• 02/04/2014
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OpenDaylight Releases Hydrogen Open-Source SDN Platform

The first software release from the vendor-led Linux Foundation project gives network engineers and developers a way to test software-defined networking.

Ten months after launching with the goal of creating an open-source SDN platform, the OpenDaylight Project is releasing its first software.

Called Hydrogen, the software comes in three editions designed to accommodate the needs of developers, enterprises and service providers. Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, said Hydrogen will help network engineers and architects to get hands-on experience with software-defined networking.

"For the last two to three years, anyone involved in networking has heard how SDN is a cure-all for a wide range of problems they have. Now they need to turn that into a set of practical decisions in terms of their architecture," he said in an interview.

Network architects are wondering whether they need to make sure every switch they buy supports OpenFlow, and how OpenFlow compares to other protocols, Jacques said. However, the SDN landscape is complex, with many proprietary architectures.

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Open SDN

This is a good starting point - the SDN is still a new technology and most of network professionals do not have hands-on experience about it. Hydrogen will provide a good chance for the starters to get familiar with SDN and play with it. I am not sure if Hydrogen will become a popular SDN offer in the market but for sure it will help to foster the new technology.

How many major SDN initiatives now?

This is another SDN supplier with considerable vendor weight behind it. Even if we end up with four or more, say Cisco Insieme, Open Switch, Open Daylight and OpenStack, that's still a major move toward standardization compared to every man for himself that's ruled the design of network equipment to date. It's just enough to generate rapid progress without disemboweling the core idea of SDN, a programmable network.