Big Switch Steps Away From OpenDaylight SDN Group
Big Switch officials said recent moves by the group confirmed concerns that the work was being driven by major players like Cisco.Big Switch Networks, a key player in the burgeoning software-defined network market, is essentially leaving the open-source OpenDaylight Project it helped found only two months ago. In a June 5 post on Big Switch’s blog, CEO Guido Appenzeller said the project’s decision to create to merge the software-defined network (SDN) controller technologies from Big Switch and Cisco Systems to create a common controller confirmed fears that his company had that OpenDaylight would be driven by big vendors rather than what was best for the industry. “Thinking about this long and hard, it became clear to us that this isn’t a foundation that we can build on,” Appenzeller wrote. The OpenDaylight Project was created by more than a dozen tech vendors—including Big Switch, IBM, Cisco, Arista Networks and Hewlett-Packard—to develop an open platform for SDNs that would be widely adopted and enable vendors to compete at higher levels, such as with the applications that run atop the SDN platform.
Big Switch’s depature comes a day after several other vendors—including Cyan, Huawei, Plexxi, Radware and Inocybe Technologies joined the consortium.