SDN Essentials, RAISECOM Join OpenDaylight Foundation

By David Delony March 30, 2016

The OpenDaylight Project has announced that two new organizations, SDN Essentials and RAISECOM, have joined the project at the Silver level.

"I am pleased to see such reputable organizations officially join the OpenDaylight community," said Neela Jacques, executive director for OpenDaylight. "SDN Essentials has been instrumental in developing effective training courses for those implementing SDN technologies and helping to broaden the industry scope of SDN. And RAISECOM brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in connecting a wide array of organizations to virtualized network solutions via SDN and NFV. We look forward to collaborating with both groups to continue the journey of open source SDN and NFV."

OpenDaylight is an effort spearheaded by The Linux Foundation to create an open source SDN and NFV platform. A number of major companies and other organizations are participating in the project.

SDN Essentials, a division of InterCloud Systems, focuses on providing training on SDN as well as consulting and even software development. All of these will be important as SDN is still a fairly new technology and these new virtualized networks will only grow in complexity.

"We are excited to join the OpenDaylight community and lend our expertise in building SDN solutions, training and execution strategies," said Doug Marschke, chief technology officer for SDN Essentials. "Our goal is to further collaborate with the OpenDaylight community to expand industry innovation and training as networks become more and more demanding."

RAISECOM, based in both China and the U.S., provides networking hardware products for service providers, with an emphasis on switches.

SDN and NFV currently appeal most to carriers wanting to simplify their infrastructure even as they implement improved mobile backhaul. Having vendors like RAISECOM in the fold will only boost the acceptance of OpenDaylight.

Open source projects like Linux are already very popular with hardware manufacturers because it shaves off a lot of development costs for software that supports their products.

"As organizations look to virtualize their networks via technologies like SDN and NFV, we're seeing significant growth and opportunity in the open source landscape," Rui Yang, vice president of marketing and product planning for RAISECOM, said. "Through our partnership with OpenDaylight, we look forward to contributing to the rapid innovation open source allows among the networking industry."

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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