It will be interesting to see how these companies will get along with each other, or will some get in a huff and throw the toys out of the pram. Lets hope as they are under the auspices of the Linux Foundation
they can get them to play nicely
April 8, 2013 – The Linux Foundation,Industry Leaders Collaborate on OpenDaylight Project, Donate Key Technologies to Accelerate Software-Defined Networking
New open source framework to drive innovation and acceleration of technologies, allows customers, partners and community to shape SDN
SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2013 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to open source development and technologies, today announced the founding of the OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source framework that will accelerate adoption, foster new innovation and create a more open and transparent approach to Software-Defined Networking (SDN).Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Red Hat and VMware are founding Platinum and Gold members of the project and will donate software and engineering resources for this open source framework and help to define the future of an open SDN platform.
Founded on the principles of open and transparent development, OpenDaylight unites technology industry leaders to establish the largest SDN open source project to date, with the goal of a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilize, contribute to and build commercial products and technologies upon. The OpenDaylight Project is committed to furthering adoption of SDN as well as accelerating innovation on top of the platform in new and differentiated ways in a vendor-neutral and open environment where anyone can participate based on the merit of their contributions.
“This is a rare gathering of leaders in the technology ecosystem who have decided to combine efforts in a common platform in order to innovate faster and build better products for their customers,
” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.
“The world has learned that collaborative development can quickly drive software innovation, especially in fast moving markets. We are excited to be working with OpenDaylight and expect truly amazing things to come
The expansion of data centers and rise of cloud computing in the enterprise coupled with rapidly changing demands on service provider networks is driving companies to look to software-defined solutions to help improve network performance and management, lower costs and increase efficiencies. SDN can enable organizations to achieve these goals through speedy delivery of new cloud, big data, social business and mobile services. OpenDaylight will work to provide an open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence of underlying network infrastructure to make it more responsive to overall IT and service provider demands.
By supporting open standards such as the OpenFlow Networking Standard, OpenDaylight will empower the developer ecosystem to deliver a common open source framework and platform for SDN across the industry for customers, partners and developers. OpenDaylight will help customers with their IT strategies by having a single, multi-vendor and open source SDN platform on top of which further development by companies and individuals alike can be fostered. The first code from the OpenDaylight Project is expected to be released in 3Q13
and expected donations and projects include an open controller, a virtual overlay network, protocol plug-ins and switch device enhancements. A variety of companies and organizations are already proposing contributions or considering open sourcing key technologies that will be reviewed by the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee (TSC) for possible inclusion in the project: http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2013/04/industry-leaders-collaborate-opendaylight-project-donate-key
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