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Extreme Networks, Flextronics and Oracle Join the OpenDaylight Project

39 Member Companies Now Participating in the Industry's Largest Open SDN and NFV Effort

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/14 -- The OpenDaylight Project, a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that Extreme Networks, Flextronics and Oracle are joining the project to more quickly bring to the industry an open, common platform for SDN and NFV. The community and code base continue to mature as the project prepares for its second software release, Helium, due out this fall.

"Every day the OpenDaylight community is debating and iterating on what SDN and NFV should look like," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "This open source approach means nothing is sacred, anything can be rewritten. Our main purpose is to benefit the industry-at-large, not any one vendor. More voices at the table means stronger debate and better code. We are thrilled to see such a diversity of new members joining who represent an even broader range of perspectives on SDN and NFV."

About the newest OpenDaylight Project members:

Extreme Networks provides high-performance, open networking innovations for enterprises, services providers and Internet exchanges. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, network powered application analytics, unified network management and control. Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries.

"As a new member of OpenDaylight, Extreme Networks looks forward to contributing to and benefitting from the community," said Eric Broockman, VP and CTO, Extreme Networks. "The benefits of SDN go well beyond the data center, which is why a common platform like OpenDaylight is critical to the evolving IT industry. Extreme Networks will contribute expertise in the areas of dynamic policy enforcement, Wi-Fi and application analytics to the community. Open source innovation promises to deliver the network infrastructure that enables a focus on applications while reducing both Capex and Opex."

Flextronics is a leading end-to-end supply chain solutions company that delivers design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics services to a range of industries and end-markets. Flextronics service offerings and vertically integrated component technologies optimize customer supply chains by lowering costs, increasing flexibility and reducing time-to-market. Headquartered in Singapore, Flextronics has manufacturing locations in 30 countries and across four continents.

"With the advent of convergence, SDN and cloud, we see rapid shifts in the end-markets of our OEM customers. By leveraging open source platforms such as OpenDaylight, our OEM customers are able to get ahead of these shifts in the IT space," said Dharmesh Jani, VP, Cloud Strategy, Flextronics. "Flextronics further enables the OEMs by offering them the ability to integrate functionality, validate operation and test interoperability right at the point when these products are manufactured. Flextronics supports the pace of innovation for OEMs by seamlessly linking the production stage with the innovation stage."

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in the data center. The company is focused on eliminating complexity and simplifying IT to enable over 400,000 customers in over 145 countries to accelerate innovation and create added value for their customers.

"For SDN to go mainstream the industry needs an open and common platform," said Markus Flierl, vice president, Oracle Solaris. "Oracle Solaris 11.2 is engineered for cloud and incorporates an enterprise-class OS, efficient network virtualization, application-driven software-defined networking technology and a full OpenStack distribution to provide comprehensive cloud platform capabilities. Tapping into OpenDaylight will enable us to extend the application-driven SDN capabilities in Oracle Solaris and allow customers to take advantage of a broad ecosystem of OpenDaylight-compatible networking devices and SDN applications. The momentum around the OpenDaylight Project is a strong indicator that the industry wants to go in this direction and we think it will create significant benefits for customers in the long-term."

Since launching 13 months ago, the OpenDaylight community has grown to 195 developers working collaboratively to create an open source platform that can be used within any SDN and NFV architecture. OpenDaylight's next software release, Helium, is scheduled to be made available this fall. The invitation-only OpenDaylight Developer Design Forum takes place September 29-30 in Santa Clara to set the stage for future OpenDaylight releases and explore industry hot topics.

About the OpenDaylight Project
The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for a more transparent approach that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN framework consisting of code and blueprints. Get involved: www.opendaylight.org.

OpenDaylight is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

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