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OpenDaylight: Where's the love?

Jim Duffy | Feb. 6, 2014
Almost a year after OpenDaylight's introduction was deluged with skepticism, the open source SDN consortium is still struggling to improve industry perception despite meeting many of its initial goals.

Non-vendor users include the University of Kentucky, Taiwanese researcher ITRI, CableLabs, and a smattering of individual users and developers.

With that, Shaikh sought to shatter what he feels are misperceptions about OpenDaylight.

"I personally feel this accusation of vendor-driven, pay-to-play is unfair given the data we're seeing," Shaikh said. "But we'd love to have some service providers and financial services companies as members."

On the community goal, OpenDaylight has a large set of formal and non-affiliated members, and the diversity and number of its committers is increasing but needs more work, especially in the diversity of project-level committers, Shaikh said. Still, it's not a lot different from OpenStack's progression, he notes.

And on industry perception, OpenDaylight still has some work to do to convince the broader industry of to share Zemlin's bubbly exuberance. Shaikh gives the consortium a "mixed" grade on that.


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