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Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Traditional networks and data centers are being stretched to their limits. They were never designed for today's astronomical growth in bandwidth-intensive applications—and the ever-increasing demand for speed, scalability, and resilience. Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a powerful new network paradigm designed to address these issues. Brocade leads the way in SDN technologies to help unleash the power, intelligence, and analytics of networks with a flexible, end-to-end cloud-based solution.

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The mission of The OpenDaylight Project is to facilitate a community-led, industry-supported open source framework to help enable an advanced ecosystem for Software-Defined Networking.

OpenDaylight Project

OpenDaylight, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, unites industry leaders with the goal of a common and open SDN platform for developers to utilize, contribute to, and build commercial products and technologies. The Project is committed to furthering adoption of SDN as well as accelerating innovation on top of the platform in new and differentiated ways in a vendor-neutral and open environment where anyone can participate based on the merit of their contributions.

Brocade is one of the original founding and Platinum members of the OpenDaylight Project. Brocade is a strong supporter of open networking solutions and architectures, and believes that openness is critical for the success of SDN. OpenDaylight and the contributions from Brocade will work to provide an open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence of underlying network infrastructure to make it more responsive to overall IT and service provider demands.

Brocade is committed to OpenDaylight to empower the developer ecosystem to deliver a common open source framework and platform for SDN across the industry for customers, partners, and developers. OpenDaylight will help customers with their IT strategies by having a single, multivendor and open source SDN platform on top of which further development by companies and individuals alike can be fostered.

The OpenDaylight Project
The framework of the OpenDaylight Project

Software-Defined Networking Resources

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