The OpenDaylight framework will enable faster innovation by vendors, interoperability across vendors, acceptance of APIs through a "broadly accepted" software platform, rapid access to new technologies and no vendor lock-in, Gopal asserts.
"Customers don't feel lock-in with open source," he said.
The goal is to produce code of the major common components required to build an SDN, Gopal says, deployed as is.
"It's about code," he says. "Vendors are to use OpenDaylight code as part of commercial products with differentiation above, below and around" the framework. It will also result in a community of code contributors and commercial vendors, he says.
"It is a meritocracy," Gopal said of the OpenDaylight decisions on which code to include in the framework. "Once it becomes Daylight, it is Daylight code. The best code wins."
Currently, an OpenDaylight technical steering committee is sorting through the contributions to determine what will make up the framework.
Doubters should give the process time, Gopal suggested.
"Come back in two years and grade us," he said, to which he concluded his address with a slide of open questions, such as why there were no users in the group; and how it might work with the Open Networking Foundation and other SDN standards organizations.
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