OpenDaylight and friends spin up 'CloudRouter Project'

Software-defined buzzword party sees SDN, NFV and DevOps merge to become 'NetOps'

Another day, another waft at the software-defined networking (SDN) and/or network function virtualisation (NFV) market, this time in the form of the new “CloudRouter Project” backed by CloudBees, Cloudius Systems, IIX, NGINX and OpenDaylight.

The latter you probably know – it's the Linux Foundation's effort to create a standard SDN and/or NFV stack. Cloudius is an Israeli effort to create a very lightweight OS for bare metal deployment, CloudBees is a continuous integration player, NGINX offers a web server and load balancer while IIX is a global peering company.

The latter is driving the CloudRouter Project, because its senior director of DevOps, and , CloudRouter Project lead, Jay Turner reckons “As the industry moves to cloud computing, there needs to be a bridge from legacy architectures to SDN, hybrid clouds and data-center-­to-­data-center connections.”

The group's first effort is yours for the downloading here. The tool is based on Fedora and is said to offer the following features:

  • capability to run on public and private cloud infrastructures at scale with a fully­-automated configuration system
  • container-­ready, including support for Docker, Cloudius, OSv and KVM images
  • secure connectivity using standard-s­based IPSec VPN, SSL or L2TP
  • monitoring and reporting with integrated network protocol analysis for network detail at a fine-­grained level
  • high availability and system redundancy with failover and synchronization
  • minimal resource consumption

The group reckons this approach “... provides DevOps for networks (NetOps) with the ability to easily deploy an integrated and hardened stack.”

OpenDaylight has a mighty membership roster – just about any vendor that's ever considered SDN or NFV, or can spell either, has signed as a member – so its participation in this project means it deserves to be taken seriously. the project is also motivated by the desire to provide an open alternative to commercial SDN and NFV, which means it has every chance of becoming increasingly relevant. ®

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