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Oracle has joined the OpenDaylight software defined networking project and plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN with Solaris 11.2.

The Linux Foundation's OpenDaylight project is aimed at building a software defined networking and network functions virtualisation platform. The platinum members of the project are Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Ericsson, HP, IBM, Juniper, Microsoft and Red Hat, with NEC and VMware backing the project at gold level.

Oracle has now joined the existing 28 silver members, and announced plans to integrate OpenDaylight SDN with its Solaris 11.2 operating system.

According to company officials this should enable customers to use Solaris's virtualisation and application-driven SDN features with OpenDaylight-compatible SDN devices, applications and services, and to take take advantage of apps-to-disk SLAs with pluggable databases and Java, protecting higher priority application and management flows, and use Java Developer Kit APIs for networking SLAs.

"With Oracle Solaris 11.2 we are offering a highly efficient, compliant, secure, open and affordable cloud platform that is tightly integrated with the Oracle software stack," said Oracle vice president for Solaris Markus Flierl.

"OpenDaylight allows customers to improve their service quality by taking advantage of Oracle Solaris application-driven SDN and OpenDaylight-compatible networking devices as well as OpenDaylight-compatible SDN applications."

OpenDaylight executive director Neela Jacques welcomed Oracle to the project, saying "Oracle's focus on delivering an open cloud computing platform based on OpenStack and OpenDaylight makes perfect sense given the synergies between the two open source projects. We look forward to seeing how OpenDaylight is integrated within Oracle Solaris 11.2."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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