Nuage Networks is bringing its software-defined networking (SDN) solution to Oracle (ORCL) OpenStack for Oracle Linux, which it says will expand the role of open SDN within the cloud.

The integration comes in the form of a plug-in that implements SDN functionality designed to increase data center automation and networking flexibility. The solution "lays the foundation for an open and dynamically controlled data center network fabric to accelerate application programmability, facilitate unconstrained mobility, and maximize compute efficiency for cloud service providers, Web scale operators and leading tech enterprises across the globe," according to the company.

Nuage is also pitching the integration as a win for open source within the cloud and SDN ecosystems. "We're pleased to work with Oracle on this Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux integration. It provides choice in an open cloud solution, optimized for enterprise workloads to mutual customers worldwide," said Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks. "This is great news for the OpenStack community as we continue to show momentum with OpenStack in enterprise and cloud provider deployments."

It's also potentially good news for OpenDaylight, the open source SDN project organized by the Linux Foundation. While Nuage hasn't indicated what, if any, role OpenDaylight will play in its SDN integration with the Oracle platform, the company is a founding members of the OpenDaylight project. Asked about its relationship to OpenDaylight, Nuage Networks described itself as "committed to contributing resources for OpenDaylight’s open source framework to help define the future of an open source SDN platform."

Nuage says its SDN plug-in has been tested and is "Oracle-ready" for production use now. That a good thing, as Oracle OpenWorld is slated for next week (Sept. 28-Oct. 2) in San Francisco.