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Extreme Networks adds OpenDaylight to SDN suite

Another picture added to SDN's “spot the difference” game

Extreme Networks has followed up its brand-new membership of the OpenDaylight Foundation (ODL) with an ODL-based OpenStack software defined networking (SDN) platform.

The company had, two years ago, hitched its wagon to the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). It now explains its new focus on ODL on the basis that OpenDaylight-based networking is more suitable for adding SDN and network function virtualisation (NFV) to existing networks, while ONF is a “greenfields”-style solution.

It still maintains ONF interfaces in its systems for backwards compatibility, and is still listed as an Open Networking Foundation member.

The Extreme SDN platform will bundle up its Purview analytics and optimisation software, its NetSight management product, and a variety of API toolkits.

Its promotional paper says the “hardened” ODL controller including network management, access control, analytics and wireless controllers, and will provide “data centre orchestration, automation and provisioning” under a “single pane of glass”.

In other words, Extreme's objectives in SDN are exactly the same as everyone else's, and only eating the pudding will distinguish it from any other SDN.

ODL, the company explains, will be the focus of its “northbound” API, with ONF remaining to provide the southbound API.

Security management is also included in the platform, providing what Extreme says will be “policy and network access control for network, devices, [and] data integrity”. ®

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