OpenDaylight Welcomes Alcatel-Lucent, Glob Telecom, Zenlayer

By David Delony November 16, 2015

The OpenDaylight Project, an open source platform for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), have announced that three major companies, Alcatel-Lucent, Globe Telecom and Zenlayer have joined the project.

"Within the networking industry, we've seen major telecommunications providers emerge as the first to invest heavily in open source technologies such as OpenDaylight," said Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight. "We're now at an inflection point where we're beginning to see web-scale and enterprise organizations embrace open SDN and NFV for their networks. Not far behind are those with infrastructure needs that closely resemble those of service providers. Our newest corporate members and Advisory Group representatives are a great demonstration of the growing diversity and interest in ODL and open SDN, and we expect to see this trend continue into 2016."

SDN and NFV are new technologies that are drastically changing the way that networks are built in data centers, moving from physical switches, routers and firewalls to devices that can be defined in software and consolidated into fewer physical machines, just as other servers can be virtualized.

With these new standards of networking, it’s in the whole industry’s interest to adopt open source and open standards. Open standards usually win against proprietary protocols. For example, almost all networks these days use TCP/IP and Ethernet instead of NetBEUI or IPX.

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Having the support of the major companies across different areas will only bolster the project’s legitimacy. Alcatel-Lucent is a major networking hardware maker, Globe Telecom is a major telco in the Philippines and Zenlayer is an SDN network and data center service provider.

"The OpenDaylight platform is quickly becoming the de facto SDN standard, and we're very excited to become a part of the community," said Zenlayer founder and CEO Joe Zhu. "We believe in the power of open source and are eager to collaborate with others on bringing cross-border SDN solutions to organizations across the world."

The OpenDaylight foundation has also welcomed people from Credit Suisse.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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