After several months of effort, OpenDaylight is ready for sunrise. “The OpenDaylight community is developing an SDN architecture that supports a wide range of protocols and can rapidly evolve in the direction SDN goes, not based on any one vendor’s purposes,” said David Meyer, the OpenDaylight Project's Technical Steering Committee chair, in a statement.
Meyer continued, “As an open-source project OpenDaylight can be a core component within any SDN architecture, putting the user in control. The community is working to further refine the Service Abstraction Layer to deliver an efficient application API that can be used over a broad collection of network devices so we can deliver a best-of-breed platform that will help users of all stripes realize the promise of SDN.”
To make OpenDaylight more cloud friendly, it will include an OpenStack Neutron, OpenStack's virtual networking, plugin and the Open vSwitch Database project will allow management from within OpenStack.
It's impressive enough to get all these technologies together. Even better, the Linux Foundation, which oversees OpenDaylight, has kept the SDN powers working with each other. In Hydrogen, Cisco, ConteXtream, Ericsson, IBM, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), NEC, Pantheon, Plexxi, and Radware all worked together.
As Inder Gopal, OpenDaylight's Board of Directors chairman and IBM VP for networking development, said in a statement, “OpenDaylight has made great strides toward its goal of accelerating a common SDN platform. As the networking industry evolves to a software-defined world we are seeing open source development and design methodology as the driving force for modern architectures.”