IBM, Red Hat, Cisco, Citrix, others former software-defined network group

April 9, 2013 No Comments

Source: WRALTechWire

Raleigh, N.C. — Software-defined networking, or SDN, is getting a big boost with a project called “Open Daylight.”

Some of the biggest names in networking technology are joining forces with Red Hat and the open source world to form a coalition designed to help drive adoption of the emerging SDN technology.

Cisco, IBM, Ericsson, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Citrix, Brocade, Big Switch Networks and VMware are the “platinum” and “gold” headliners of the new group announced Monday. They will work together under the auspices of the Linux Foundation and are committed to a “more open source framework” in developing SDN solutions.

“This is a rare gathering of leaders in the technology ecosystem who have decided to combine efforts in a common platform in order to innovate faster and build better products for their customers,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The world has learned that collaborative development can quickly drive software innovation, especially in fast moving markets. We are excited to be working with OpenDaylight and expect truly amazing things to come.”

SDN poses threats and opportunities for companies in the network technology space, both in hardware and software.

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