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OpenDaylight Matures with Carbon Release and New Market Deployments

The sixth release of the open SDN controller adds new enhancements to support IoT deployments and better integration with OpenStack  

SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced its sixth release, Carbon. With this release, OpenDaylight adds new enhancements to better support Metro Ethernet and cable operators as well as Internet of Things (IoT) deployments.

“OpenDaylight-based networks are delivering business and consumer services to more than 1 billion subscribers around the globe today, as well as a growing number of users in the enterprise space,” said Phil Robb, Executive Director of OpenDaylight at The Linux Foundation. “Carbon delivers a deeper level of platform maturity, while solidifying the toolchains for leading use cases in private and hybrid cloud as well as the carrier market.”

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. Southbound protocols OpenFlow and Netconf gained in scalability and features, as did various administrative utilities.

Carbon streamlines service function chaining by providing an integrated framework for NFV management. Much of Carbon’s integration work and new capabilities were showcased as part of a proposed “Nirvana Stack,” presented in Boston last month.

Carbon also supports a series of PCMM specs and other capabilities required by cable operators. It also improves operators’ ability to enable software applications and service orchestrators to configure and provision connectivity services in physical and virtual network elements–in particular, Carrier Ethernet services as defined by MEF Forum.

These toolchains are being incorporated as core components of higher-level open source frameworks, such as ONAP, OPNFV and OpenStack, as well as real-world implementations of designs from standards bodies such as MEF. These new combined stacks are increasingly enabling innovators to productively explore new use cases such as IoT.


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China Mobile

“A SDN controller plays an important role for us to fast and flexibly launch services for public and private clouds, and it is a critical component in our next-generation network,” said YANG Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute. “The robustness of the OpenDaylight platform has enabled us to build our own controller and develop customized applications.”

Inocybe Technologies

Inocybe Technologies helps customers build and deploy production-grade products and services by leveraging the OpenDaylight platform as the foundation for numerous SDN deployments spanning a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, smart cities and industrial controls.

“We continue to see new use cases emerging for OpenDaylight, including our work with Avaya on supporting IoT,” said Mathieu Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of Inocybe Technologies. “Using OpenDaylight enabled us to develop an SDN architecture for IoT that is capable of managing and securing up to 168,000 connected devices, the largest implemented in the market today.”  


As CenturyLink virtualizes its network, SDN controllers provide pivotal functionality. The diverse requirements within the network, datacenters and central offices demand flexibility from OpenDaylight and applications such as the Edge Access Controller.

“As part of our work to achieve full network virtualization, we have created our own virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) using open source components including OpenDaylight and OpenStack,” said Adam Dunstan, Vice President of SDN/NFV Engineering at CenturyLink. “We used OpenDaylight software to build our SDN access controller because of its flexibility to work with legacy operations support systems as well as newer orchestration platforms.”  


As a leading provider of internet services in China, Tencent has deepened its commitment to open source deploying OpenDaylight as a standard across their network. The open SDN platform provides Tencent with the flexibility and maturity to accommodate a growing user base and the massive scale required to provide those users with high quality services.

“We’ve selected OpenDaylight as our standard SDN controller as it has enabled us to build an agile infrastructure that can support our diverse network requirements,” said Wade Shao, deputy director of network architecture center, Tencent. “We are also hoping our partners will work together with us to build on and contribute to OpenDaylight, as we believe it matches our network strategy.”

About the OpenDaylight Project

The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Get involved:

OpenDaylight is a project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

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