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June 6, 2014

Oracle joins OpenDaylight to expand SDN

Extreme Networks and Flextronics will also join the open source project.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Oracle, Extreme Networks and Flextronics are the latest members to join the Open Daylight Project, in efforts to advance their software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) plans.

The OpenDaylight project, formed in April 2013, aims to build a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilise, contribute and build commercial products and technologies.

Oracle, which joins as silver member, said it would integrate the OpenDaylight technology into its upcoming Solaris 11.2 Unix operating system, which is already integrated with the open source OpenStack cloud platform.

This would allow its customers to use a common and open SDN platform with OpenStack to manage Oracle Solaris-based clouds, the firm said.

"Tapping into OpenDaylight will enable us to extend the application-driven SDN capabilities in Oracle Solaris and allow customers to take advantage of a broad ecosystem of OpenDaylight-compatible networking devices and SDN applications," said Markus Flierl, VP of Oracle Solaris, in a statement.

Oracle also intends to integrate OpenStack Neturon and OpenDaylight SDN to Solaris 11.2 in efforts to extend the Solaris network stack.

Flieri added: "For SDN to go mainstream the industry needs an open and common platform."

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Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Citrix are among the other technology firms that are working with the Linux Foundation on OpenDaylight.

Other members of the collaborative project include Juniper Networks, VMware, Red Hat, Intel, Brocade, HP, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nuage Networks, PLUMgrid, privately held Big Switch Networks and Arista Networks.

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