SDN Gets More Extreme

By Paula Bernier June 24, 2014

Extreme Networks today unveiled a software-defined networking platform that it says promotes community-led innovation and enables customers to migrate their existing networks to SDN without great expensive and difficulty. And the company and its partner US Ignite have launched a competition to encourage third parties to develop innovative solutions based on the platform.

The platform offers application analytics, network access control, network management, and wireless controller functionality. It’s based on the controller from OpenDaylight, which Extreme joined earlier this month; has north and southbound APIs with controller support for OpenStack and OpenFlow; and allows network managers to do automation, orchestration, and provisioning via a single interface.

"The OpenDaylight project was created to provide an open platform for network programmability to drive and enable SDN,” says Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, an industry initiative established an effort to simplify network management. “The interoperability and openness that Extreme Networks provides through its comprehensive approach complements the goals of our community perfectly."

As for the competition, it’s called the Extreme SDN Innovation Challenge, and it will award prizes for applications that leverage the Extreme Networks SDN platform in the most innovative ways. Applications will be accepted from September through May for the challenge, which is open to U.S. university students and US Ignite members in good standing. US Ignite is a non-profit organization focused on igniting the development and use of applications in the areas of advanced manufacturing, education and workforce, energy, health, public safety, and transportation.

(To learn more about NFV and SDN, consider attending Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event. It will run from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas.)

“SDN drives a new high-level architecture for networks and applications,” says Infonetics Research analyst Cliff Grossner. “SDN enables integration of the network with orchestration platforms for automation of the entire [data center] across its three essential elements of compute, storage, and the network. SDN also enables coordination between applications and the network, something that does not occur in current networks.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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