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OpenDaylight: Opportunity or Threat? It’s in the Eye of the Beholder


OpenDaylight: Opportunity or Threat?  It's in the eye of the beholder

OpenDaylight was officially launched in April and we had our own coverage with Roy’s post this morning and quickly added an OpenDaylight Project  page to the SDNCentral Directory.

Reaction to the OpenDaylight announcement across the SDNCentral community was mixed with many more questions than answers, including:

To some degree the answers to these questions are in the eye of the beholder — and our take is that people are confusing a likely effect of OpenDaylight with the founders intent when they talk about OpenDaylight being Cisco’s way to drive their controller or to block start-ups.

The end result may very well be where startups are blocked due to OpenDaylight, and I believe that is a possible effect of OpenDaylight, though not the intent of the founding companies.  Meaning, as a former corpdev leader, I can’t see where someone wakes up every morning from Cisco or IBM saying — I’m out to screw with startup XYZ.  However, I can see where a byproduct  of OpenDaylight could be less perceived opportunities for startups.  I say — perceived — because the real issue for startups isn’t OpenDaylight and the ability to contribute code, but distribution for non-OpenDaylight base controllers and applications.  With OpenDaylight the viable distribution channels for alternative controllers just shrank dramatically as literally every networking / virtualization reseller in theory will end up with access to some product created out of  OpenDaylight for them to sell and support.

Secondly, we see that many people miss that OpenDaylight exists to provide a counterbalance to the power held by VMware — when put in that context — one can see that snipping about Cisco and IBM and how OpenDaylight is structured and why OpenDaylight is bad for startups is really a side show to a broader, bigger battle brewing between the VMware ecosystem — and — everyone else.  OpenDaylight is about leveraging ‘everyone else’ to attempt to provide a counterbalance to VMware, not startups.

Clearly we are in exciting times and certainly there will be many more twists and turns.

Don’t just list to us —  Check out these other takes on OpenDaylight:

  1. Wired
  2. WSJ
  3. NY Times
  4. LightReading
  5. IPSpace
  6. Cisco Blog and Omar Sultan
  7. Linux.com
  8. The Register
  9. Network World
  10. GigaOm and Second Article



Published at DZone with permission of Matthew Palmer, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

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