New OpenDaylight SDN Controller Boosts IoT Support

It also includes an integrated framework for network functions virtualization (NFV) management.

The OpenDaylight Project has produced the sixth version of its open source software-defined networking (SDN) controller, describing the "Carbon" release as more mature, with more support for Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, among other enhancements.

The OpenDaylight Project is a three-year-old collaborative effort overseen by The Linux Foundation in order to promote the development and use of SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV). It's led by companies such as Dell, Cisco, HPE, Brocade Communications Systems and many more. It develops an open source controller that can serve as a baseline upon which other controllers can be built.

Last September, the project issued its fifth platform edition, Boron, citing major user-led contributions and engagement, enhancements to cloud and NFV use-case functionality and better performance and tooling that reportedly simplified management of a range of use cases.

In the new Carbon release, the project focuses on better IoT, Metro Ethernet and cable operator support, along with improved integration with the OpenStack project, which provides a cloud OS. Other areas of focus included integrated NFV management and S3P, standing for security, scale, stability and performance.

OpenDaylight Carbon
[Click on image for larger view.] OpenDaylight Carbon (source: OpenDaylight).

"OpenDaylight's latest release further advances the platform's scalability and robustness, with new capabilities supporting multi-site deployments for geographic reach, application performance and fault tolerance," the project said in a news release last week. "Southbound protocols OpenFlow and Netconf gained in scalability and features, as did various administrative utilities.

"Carbon also streamlines service function chaining by providing an integrated framework for NFV management. Much of this integration work and new capabilities available in Carbon were showcased as part of a proposed 'Nirvana Stack,' presented in Boston last month."

The Nirvana Stack framework provides a common way to deploy virtual netowrk functions (VNFs) within an OpenStack environment. The project said the creation and management of VNFs is a principal driver of both SDN and orchestration adoption.

Full details of the Carbon release can be found here.

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