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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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