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OpenDaylight Helps Organizations Solve Key Network Challenges With Fourth Platform Release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2016) -  The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that OpenDaylight Beryllium (ODL Be), its fourth open Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform release, is now available to service providers and enterprises seeking to solve key network challenges related to Automated Service Delivery, Network Resource Optimization, Cloud and NFV, and others.

"Dozens of vendors and end users have already chosen to build and deploy solutions leveraging the OpenDaylight platform," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "ODL Be delivers important performance and scalability improvements and adds significant new network services and abstractions to serve the ever-growing set of use cases being tackled by end-users. ODL Be brings us one step closer to unifying the industry around a single, common platform."

Those who have already deployed ODL will see significant improvements in performance, scalability and functionality with ODL Be. New network services offer clustering and high availability, improved data handling, messaging for transport, greater abstraction of network models, broad management of network elements, and a new GUI. ODL Be is the ideal platform to get a full range of options for configuring policy and intent, and there are several new applications built on ODL that make the transition to SDN even easier.

New Features in OpenDaylight Beryllium

  • Performance and Scalability: Stronger analysis and testing of clustering (where multiple instances of ODL act as one logical controller) appear in ODL Be. Applications that want to be cluster-aware can choose how to put data across the cluster. For the first time in OpenDaylight, the Be release includes all the components necessary to fully support OpenStack High Availability and Clustering with improved support for Neutron APIs and features. As of the Be release, OpenDaylight enables workload placement on hosts with DPDK-accelerated virtual switches.
  • Ease of Adoption: ODL Be continues to integrate features to improve interoperability for multivendor environments with updates to its microservices architecture and new projects like NetIDE for intent-based network modeling. The NeXt UI feature allows you to better understand OpenDaylight's functionality through user-friendly visual displays. Updated documentation is available to aid in installation and deployment.
  • Abstracting Network Models: ODL Be includes the widest range of configurations for policy and intent of any controller or platform. Four methods are supported -- NEMO, Application Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO), Group Based Policy (GBP) and Network Intent Composition (NIC) -- providing unparalleled flexibility for intent-based management and direction of network services and resources.
  • Broad Set of Use Cases: ODL Be provides the broadest set of SDN use cases, both traditional and greenfield, for service provider and enterprise networks. New services and architectural improvements in Beryllium will enable new use cases in the areas of Cloud and NFV as well as adding scale and flexibility to the traditional use cases in the areas of network resource optimization and automated service delivery.

"Thousands of end users around the globe use, test and deploy OpenDaylight as an SDN platform, with many having contributed code and ideas to the ODL Be release," said Chris Luke, chair of the OpenDaylight Advisory Group and senior principal engineer, Comcast. "Community participation and contributions continue to grow, which is reflected in the Beryllium release. The platform is being enhanced and refined consistent with how open SDN is being utilized throughout the ecosystem."

OpenDaylight's developer community continues to work closely with the OpenDaylight Advisory Group, composed of senior technical architects from some of OpenDaylight's most demanding users (including AT&T, China Mobile, Comcast, Caltech, Tencent, and Telefonica, among others), to develop the feature sets most needed for the demands and constraints of real world networks.

ODL Be Webinar

OpenDaylight Beryllium will be featured in an Open Networking Summit (ONS) webinar Thursday, March 3 at 11:30 am PST. Join OpenDaylight executive director Neela Jacques and OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee Chair Colin Dixon for "OpenDaylight Beryllium: Technical Deep Dive." To register, please visit

ODL Be Events

Learn more about Beryllium by attending one of the many OpenDaylight-hosted events this year, including:

Supporting Quotes


"The combination of our Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS), CloudVision® and the new ODL Beryllium release, delivers essential software-driven networks for a broad set of cloud use cases across service provider and enterprise networks," said Ed Chapman, Vice President Business Development and Alliances for Arista Networks.


"AT&T is excited about the new features and enhancements in Beryllium, which will increase the stability, features and scale of projects using this platform," said Brian Freeman, distinguished member of technical staff, AT&T. "There have been important changes to components we rely on -- MD-SAL, Clustering, NETCONF and BGPCEP. These changes are critical to SDN service providers and new projects like OpenFlow Extensions for Circuit Switches will help us in our plans for SDN in the transport network. Not only are robust developer communities crucial for the long-term success of open source, but service providers also look for reliability, flexibility and easy integration when selecting platforms to deploy to production. We're proponents of open source and are encouraged by the momentum in SDN and virtualization. We've been active in the open source community and are proud that YANGIDE, an AT&T project that works with OpenDaylight, is now in open source."


"As an active contributor to the OpenDaylight project, Brocade is pleased to see continuing advancements in the code and growth of the developer community. The improvements in reliability, performance and scalability in the Beryllium release will address the needs of our demanding enterprise and service provider customers," said Michael Bushong, vice president of product management, Software Networking, Brocade. "We're excited to leverage ODL Beryllium in the next commercial version of the Brocade SDN Controller to further speed the adoption of open source SDN for New IP networks."


"OpenDaylight is the only SDN controller / SDN application development platform that addresses the full breadth of SDN in a coherent fashion. OpenDaylight has proven that SDN is not just about protocols but about service / function models derived from a standardized open source starting point. The Beryllium release improves scale, performance, and high availability of existing components, such as OpenFlow, Netconf, and OVSDB. It adds a plethora of new features to components such as BGP/PCEP, LISP, or GBP/SFC, PacketCable PCMM, LISP Mapping Server, and it expands ODL's scope with new features and components such as the Topology Processing Framework and the OF-CONFIG protocol plugin. ODL's capabilities as a model-driven application development platform have been expanded with improvements to YangTools and with new high performance APIs to the MD-SAL Data Store. With the Beryllium release ODL has matured and is being used as a foundational building block in a variety of OpenSource and commercial SDN projects/applications."


"OpenDaylight is making great progress and is well aligned with Dell's disaggregated and open networking vision. It is an exciting release with four projects passing graduation reviews and we congratulate all projects that participated in Beryllium release. Dell has made significant contributions working with the community in a number of areas including LACP (Link Aggregation Control Protocol), TSDR (Time Series Database), OpenFlow, and ODL controller integration with OpenStack. Dell also provides customers with a fully supported ODL version for OpenStack environments, beginning with Lithium release. In addition, Dell sees ODL play a key role in SDN solutions for future enterprise, carrier grade NFV and distributed IoT and mobile edge environments." -- Gaurav Chawla, senior distinguished engineer, Dell and ODL Board Member


"Beryllium is a proof point of the maturity that ODL is reaching and the great momentum of industry collaboration around open source. Beryllium will bring major improvements to the market in scalability and high availability for SDN control in cloud environments and also enriched functionality, like service chaining, VPN-based data center connectivity, etc. Beryllium is a key industry asset to build automated networking solutions both in telco networks and in a global data center space," said Jan Häglund, vice president and head of Network Analytics and Control, Ericsson. "We have been a major contributor to the OpenDaylight project since its inception and we are very pleased to see the progress this community is making towards an open, stable platform for SDN."


"Fujitsu is pleased that the value of OpenDaylight has been increased even more with the release of Beryllium. Fujitsu uses OpenDaylight as an SDN Controller platform, and through collaboration with the open community, expects synergy to emerge between Fujitsu and the OpenDaylight Project." -- Kiyofumi Hara, vice president, SDN Solution Business Division, Network Solutions Business Unit, Fujitsu

Johan Gustawsson, Advisory Group Member

"In the Beryllium release, there are two main things that stand out along with improvements to support large-scale deployments. The first is the addition of much-needed features in the already existing wide array of plugins that have made ODL the go-to platform. The second is the increased focus on policy and intent, which well reflects current industry requirements. This will hopefully lead to greater awareness of any gaps that need to be filled on the path toward consensus. It is also one of the key steps in making ODL a viable candidate for multiple roles in modular and hierarchical architectures." -- Johan Gustawsson, OpenDaylight Advisory Group member and network architect, TeliaSonera


"OpenDaylight is a powerful platform for different NFV use cases that are being deployed by operators worldwide," said Anshu Agarwal, head of Solutions and Partner Development, HPE and board member, OpenDaylight. "OpenDaylight provides features that are absolutely necessary for the Telco Cloud, such as Service Function Chaining, Network Virtualization Platform, integration with OpenStack and several other APIs. Beryllium is a big step in bringing to OpenDaylight the maturity and functionality that our service provider customers have been looking for from SDN controllers."


"Huawei is very happy to see the successful launch of OpenDaylight's fourth release, Beryllium. With Beryllium's improved performance and scalability, it will help the industry adopt and deploy SDN/NFV solutions. Huawei actively participates and contributes to SDN/NFV open source projects including OpenDaylight; we contributed two new projects to the Beryllium release: FaaS and NEMO." -- Chang Yue, chief architect, Huawei Enterprise Networking and Security Product Line, Huawei


 "The Beryllium release represents a significant step forward for OpenDaylight, which is continuing to evolve into an Open SDN platform that is stable enough to take it to new verticals. Inocybe is pleased to be the number one pure play OpenDaylight company, contributing to the maturity and robustness of the code, and assisting our users in creating their own customized OpenDaylight Distribution through our platform and tools," said Mathieu Lemay, president and chief executive officer, Inocybe Technologies. "The Beryllium release is the next step in meeting the diverse needs of our partners and clients."


"OpenDaylight is a critical part of the open source networking community and the quality and features of Beryllium show how the industry and open source developers can work together to build a leading SDN solution," said Jay Turner, senior director of DevOps, IIX and CloudRouter project lead. "We intend to include Beryllium in CloudRouter, the leading open source networking platform for community collaboration."


"Lenovo believes software defined datacenters, built on an open standard ecosystem, will improve business agility and help simplify management while driving substantial IT cost savings. Lenovo networking and servers with OpenDaylight enable easy deployment and management of virtualized and hybrid cloud environments." -- Brian Connors, vice president, Next Generation Infrastructures and Business Development, Enterprise Business Group, Lenovo


"NEC continues its focus on delivering networking solutions that increase openness, control and reliability. By contributing to the projects deemed mature by the OpenDaylight community, NEC demonstrates its commitment to production-ready open networking. Beryllium represents a major step forward in the OpenDaylight project and increases customer choice in software-defined network deployments."


"OpenDaylight is a core component in our long term strategic efforts," said David Aviv, CTO, Radware. "The richness of the functionality that comes with the platform as well as the ease of extensibility make it an ideal platform on which to build new innovative products. ODL projects/components such as SFC, GBP, and TSDR tackle important problems and are becoming the de facto standards in their relevant areas. As the project matures and gains traction we are able to utilize its advanced collection and programming capabilities and integrate it with our DefenseFlow for automated security incident response. This provides datacenter security operations with new tools to detect, investigate and mitigate complex attacks by automating the defense life cycle against attack campaigns."

Red Hat

"The Beryllium release highlights a broader trend within the technology industry, that of open source acting as the catalyst for innovation, and Beryllium helps drive this trend in software defined networking by setting a milestone in project maturity and focusing on use cases such as cloud and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)," said Chris Wright, chief technologist, Red Hat. "Open source is at the core of Red Hat's business, and we are pleased to continue to contribute to and support the OpenDaylight community as they release networking innovations built on open standards and transparent code."


"Spirent has been participating in OpenDaylight project since its inception while also enabling customers and vendors to validate ODL-based controllers. With Beryllium release, we hope to see wider adoption of OpenDaylight and its application towards new services like Cloud and SD-WAN."-- Malathi Malla, director of product marketing, Spirent Communications


"Zenlayer is excited to see the Beryllium release, especially its full support of OpenStack High Availability and Clustering, as they are crucial for the performance of enterprise-level SDN deployment. ODL Be greatly expands SDN applications and eases the transition to SDN," said Joe Zhu, CEO and founder, Zenlayer. "Zenlayer is pleased to be a part of the OpenDaylight community and to contribute to its continued growth."

About the OpenDaylight Project

The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for a more transparent approach that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN framework consisting of code and blueprints. Get involved:

OpenDaylight is a project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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