OpenDaylight Summit 2016: Here come the… Drones?

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Originally posted as a guest blog on OpenDaylight.org by Maddison Long, Marketing Director at Inocybe Technologies.

If you are still on the fence about coming to the OpenDaylight Summit in Seattle this September, now is the time to convince your boss and book your travel. Last year’s conference was a huge success, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger. Hundreds of top SDN and OpenDaylight experts from around the world are all coming together for OpenDaylight’s premier event. Top keynotes include Tencent’s Tom Bie, Ericsson’s Jan Haglund, and AT&T’s Chris Rice. At Inocybe Technologies, the pure-play OpenDaylight (ODL) company, we have eight speakers attending, holding talks ranging from deep technical discussions on ODL best practices from our top developers, to 3D modeling, ROI, business cases…. and, of course, ODL-powered drones.

OpenDaylight has come a long way since Hydrogen, and with Boron now available it’s more exciting than ever. At Inocybe we often describe OpenDaylight as the “Linux of Connected Things,” since it can be used for anything that can be modeled and controlled. Going beyond  SDN, it can be the foundation for Open Smart City/Building initiatives, Embedded Devices, IoT, and Electric Utilities with SCADA environments. Along with new data plane technologies such as VPP and FD.io, managed by a Honeycomb agent that exposes bridge domain models via NETCONF/YANG, OpenDaylight can further revolutionize white box switching.

OpenDaylight has a growing array of networking use cases that go beyond the traditional. For example, along with one of our customers, Avaya, we recently announced an SDN architecture for IoT, capable of managing and securing up to 168,000 connected devices.  Another one of our customer environments that use OpenDaylight is Oracle, with our recent joint announcement around our Open Networking Platform’s out-of-the-box support for Oracle Solaris.

For end users, one of the biggest draws of attending OpenDaylight Summit is simply to network with like-minded networking experts and hear what they’re doing with the ODL platform and what types of new use cases they may be  deploying or testing in their organizations today.

As ODL deployments and use cases are growing, this year’s Summit will be full of a even more diverse set of end-user attendees from across industry sectors.

“One of the standing commitments of Walmart Technology is to stay educated and participate wholly with relevant open source technologies and the communities affiliated. To sustain and grow the world’s number one online retailer, it’s a must that we do this. Joining the community in attending OpenDaylight Summit allows us involvement in the conversation around SDN, the conversation that is moving things, and to best understand what other leaders in technology are doing to leverage ODL at scale,” says Patricia Dugan, Community Manager, Walmart Labs.

The use cases are varied and the possibilities are endless; from WAN Optimization, to Cable Operator infrastructure management, to embedded devices, to Smart City applications.

Make sure you stop  by the Inocybe booth (G02) to meet some of our top engineers and learn from the experts on how to take advantage of ODL in your environment. Our new Inocybe Open Networking Platform will be on display, which is a turn-key, optimized OpenDaylight platform designed to create and provide stable, commercial-grade ODL instances for SDN deployments.  And of course, make sure you see the Drones demo.

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