OpenDaylight Rolls Out Hydrogen SDN Platform

The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), is offering a product it thinks is ready for prime time. Hydrogen is officially available for download.

Enterprises, service providers, equipment providers and academia can download Hydrogen, OpenDaylight's open-source software-defined network product, and begin to evaluate, commercialize and deploy SDN and NFV.

EUOpenDaylight formed with the goal of tackling one of ITEUs toughest challenges: simplifying network management,EU said David Meyer, Technical Steering Committee chair at OpenDaylight. EUThis first release is a great step forward and the community is already looking to build on its work to address a variety of additional capabilities and features in subsequent releases that are being discussed at the first OpenDaylight Summit this week.EU

Three SDN Flavors

With over a million lines of code, Hydrogen is the first simultaneous release of OpenDaylight delivering three different editions to help a wide array of users get up and running as quickly as possible -- Base Edition, Virtualization Edition and Service Provider Edition.

Hydrogen Base Edition is for those who are exploring SDN and OpenFlow for proof-of-concepts or academic initiatives in physical or virtual environments. Hydrogen Virtualization Edition for data centers includes all the components of Base plus functionality for creating and managing Virtual Tenant Networks and virtual overlays, and includes applications for security and network management.

Finally, Service Provider Edition is for providers and carriers who manage existing networks and want to plot a path to SDN and NFV. It includes Base plus protocol support commonly encountered in service provider networks, as well as security and network management applications.

EUWe are seeing new OpenDaylight implementations and solutions coming to the forefront every day,EU said Neela Jacques, executive director at OpenDaylight. EUAll signs point to 2014 being a key year for the project as...

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