OpenDaylight looks to guide enterprises along the virtualization path


While much of the focus around virtualization and SDN deployment has been related to service providers, OpenDaylight is finding that its solution sets are becoming more applicable to enterprises.

Initially, service providers like AT&T which have set aggressive virtualization paths, have been the main advocates of SDN and NFV.

Phil Robb, VP of operations - networking & orchestration for the Linux Foundation and interim executive director of OpenDaylight, told FierceTelecom that the elements it is building will benefit enterprises.

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“We’re putting solutions together today with OpenDaylight being coupled with ONAP and them both leveraging OPNFV,” Robb said. “While that’s starting in carriers, we all have the expectations that these will end up getting picked up by the enterprises as well.”

An enterprise can leverage virtualization elements to support applications running in their data centers.  

“There’s a need for that kind of orchestration and threading of applications,” Robb said.

Such a proposition is already being touted by Nuage Networks, Nokia’s SDN arm.

Nuage recently won a deal for a SDN-based, large enterprise project in China with China Pacific Insurance Company (CPIC), for example. CPIC will use Nuage Networks’ Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) in two data centers to integrate IT systems, unify its private cloud and build a test cloud for R&D research.

One technology where SDN will have an impact in the enterprise is SD-WAN, which allows end-users to connect headquarter and remote office sites over low-cost broadband connections.

“We know we have got folks using SD-WAN type applications in the lab to support various retail stories or small office configuration,” Robb said.