OpenDaylight, the open source software-defined networking initiative, has rolled out its newest software package. Called Beryllium, the new release introduces more enterprise-ready open source SDN solutions, according to the Linux Foundation.

Beryllium is the fourth release of OpenDaylight, a collaborative open source project sponsored by the Linux Foundation with support from a variety fo industry partners. The project issued its first release two years ago.

The Linux Foundation says the newest version of the SDN platform offers features that make SDN truly enterprise-ready. "Those who have already deployed ODL will see significant improvements in performance, scalability and functionality with ODL Be," the organization said, using an abbreviated term to refer to the OpenDaylight Beryllium release. "New network services offer clustering and high availability, improved data handling, messaging for transport, greater abstraction of network models, broad management of network elements, and a new GUI."

Especially notable features include:

  • Complete compatibility with OpenStack clusters via the Neutron.
  • Four frameworks for configuring intent-based networks. These include NEMO,Application Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO), Group Based Policy (GBP) and NetworkIntent Composition (NIC).
  • A longer list of supported SDN use cases, including ones designed for cloud and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications.

Two years ago, OpenDaylight seemed more like an experiment than an open source technology with obvious enterprise value. Building on the progress of previous releases, Beryllium does much to change that by making open source SDN ready for production in a wide range of situations.