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OpenDaylight Releases SDN Architecture Details

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SAN FRANCISCO – The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance software-defined networking (SDN), today shared a first glimpse at the OpenDaylight SDN architecture aimed for the first release called “Hydrogen.” OpenDaylight is being built as a highly extensible and modular open source SDN platform to accelerate adoption across diverse and broad deployment use cases from enterprise IT to network providers to cloud service providers.

“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, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight Project. “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.”

With OpenDaylight, enterprise users and service providers can be fully vested in the SDN technology running their networks and have direct access to the people building it. To accommodate a wide range of use cases OpenDaylight Hydrogen includes new and legacy protocols such as OVSDB, OpenFlow 1.3.0, BGP and PCEP. It also includes multiple methods for network virtualization and two initial applications that leverage the features of OpenDaylight: Affinity Metadata Service to aid in policy management and Defense4All for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack protection. A plugin for OpenStack Neutron has been integrated, and the Open vSwitch Database project will allow management from within OpenStack.

Projects were contributed by Cisco, ConteXtream, Ericsson, IBM, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), NEC, Pantheon, Plexxi, Radware and developers Brent Salisbury and Evan Zeller from the University of Kentucky.

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