OpenDaylight announces Carbon SDN platform

Staff writer
14 Jun 2017

The OpenDaylight Project, which delivers an open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, has announced the sixth major release of its open source SDN controller.
The latest release, named Carbon, features enhancements designed to better support for metro Ethernet and cable operators, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) deployments, OpenDaylight said. The previous revision, Boron, was debuted in September 2016.

OpenDaylight said Carbon further advances the platform’s scalability and robustness with new capabilities supporting multi-site deployments for geographic reach, application performance and fault tolerance. Southbound protocols OpenFlow and Netconf gained in scalability and features, as did various administrative utilities.

OpenDaylight said Carbon streamlines service function chaining by providing an integrated framework for NFV management. Much of Carbon’s integration work and new capabilities were showcased as part of a proposed “Nirvana Stack,” presented in Boston last month.

Carbon also supports a series of PCMM specs and other capabilities required by cable operators. It also improves operators’ ability to enable software applications and service orchestrators to configure and provision connectivity services in physical and virtual network elements--in particular, Carrier Ethernet services as defined by MEF Forum.

These toolchains are being incorporated as core components of higher-level open source frameworks, such as ONAP, OPNFV and OpenStack, as well as real-world implementations of designs from standards bodies such as MEF, according to the organization. These new combined stacks are increasingly enabling innovators to explore new use cases such as IoT.

Some of the companies using OpenDaylight or customized versions of it include China Mobile, CenturyLink and Tencent.

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