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IBM's SDN Push Has Big Rivals
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10/1/2013 | 4:24:46 PM
re: IBM's SDN Push Has Big Rivals
I find some of this a little bit confusing. OpenDaylight is less about making an open source operating system for the network and more about creating an open source platform to act as the control point for the network.

The underlying network will consist of switching and routing elements (some physical, some virtual). Those elements will have network operating systems (some proprietary, some open source). And those elements within an SDN architecture will all need to be orchestrated by some SDN controller.

The hope is that controller can be open source, helping to mitigate lock-in at the point of control. That point of control will also serve for many as the point of integration. Keeping this free from vendor interests likely benefits everyone. It should help minimize the likelihood that the orchestration system inhibits choice and flexibility in the supporting networking nodes.

-Mike Bushong (@ubm_techweb_disqus_sso_-1f1aa9da472195170d23a745dc1f3a27:disqus )
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