Making the software fit vertical industries has to be another area of focus. For example, OpenDaylight needs greater security before it can be used in U.S. federal agencies, Pandey said. "That's something that we hope OpenDaylight will do in the future, but right now it doesn't exist," he said.
The project can't be dismissed, but it's not time for a victory lap, either, one analyst said.
"It clearly wasn't just a press release, and to their credit, the community has shown the ability to get beyond the organizational issues and mixed and possibly contradictory motivations, and do real technical work," 451 Research analyst Peter Christy said in an email interview. "But this is certainly a case where the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the unanswered questions are who does what with the output and what the commercial impact is. That will take some more time to discern."
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