Open Source, Software-Defined Networking To Simplify The Enterprise
This week, the company is making a meaningful contribution to the OpenDaylight Project, dubbed "Hydrogen." The Project itself is a "community-led and industry-supported open source framework to advance Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)." Basically, this is used in critical enterprise networks in order to smooth out network design and increase service agility. In the past, physical networks have largely been built as "silos" for each division, which means a ton of things are duplicated across a multifaceted organization. The goal here is to create synergy across those networks.
Take it from NEC: "The VTN addresses this issue by providing an abstraction that enables the complete separation of the network’s logical plane from its physical plane. In other words, it “hides” the complexity of the physical network and enables users to design and deploy any desired network for their customers, regardless of physical network or underlying operational characteristics. With the VTN, organizations can develop applications to program the network using Northbound APIs. Once the network has been defined using VTN, it will automatically be mapped to the physical network through the controller."
Enterprises interested in learning now can have a look at a demo that's ongoing at the first annual OpenDaylight Summit in Texas.