OpenDaylight Releases Lithium SDN To Broaden Its Scope
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OpenDaylight Releases Lithium SDN To Broaden Its Scope

By Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, July 09, 2018

FREMONT, CA: OpenDaylight, an open platform for network programmability to enable software-defined networking (SDN) and create a solid foundation network function virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale broadens its scope by releasing Lithium SDN.

Lithium SDN, the third release from OpenDaylight includes service function chaining (SFC) features, which enables organizations to tie together virtualized services- such as firewalls, and load balances- in a network to create a service chain, a key capability for NFV.

“End users have already deployed OpenDaylight for a wide variety of use cases from NFV, network on demand, flow programming using OpenFlow and even Internet of Things,” says Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight.

She further adds, “Lithium was built to meet the requirements of the wide range of end users embedding OpenDaylight into the heart of their products, services and infrastructures”  

Lithium is expected to be embedded in over 20 commercial products, and solutions, as well as the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services.

OpenDaylight Lithium includes new features and improvements, like increased scalability and performance, network services for cloud data centre platforms.

Also, new features for security and automation, contains:

  • Unified Secure Channel that eases secure communication between OpenDaylight and widely distributed networking equipment.
  •  Times Series Data Repository (TSDR) enables collection and analysis of large amounts of network activity.
  •  Device Identification and Driver Management (DIDM) gives end users the ability to discover, manage and automate a wide range of existing hardware in their infrastructure.
  •  Persistence ensures application-specific data is preserved over time or in the event of a catastrophe.
  •  Topology Processing Framework allows for filtered and aggregated views of a network.

The other features includes new and enhanced APIs for interoperability, and six new protocols to support an ever-widening set of use cases which includes Source Group Tag eXchange (SXP), Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), IoT Data Management (IoTDM), SMNP Plugin, Open Policy Framework (OpFlex) and Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP).  

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