OpenDaylight Announces User Advisory Group with 12 Founding Members from Telcos, Enterprise and Academia

opendaylight, opendaylight user group, open daylight, sdn, nfv, software defined networks, open source, open sdnSAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2015  – 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 enterprise, telco and academic users have joined the OpenDaylight Advisory Group (AG) to provide technical input to the OpenDaylight developer community. Foundational members include Pedro Aranda, Telefónica I+D; Margaret Chiosi, AT&T; Dr. Jamil Chawki, Orange; Chris Donley, CableLabs; Jay Etchings, Arizona State University; Chris Luke, Comcast; Harvey Newman, Caltech; Liang Ou, China Telecom; Dominick Paniscotti, Nasdaq; Ralf Trezeciak, Deutsche Telekom; Beau Williamson, T-Mobile; and Alex Zhang, China Mobile.

OpenDaylight AG was created to provide a forum where end users could assist and support the project in its objectives by providing technical and strategic guidance to the OpenDaylight Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and developer community based on their experience in running many of the world’s most demanding networks. Members meet monthly to share details about their current and future network architectures, key requirements and challenges for SDN and NFV and top use cases--some of which are detailed on the OpenDaylight blog ( This promotes understanding by the TSC of how ODL is and will be used in networks of various size and scale. Delegates serve a two-year term that is renewable on an annual basis.

Margaret Chiosi, AT&T: “AT&T is building our global SDN controller using ODL components and sees ODL as a way to address brownfield environments as well as create end-to-end connectivity using open source components. We are excited to be more active in this community by contributing code directly and with vendors.”

Jay Etchings, Arizona State University: “The future of intelligent, ubiquitous networking is founded on programmable architectures remaining open and free from restriction.”

Harvey Newman, Caltech: "I am very glad to have the opportunity to join and bring to the OpenDaylight Advisory Group the perspectives and challenges faced by global science collaborations, in high energy physics and many other fields of science dealing with exascale data. We hope and expect that working with the ODL community will help spark the next round of discoveries, while delivering the next generation of intelligent networked systems with worldwide reach."

Alex Zhang, China Mobile: “It’s great to see OpenDaylight taking key steps to address users’ needs directly and engage users more closely in the community.”

“We are thrilled to see more users come forward every week who are sharing their experiences and objectives leveraging ODL,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “We created this elite group to provide critical user input to the developer community. Perspectives from these leading technologists allow us to strengthen the platform in ways that benefit network operators. It is impressive to see the range of challenges they are looking to solve with SDN and the progress we are making together in achieving this vision.”

OpenDaylight AG members are participating in an end user panel at OpenDaylight Summit this July 27-31 in Santa Clara. IDC analyst Nav Chander is moderating with panelists Margaret Chiosi, Chris Donley and Chris Luke who will discuss key SDN and NFV use cases and what they’d like to see from open source SDN in the short- and long-term.

Today only: Get $150 off registration to OpenDaylight Summit with code ODSLIDISC in honor of the OpenDaylight Lithium, the community’s third open SDN platform release. Code expires midnight P.S.T on June 29, 2015. Learn more and register:

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:

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.

Additional Resources

● Getting Started with OpenDaylight

● Joining the OpenDaylight Community

● OpenDaylight Blog

● OpenDaylight Events




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Jill Lovato
OpenDaylight Project