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HP pivots, says open sourcing SDNs is right

Jim Duffy | May 14, 2014
Reversal of last fall's views on OpenDaylight consortium not a reversal at all, HP says.

As for SDN controllers, Raza says HP will continue to sell and enhance its own Virtual Application Networks SDN controller and software development kit, and will offer only a single product; not that and an OpenDaylight variant. HP will integrate the VAN controller with OpenDaylight to make it a "first class citizen" in an OpenDaylight environment, and make it and its features and applications part of the consortium's ecosystem.

For OpenDaylight, HP's raised profile means the consortium's work is making progress and on the up and up, project officials say. OpenDaylight has been viewed as having vendor interests in mind, and particular vendors at that, above all else.

"HP is a tremendous validation of how far we have come," says Neela Jacques, OpenDaylight executive director. "HP tracked our governance and did its due diligence. It's a statement that OpenDaylight is run right...and that decisions are made on technical merit and not anything else."

HP joins existing OpenDaylight Platinum members Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat. Raza will join OpenDaylight's board of directors, and David Lenrow, HP distinguished architect, will join OpenDaylight's Technical Steering Committee.

 

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