Software-based communications provider Megaport announced today that it has joined the OpenDaylight Project to help advance the open source SDN movement. Megaport joins 48 other companies and over 300 developers across a wide spectrum of industries such as network, compute, and storage vendors, software providers, cloud service providers, and other Independent Software Vendors.
Megaport launched services in 2014 to create a new paradigm for networks and cloud services to interconnect – The Megaport Platform. Designed to be the first, 100 percent software-based communications provider, Megaport now provides on-demand, elastic connectivity to over 100 network and cloud services providers from a portal, a mobile app, or an API. With plans to expand in Asia, Europe, and the United States in 2015, the Megaport Platform will service nearly 100 data centres in over 25 major markets around the world.
“We’re really proud to be one of the few network service providers working on OpenDaylight so far,” said Denver Maddux, CEO of Megaport. “The project’s charter is very similar to ours, and we think it represents the inevitable future of how the Enterprise interacts with their communications tools and services.”
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.
“We believe tools like OpenDaylight will enable the Enterprise to design products, services and operational support structures around their own expertise and vertical, rather than having to staff up expertise in network administration and communications technologies,” says Mitchell Warden, founding Engineer at Megaport.
“With so many virtualization options now available to businesses, why should a healthcare company need to care about BGP in order to spin up a private connection to their radiology imaging repository? The experience should be seamless.”
Warden began evaluating OpenDaylight several months ago to understand how Megaport could integrate with it and other open source tools. He and others will begin contributing code and thought leadership to the community and offering Megaport’s unique perspective in the coming months. Users will find examples of this and other samples on the Megaport developer forum and Github pages online.
“Our ultimate goal is to place control of network design and behavior directly into the hands of our users,” said Brooke Mouland, CMO at Megaport. “Having an open, interoperable platform at the core is crucial for us to deliver real time services to the Enterprise’s key data assets so our users can avoid the time, cost and hassle of deploying connectivity the old telco way.”
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
Megaport was founded in 2013 by Bevan Slattery to create a new paradigm for networks and cloud services to interconnect – The Megaport Platform. Originally launched in Australia as an Amazon Direct Connect Partner, Megaport now provides on-demand, elastic connectivity to over 100 network and cloud services providers. With plans to expand in Asia, Europe, and the United States in 2015, the Megaport Platform will service over 25 major markets around the world.
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