’s Den event and pitched SDN applications, 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) 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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OpenDaylight Project Welcomes Serro as Silver Member

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OpenDaylight Project Welcomes Serro as Silver Member

Network solutions provider implements leading open source SDN platform to automate service delivery

SAN FRANCISCO, July 28, 2016 – The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that Serro, an organization specializing in deploying comprehensive and leading technology solutions, has joined the project at the Silver level. Serro’s participation in OpenDaylight (ODL) expands the OpenDaylight ecosystem of value-added solution providers who offer services ranging from early testing to full deployment.

Client requests for automated service delivery and solutions to cut networking operational costs led Serro to evaluate open source SDN solutions. Serro started implementing OpenDaylight into its client solutions in 2014, and software-defined networking (SDN) has increasingly become an extremely important part of its business.

Serro used OpenDaylight, OpenStack and other open source code to build a cloud-based SDN controller for a communications service provider, automating communications between terrestrial and satellite infrastructures and delivering services in near real-time. With Serro’s SDN solution, the service provider can now easily route traffic, manage network resources, and track network utilization. More details on Serro’s use of OpenDaylight to automate service delivery and optimize network resources can be found here: https://www.opendaylight.org/news/user-story/2015/12/serro%E2%80%99s-satellite-network-uses-opendaylight-automate-service-delivery

“Using OpenDaylight and OpenStack we’ve been able to build a framework for SDN that is platform-based, modular, and extensible so we can customize solutions to each client’s diverse needs,” said Ed Lombera, vice president of Engineering, Serro. “OpenDaylight has been instrumental in helping our customers leverage SDN for more programmable and scalable network solutions. We’re thrilled to join the project as official members and look forward to collaborating across the community.”

Solution Providers and System Integrators (SIs) like Serro are increasingly finding new revenue opportunities with OpenDaylight-based SDN solutions. The modularity and licensing flexibility of the OpenDaylight platform, along with the industry’s broadest ecosystem, allows SIs to provide complete solutions that empower business stakeholders in their service provider and enterprise customers. Using OpenDaylight, Serro helps their clients integrate customer requests, apply appropriate policies, and interpret relevant analytics before making configuration changes. The resulting solutions are simpler, more agile, less error-prone, and faster to implement.

“Serro’s usage of the OpenDaylight platform showcases the diversity of enterprise use cases for SDN in production and at scale,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight Project. “From satellite network control and resource allocation to DDoS protection for cloud-based SaaS, to network automation for a large energy multinational, Serro is leveraging the power of open source to create and manage more programmable networks for their customers.”

Serro’s Founder and CEO Nitin Serro will be participating in the SDN at Scale keynote panel at the OpenDaylight Summit 2016 in Seattle, Wash., September 27-29, 2016. OpenDaylight Summit is the place where organizations of all sizes will collaboratively explore how to transform their networks into competitive business assets. With over 40 sessions, tutorials, keynotes, and demos, the Summit will demonstrate real use cases and deployments. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Serro and other OpenDaylight members and users during the Summit. To learn more about the event and secure your spot, visit here.

About Serro

Serro leverages technological excellence to meet their clients’ business goals. Serro specializes in deploying comprehensive and leading technology solutions that exceed current service requirements and seamlessly scale to meet future needs. Headquartered in San Francisco, Serro provides cutting-edge IT solutions across different industry verticals, from startups to established industries such as financials, healthcare, transportation and many others.

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: 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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OpenDaylight Project Hosts 2016 India Forum

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OpenDaylight Project Hosts 2016 India Forum

Call for papers and registration now open for November event

SAN FRANCISCO, July 6, 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 the second OpenDaylight India Forum taking place November 16-17 in Bengaluru. The Forum will facilitate local collaboration among the networking industry on the OpenDaylight SDN platform and will serve as an opportunity for users to connect directly with other developers  integrating the platform directly into their networks.

The two-day forum, open to participants of all levels of experience from beginners to advanced veterans, includes technical presentations on the latest version of OpenDaylight, Beryllium, as well as discussion related to the next platform release, Boron. The event also presents an opportunity to engage and collaborate with local users, developers,  and open source communities for cross-pollination of ideas and technologies. Registration for OpenDaylight Forum India is open and speaking submissions are being accepted through August 3.

“We’re seeing strong growth for ODL all around the world with India continuing to be one of our most robust and vibrant communities,”  said Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight. “The OpenDaylight India Forum is unique as it brings together top talent from across the country’s broad range of local and global actors who are actively working together to advance open networking.”

Last year’s sold-out event in Bengaluru brought together many OpenDaylight User Group (ODLUG) leaders, developers, and students interested in learning more about OpenDaylight. Popular tracks from last year included OpenDaylight application development, Service Function Chaining and the Future of Path Computation Element (PCE). Programming for this year’s event is still underway.

Sponsorships Available

Sponsorship opportunities are available for OpenDaylight India Forum. To download a prospectus or find out more information, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/opendaylight-forum-india/sponsors

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: 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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