Leading Vendors Bring Wealth of Contributions to OpenDaylight Project

By Paula Bernier August 08, 2013

Activities under the OpenDaylight Project umbrella are moving along at a rapid clip, according to the organization, with one of the more recent contributions to the effort coming from Radware.

The company, which joined the group in June, has brought to the table its Defense4All distributed denial-of-service protection application. It’s a toolset to detect and address DDoS attacks and does statistics collection, anomaly detection, traffic redirection and mitigation management.

OpenDaylight is a community-led open source framework aimed at accelerating adoption and fostering innovation related to the software-defined network. SDN is an architecture that separates the control and data planes of the network and automatically looks at flows in the network, understanding the requirements of those different flows, and using the network to provide those flows with the appropriate bandwidth and other network resources. This applications-first networking mindset is a significant change from how networks are designed and work today. It takes the traditional siloed approach to networking and effectively lays it on its side.

The OpenDaylight Project was founded by Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Nuage Networks, PLUMgrid, Red Hat and VMware. Cyan, Huawei, Inocybe Technologies, Plexxi and Radware in early June announced they had joined the group.

“OpenDaylight is accelerating SDN innovation, and we’re excited to contribute to that effort,” said Avi Chesla, chief technology officer at Radware, commenting at the time the company announced it had joined the effort. “Developers will use OpenDaylight to build new products and applications upon that will truly change the networking market in the months and years to come.”

Radware’s recent contribution to OpenDaylight is just one of many from various member companies. Others include Affinity Metadata Service, which was contributed by Plexxi, and provides an API allowing the OpenDaylight controller and higher-level applications to create and share an abstract, topology and implementation independent description of the infrastructure needs, preferences and behaviors of workloads that use the network to talk to one another; a BGP/PCEP protocol library, contributed by Cisco, which provides Java-based implementation of the Border Gateway Protocol and the Path Computation Element Protocol; LISP Mapping Service from ConteXtream; an IBM-contributed version of its established network virtualization technology called Distributed Overlay Virtual Ethernet; an OpenFlow 1.3.0 Protocol Library from Pantheon; and OpenFlow Plugin from Cisco, Ericsson and IBM.

“Community growth for OpenDaylight has been astonishing with hundreds of developers now contributing their time and talents for the advancement of SDN. Everything is starting to congeal between the contributions and the people working fast and furious to build what we expect will be industry leading SDN technology," said David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair, OpenDaylight Project. “The steady growth of the corporate member base is ensuring that we have a solid financial foundation from which to operate. It's an exciting time to be involved with SDN."

To learn more about SDN, TMC invites you to attend SDN Precon at ITEXPO Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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