NFV a hit for OpenDaylight

Almost 3/4 of users adopt it for virtualized functions; enterprises find NFV appealing too

Almost three quarters of OpenDaylight users plan to use the open source SDN technology for Network Functions Virtualization, while over half are looking at it for cloud orchestration.

Those are two of the findings of the first survey conducted by the OpenDaylight Project on its own users, the results of which were released at this week’s OpenDaylight Summit. Thirty-one percent of the survey respondents are service providers, 24% research/academia, and 20% enterprises of the 128 users queried.

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Of those respondents, 73% have already deployed or plan to deploy OpenDaylight in the next 12 months. Twenty-four percent are in the investigative stage.

OpenDaylight just issued its third release, code-named “Lithium.”

OpenDaylight code is being used in NFV deployments by 72% of the respondents while cloud orchestration – in some cases with OpenStack – is the use of choice by 54%. Forty seven percent choose it for traffic engineering and QoS, while 41% use it for network monitoring and analytics.

Many who cited NFV as their primary use case were in enterprise or academia/research, an indication that NFV also appeals to those outside the telco space, OpenDaylight says. And the primary business driver for ODL code is interoperability and software portability, followed by increased operational efficiency and ability to innovate.

Respondents consider ODL to be the de facto standard SDN controller stack, and note that it’s catalyzed an active community of developers, users and suppliers, OpenDaylight says. On the downside, respondents said ODL could improve documentation, training and access to other materials.

In other OpenDaylight news, AT&T, Nokia and ClearPath Networks joined the group as Silver members; and Chinese Internet social network and gaming company Tencent is using ODL for data center interconnect.

This story, "NFV a hit for OpenDaylight" was originally published by Network World.

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