The OpenDaylight foundation has opened the valve and let Helium escape into the software-defined networking (SDN) atmosphere.
The combined SDN and network function virtualisation (NFV) platform implements the Apache Karaf container, and claims better integration with the OpenStack environment, and with the Open vSwitch database integration project.
This lines up with the Juno release of OpenStack, due in October 2014.
There are also previews of OpenStack features like security groups, a distributed virtual router, and load balancing as-a-service. A couple of new protocols – OpenFlow Table Type Patterns and PacketCable multimedia – have also been added.
Helium – or if you prefer revision numbers, OpenDaylight 2.0 – also gets better clustering for failover, and claims enhanced security and authorisation capabilities. The new Secure Network Bootstrapping Infrastructure – SNBI – lets users define and boot a secured set of controllers and network devices.
Cross-controller federation using BGP is implemented under the SDNi – software defined networking interface – project.
After a slow start, OpenDaylight has been gaining momentum by way of vendors hopping on board. The latest to take the plunge was HP, while long-time supporter Brocade is the first to take a deep breath of Helium in its recent Vyatta release.
The OpenDaylight Foundation describes Helium as available for download now, but at the time of writing the download was still listed as “final approval pending”. ®