Recently, OpenDaylight become the first ever open source project to earn best of Interop 2014 award for its significant contributions to advancing IT. Interop, the most respected networking industry trade show, awarded OpenDaylight with the Best of Interop Grand Prize selected from nine category winners across key facets of IT. This caps off a year of accomplishments that have taken OpenDaylight from nascent underdog to one of the most important open source projects in the world.
One year ago at the Open Networking Summit, we announced OpenDaylight—a cross-industry consortium tasked with building an open source community and platform for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions. OpenDaylight is the culmination of IBM's efforts to build an open platform that can provide the base for one of the three pillars of Software Defined Environments (SDE) alongside Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and Software-Defined Compute (SDC). The consortium launched with other major industry players including Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat.
While some people were enthusiastic from the beginning, others were understandably skeptical. Many of the companies involved were networking equipment vendors who might oppose a truly open platform that could rapidly bring sweeping changes to how we build networking infrastructure. During the announcement, Inder Gopal, IBM's Vice President of Network Development and Chairman of the OpenDaylight board, deflected these criticisms as FUD and asked for people to revisit the project in a year and see what it had accomplished.
In the last year, we've accomplished a huge amount, proving our critics wrong in the process. Most importantly, we had our first release, codenamed Hydrogen, with more than 1 million lines of code from more than 150 developers. This release forms the core of several products for companies including Cisco, IBM and Inocybe, ranging from IT giants to small startups.
Along the way, everyone that showed up to participate found a vibrant meritocracy focused on getting things done. This has encouraged OpenDaylight's growth from 2 projects and 18 companies to 18 projects and 33 companies. By almost any metric, this makes OpenDaylight one of the most successful open source projects in the cloud space.
This has not gone unnoticed.
OpenDaylight has collected a set of major awards spanning open source and industry including:
Best of Interop Grand Award and SDN Category Winner. This is the the top award for the flagship networking industry conference and it marks the first time an open source project has won that honor.
Black Duck Open Source Rookie of the Year. This award recognizes the top 10 new projects across all of open source software.
- SDN Idol Finalist. One of five projects selected to compete for the best SDN product with a live demo.
Along with our first release, we held the first OpenDaylight summit which sold out and provided a variety of technical talks, tutorials, design sessions, and other events many given to standing-room-only audiences.
All of this has led to OpenDaylight becoming the open platform for developing SDN-based solutions. Many of our critics have come around and we know that we can continue to win them over as they spend more time with the community and see what we can do. Don't take my word for it; ZDNet says "With OpenDaylight software-defined networking, rivals and users are united by open source to create software-defined networking for everyone. Believe it or not, the group's already made great progress and more is in store." If you want to hear more watch or read any of these retrospectives.
IBM’s SDN-VE line of products is one of the first in the industry to be based on OpenDaylight. It provides network virtualization for both KVM and VMware environments as well as controlling OpenFlow networks through a unified interface.
If you're interested, you can find more information and get involved at opendaylight.org. All of our meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend or wants to help out can contribute code. Come help IBM and OpenDaylight build the future of networking and the future of the cloud and software defined environments. You can also connect with me on Twitter @colin_dixon or refer my personal blog.
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