OpenDaylight Project Finds Industry Wants Open-Source SDN

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZD Net | March 19, 2014

Summary: The Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight Project conducted a third-party survey that found 95 percent of networking pros want open-source software-defined networking technologies.

It's not too surprising that members of the Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight Project believe that the networking industry thinks open source is the future for software-defined networking (SDN). After all, OpenDaylight is an industry consortium of technology powers, such as Brocade, Cisco, and Microsoft, devoted to open-sourcing SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The Project's survey was conducted by a third party, Gigaom Research, which found no less than 95 percent of networking professionals want open-source SDN.

I believe those numbers. It's not just the OpenDaylight Project that's pounding the drum for SDN. Juniper is also playing the open-source SDN beat with its OpenContrail project. In short, open-source SDN really is that popular with the networking movers and shakers.