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Which SDN offerings include an OpenDaylight controller?

Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, reviews which SDN vendors include OpenDaylight controllers in their product offerings.

Which vendors distribute OpenDaylight controllers as part of their SDN offerings?

This is a really important question, because one of the core problems that OpenDaylight is addressing is fragmentation in SDN technologies. There are over 30 SDN controllers on the market today. One of the key reasons for creating an open source codebase for SDN and NFV is so that vendors can build their unique products, service and support offerings on top of a common, core set of technologies  -- ultimately benefiting end users who want interoperability and to avoid vendor lock-in.

Getting the industry to evolve from building SDN solutions based on their own proprietary technology to adopting code from a collaborative project like ours is neither an easy task nor something that happens overnight. We’ve been pleasantly surprised, however, by all the signs that we’re seeing. A few players have already released products based on early OpenDaylight code.

Cisco and IBM were the first out of the gate. Most companies, however, waited for our first release (Hydrogen released in February) to work on their products. Inocybe has already released a commercial distribution of OpenDaylight Hydrogen. Their CEO Mathieu Lemay said, “Basing our product roadmap on OpenDaylight gets us faster time-to-market for our customers.” ConteXtream is a good example of a company that is already marketing how they leverage OpenDaylight technology with their service provider-focused solution. OpenDaylight developer David Goldberg talks about the product ConteXtream has built in a recent blog post, “When I create a product based on OpenDaylight, I know that I will be able to run it on all of the solutions based on OpenDaylight, which is a big advantage.”

I am encouraged by the fact that so many people are actively working on embedding OpenDaylight within their solutions. Optical equipment leader Ciena is a great example of a company that saw the value very early in building on top of OpenDaylight. In a recent blog, Ciena’s Chris Janz said “the OpenDaylight architecture is the foundation of our first wave of control layer portfolio.” Oracle has also recently shared that they see OpenDaylight and OpenStack as key, complementary technologies being built as part of its Solaris roadmap.

Others aren’t yet willing to share specifics but are saying enough to give folks a sense of where they are likely heading. ADVA demoed an OpenDaylight-based solution at the TERENA Networking Conference in Europe showcasing how enterprises could roll out ultra-high definition 4K video services over the network. I recently sat in a presentation at an industry event in London where an Ericsson speaker told the audience Ericsson’s NFV solution is being built on OpenDaylight.

Finally, HP’s Bethany Mayer made a set of very encouraging comments regarding their significant increase in investments in OpenDaylight. She shared HP will “engage more using OpenDaylight code base in some of our products.” As the OpenDaylight community further develops the code base I expect we will continue to see more and more announcements like these. Industry analyst Roy Chua shared in his session at the Open Networking Summit that he believes OpenDaylight is quickly becoming the de-facto standard for SDN controllers and that customers will see two camps: solutions with OpenDaylight-based controllers and those still leveraging proprietary controllers.


This was last published in June 2014

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I'm pretty sure that Midokura also uses OpenDaylight at least for OVSDB support as evidenced here: https://github.com/midokura/odp-ovsdb
Various big brands are evaluating open daylight controller, majorly for research purpose and to see if that can benefit to them for any of their product lines, { can't disclose the name}