In April of 2013, the Linux Foundation launched the OpenDaylight collaboration project in a bid to build an open-source Software Defined Networking (SDN) platform. After a year of life, the project continues to expand and grow. Today, the OpenDaylight Project announced new members to further bolster its ranks.
Extreme Networks, Flextronics and Oracle today officially announced that they are joining OpenDaylight, bringing
the total number of members in the effort up to 39. The initial group of members that launched OpenDaylight in 2013 included: Arista Networks, Big Switch Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Ericsson, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, NEC, Nuage Networks, PLUMgrid, Red Hat, and VMware.
As to how the OpenDaylight project recruits its new members, Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight Project, told Enterprise Networking Planet that members come in a number of ways, but mostly they're unsolicited.
"What often happens is that they're either participating in the developer community long before they decide to become a member, or we meet them at events, through mutual contacts, etc., " Jacques said. "They want to know about the project and where it's going and eventually decide it's something they want to more formally support."
While the OpenDaylight project now has 39 members, there is still room for more. Jacques said that there is no target or limit to the number of members for the OpenDaylight Project.
"We want anyone who's interested in the project to support it in whatever way makes sense," Jacques said.
Membership in the project does have a cost, which varies based on company size and the membership level. Oracle, for example, is joining OpenDaylight at the Silver membership level.
"Silver members contribute $10-20k annually, which is a sliding scale based on company size," Jacques said.
For Oracle, participation in OpenDaylight isn't just about observation either. Oracle plans to integrate OpenDaylight technology into the upcoming Solaris 11.2 Unix operating system. Solaris 11.2 is currently in beta and is also deeply integrated with the open-source OpenStack cloud platform.
"OpenDaylight allows customers to improve their service quality by taking advantage of Oracle Solaris application-driven SDN and OpenDaylight-compatible networking devices as well as OpenDaylight-compatible SDN applications," Markus Flierl, vice president, Oracle Solaris, said in a statement.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.