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Infinera and KEMP Join the OpenDaylight Project to Enable Open Software-Defined Networking

Project Grows to 41 Member Companies Supporting the World's Largest Developer Community for Open SDN and NFV

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/14 -- 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 Infinera and KEMP Technologies have joined the project to further the development of a common, open platform for network programmability. This brings the member total to 41 with a growing developer community that now exceeds 220 people working collaboratively across company lines on open source software to advance SDN and NFV.

"We are seeing a major shift in networking away from fully proprietary SDN approaches to those that are more open and interoperable. It's happening right now, and the OpenDaylight community is a major driver of this shift," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "Our community is very interested in supporting innovation in cloud-based and optical networking solutions, which is a perfect fit for our newest members, and we welcome their contributions and support."

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Infinera provides network solutions to help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and data center connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology to deliver large-scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and the application of PICs to vertically integrated optical networking solutions that deliver the industry's only commercially available 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels.

"The industry will benefit from an SDN framework that includes an open approach to integrating best-in-class optical transport systems and allows network operators to avoid vendor lock-in," said Dr. Stuart Elby, senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "We are excited to join the OpenDaylight Project and lend our expertise in enabling abstraction and programmability of packet/optical transport technologies to advance SDN for the next generation of networking solutions."

KEMP Technologies is a leading provider of load balancer software with over 22,000 enterprise customers that demand highly available, scalable and secure e-commerce, web and collaboration applications with the best price-to-performance advantages. KEMP empowers customers to rapidly scale their operations by delivering applications with Layer 4-7 high availability, optimized performance and secure access -- while offering users platform flexibility across hardware, software and cloud ADC solutions. KEMP is headquartered in New York City with significant operations in Limerick, Ireland.

"As a software-driven company with expertise in virtual environments, we understand the demands of today's enterprise customer and the untapped opportunities that exist with bringing emerging technologies to market," said Iain Kenney, director, product management, KEMP Technologies. "We believe that industry collaboration is the best way to advance SDN and NFV to enable powerful and truly dynamic application deployments. We look forward to working with the OpenDaylight community."

The OpenDaylight community's second software release Helium is due out this fall and OpenDaylight is hosting several events to provide forums for industry debate, project updates and contribution to the code base. Developers, end users, network engineers and those interested in OpenDaylight are invited to attend an OpenDaylight HackFest at CloudOpen Europe on Oct. 13 and an OpenDaylight Mini-Summit at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress Oct. 14, both in Dusseldorf, Germany. Developers are also invited to attend the first-ever OpenDaylight Developer Design Forum on Sept. 29-30, 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.opendaylight.org/news/events.

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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