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OpenDaylight Matures with Carbon Release and New Market Deployments

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The sixth release of the open SDN controller adds new enhancements to support IoT deployments and better integration with OpenStack  

SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced its sixth release, Carbon. With this release, OpenDaylight adds new enhancements to better support Metro Ethernet and cable operators as well as Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.

“OpenDaylight-based networks are delivering business and consumer services to more than 1 billion subscribers around the globe today, as well as a growing number of users in the enterprise space,” said Phil Robb, Executive Director of OpenDaylight at The Linux Foundation. “Carbon delivers a deeper level of platform maturity, while solidifying the toolchains for leading use cases in private and hybrid cloud as well as the carrier market.”

OpenDaylight’s latest release further advances the platform’s scalability and robustness with new capabilities supporting multi-site deployments for geographic reach, application performance and fault tolerance. Southbound protocols OpenFlow and Netconf gained in scalability and features, as did various administrative utilities.

Carbon streamlines service function chaining by providing an integrated framework for NFV management. Much of Carbon’s integration work and new capabilities were showcased as part of a proposed “Nirvana Stack,” presented in Boston last month.

Carbon also supports a series of PCMM specs and other capabilities required by cable operators. It also improves operators’ ability to enable software applications and service orchestrators to configure and provision connectivity services in physical and virtual network elements–in particular, Carrier Ethernet services as defined by MEF Forum.

These toolchains are being incorporated as core components of higher-level open source frameworks, such as ONAP, OPNFV and OpenStack, as well as real-world implementations of designs from standards bodies such as MEF. These new combined stacks are increasingly enabling innovators to productively explore new use cases such as IoT.

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China Mobile

“A SDN controller plays an important role for us to fast and flexibly launch services for public and private clouds, and it is a critical component in our next-generation network,” said YANG Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute. “The robustness of the OpenDaylight platform has enabled us to build our own controller and develop customized applications.”

Inocybe Technologies

Inocybe Technologies helps customers build and deploy production-grade products and services by leveraging the OpenDaylight platform as the foundation for numerous SDN deployments spanning a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, smart cities and industrial controls.

“We continue to see new use cases emerging for OpenDaylight, including our work with Avaya on supporting IoT,” said Mathieu Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of Inocybe Technologies. “Using OpenDaylight enabled us to develop an SDN architecture for IoT that is capable of managing and securing up to 168,000 connected devices, the largest implemented in the market today.”

CenturyLink

As CenturyLink virtualizes its network, SDN controllers provide pivotal functionality. The diverse requirements within the network, datacenters and central offices demand flexibility from OpenDaylight and applications such as the Edge Access Controller.

“As part of our work to achieve full network virtualization, we have created our own virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) using open source components including OpenDaylight and OpenStack,” said Adam Dunstan, Vice President of SDN/NFV Engineering at CenturyLink. “We used OpenDaylight software to build our SDN access controller because of its flexibility to work with legacy operations support systems as well as newer orchestration platforms.”

Tencent

As a leading provider of internet services in China, Tencent has deepened its commitment to open source deploying OpenDaylight as a standard across their network. The open SDN platform provides Tencent with the flexibility and maturity to accommodate a growing user base and the massive scale required to provide those users with high quality services.

“We’ve selected OpenDaylight as our standard SDN controller as it has enabled us to build an agile infrastructure that can support our diverse network requirements,” said Wade Shao, deputy director of network architecture center, Tencent. “We are also hoping our partners will work together with us to build on and contribute to OpenDaylight, as we believe it matches our network strategy.”

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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ZTE Deepens Commitment to OpenDaylight Project

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ZTE Deepens Commitment to OpenDaylight Project

Telecommunications equipment and network vendor increases investment as first Platinum member from China

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, 2017– The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks (SDN), today announced that ZTE has upgraded their membership to the Platinum level, demonstrating their commitment to the open source community and SDN/NFV based networks.

“ZTE has been a member of the OpenDaylight technical community from the early days of the project, and they have steadily increased their participation and leadership over time.  Mirroring that leadership with an upgrade to Platinum membership in the OpenDaylight Foundation gives them an even greater opportunity to positively influence the project going forward,” said Phil Robb, Interim Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project.  “We look forward to working with them even more closely to drive innovation around the OpenDaylight platform and expand the open SDN ecosystem, especially within the dynamic and vibrant Chinese market.”

Developing virtualized offerings and next generation SDN/NFV network solutions is a top priority for ZTE in 2017. The company expects to add more than 40 new SDN and NFV customers in 2017, bringing the global number to more than 220.

“SDN is disruptive technology and is transforming how new products and services are brought to market,” said Mr. Li Guang, Vice President, Director of Wireline Product at ZTE. “We believe the next generation network infrastructure should be open, and we look forward to working even more closely with OpenDaylight and the open source community to develop it.”

Luis Blanco, Director, CTO Group, ZTE Corporation, will represent ZTE on the OpenDaylight Board and Huan Linying, Wireline Open Source Technical Director, joins the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee. ZTE joins Brocade, Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Intel and Red Hat, among others, as a Platinum member of OpenDaylight. As the first OpenDaylight Platinum member from China, ZTE draws on its work with large carriers and web scale providers serving hundreds of millions of subscribers to bring unique insights and expertise in designing solutions for delivering performance at scale.

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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·       Learn About OpenDaylight Membership

·       OpenDaylight Blog

·       OpenDaylight Events

 

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OpenDaylight Project Announces Leadership Transition

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OpenDaylight Project Announces Leadership Transition

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2017– The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced Neela Jacques is leaving to join Bain Capital Ventures as an Entrepreneur in Residence.  Phil Robb, newly appointed Vice President of Operations for Networking and Orchestration at the Linux Foundation will serve as Interim Executive Director of OpenDaylight.

“I’m incredibly proud of the amazing accomplishments the OpenDaylight Project has made in the past four years. When I took over as Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project, the concept of a community-driven project working in unison to develop a programmable, flexible network infrastructure based on open source seemed implausible,” said Jacques. “We not only achieved our goal and created a vibrant, united community, but we continue to innovate and push the industry forward. OpenDaylight has evolved into a modular open SDN platform for networks of any size and any scale. I’m excited to explore new opportunities at Bain Capital Ventures and I know that I leave the OpenDaylight community in the best of hands with Phil and the incredible team that he and I have built.”

“Neela carefully crafted a vision for OpenDaylight that’s proven successful and positions us well for future progress as The Linux Foundation continues to aid the networking and telecommunications industries to retool for the next wave of innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation. “We appreciate the significant role Neela played in establishing the Linux Foundation as the premier home for open source networking projects and wish him continued success in his new endeavors. With a robust community behind it, OpenDaylight will continue to evolve and prosper with Phil as its leader steering the project forward.”

As the Linux Foundation’s most mature open networking project, OpenDaylight is central to the organization’s growing portfolio of networking projects, ranging from data plane to control plane and service orchestration. Arpit Joshipura, recently named General Manager, Networking and Orchestration for the Linux Foundation, is working closely with Robb to better align the different components in the open source networking ecosystem with the goal of rapidly increasing deployments.

“It has been a true pleasure to work with Neela, nurturing OpenDaylight from a small start-up project to one of the most-deployed open SDN technologies in existence today,” said Robb. “We have a vibrant community of more than 2,000 vendor, user and individual developers who recently delivered our fifth platform release, Boron.”

OpenDaylight is delivering on its mission to unite the industry around a common SDN platform that can be individually leveraged, extended and monetized. Jacques’ leadership inspired major milestones including large-scale, commercial deployments among global service providers, telecommunications companies and enterprises. OpenDaylight counts all tier-one North American carriers, Orange and Telefonica in Europe and the top three Chinese carriers China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom as members or consumers of the technology. OpenDaylight also is the basis for solutions from Brocade, Red Hat, Ericsson and HPE among others.

“Because of both his passionate evangelism and tireless commitment to behind-the-scenes details, OpenDaylight is a major force in the market,” said François Lemarchand, OpenDaylight Board Member and Head of NFVI Product Strategy, Ericsson. “He’s cultivated a commercially meaningful ecosystem based on OpenDaylight – pointing the community in the direction necessary to address real-world networking pain points.”

“The OpenDaylight Project’s goal is to unite the networking industry and advance the state of the art of SDN through open source collaboration,” said Chris Wright, OpenDaylight Chairperson and Vice President and Chief Technologist, Red Hat. “Neela has been at the helm of the OpenDaylight Project, carefully listening to our diverse community, encouraging all forms of participation, engaging with the industry, and striving to find alignment across competing goals. His steady hand and tireless advocacy for both the open source community and the developing commercial ecosystem has helped OpenDaylight realize our core goal of uniting and advancing the networking industry.”

“It is nearly impossible to overstate how rare it is to find somebody like Neela, who brings an immense set of leadership skill, business knowledge and strategic direction to a project like OpenDaylight, while still honoring the open source project’s allegiance to its developer community first and foremost,” said Colin Dixon, OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee Chair, and Distinguished Engineer, Brocade. “Neela has formed deep bonds with huge swaths of the developers and earned the respect of the entire community in a way that very few people expected and even fewer could have accomplished. His ability to bring the whole community and stakeholders together to chart our course has been instrumental for OpenDaylight’s success and his presence will continue to be felt not only in OpenDaylight but in the open source networking ecosystem for some time to come.”

In his new role, Jacques will be working with Managing Director Enrique Salem, former president and CEO of Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), out of Bain Capital Venture’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. With a focus on the infrastructure space, Jacques will explore early stage companies and new ventures for the firm, leveraging his broad industry connections, vast networking expertise and knowledge of adjacent high-growth technologies such as containerization and blockchain.

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 Expands in China with Baidu

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OpenDaylight Project Expands in China with Baidu

Chinese tech giant to adopt OpenDaylight’s open SDN platform and rapidly deliver new AI services as mobile adoption continues to grow in China

SAN FRANCISCO, December 8, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks (SDN), today announced that Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, has joined the project at the Silver level. This follows a recent announcement by Baidu to open source one of its key machine learning tools, PaddlePaddle, and demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to open source.

Growing mobile markets in China over the past several years have connected more people to the Internet and opened up tremendous opportunities and venues for new business platforms and channel strategies in the region. Baidu is advancing Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the next stage of the Internet and is using deep learning to enable new technologies for autonomous driving and e-health services. The OpenDaylight platform will enable Baidu to optimize and automate their network.

“Leveraging an open SDN platform enables us to be a more nimble organization and rapidly deliver new services that meet the changing needs and diverse interests of our users and customers,” said Liu Ning, System Department Deputy Director at Baidu. “We are pleased to join the OpenDaylight community and support OpenDaylight as the de facto standard for SDN.”

Additionally, Baidu’s Liu Ning joins the OpenDaylight Advisory Group to provide technical and strategic guidance to the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee and OpenDaylight developer community based on the challenges of running a real-world network.

China’s three biggest internet companies – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – have all joined the OpenDaylight project. By leveraging the OpenDaylight platform to manage network agility and interoperability via SDN, these organizations will be better equipped to capture new revenue opportunities and handle the increasing demands their networks are facing.

“Baidu’s contributions will be very beneficial for the OpenDaylight community as well as the industry as a whole,” said Neela Jacques, Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project. “China is quickly becoming a hub for open source leadership and innovation. Baidu’s adoption of OpenDaylight will build on that momentum and inspire other Chinese companies to leverage open source technologies to drive rapid development, increased agility and cost savings.”

Baidu will be hosting an OpenDaylight Workshop in Beijing on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The event is part of OpenDaylight Days, a series of workshops that will be taking place in various cities across China from Dec. 12-16, 2016. Additional information including registration is available here.

Baidu, Inc. is more than just a leading Chinese-language Internet search provider; its Baidu.com domain is the largest website in China and the fourth largest website globally while the “Baidu” brand is one of the highest-ranking and most valuable brands in China. The company is taking AI to the next stage through its deep learning technology and research in image recognition, speech recognition, natural language processing, robotics and big data. The company also serves as a media platform for online marketing customers.

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 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.

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“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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Learn About OpenDaylight Membership

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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.

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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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