Up-and-Coming Open Source Projects for the Enterprise

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OpenDaylight set to define software-defined networking (SDN)

Few terms are as over-hyped today in the world of enterprise networking as software-defined networking (SDN), which aims to decouple the network data plane from the control plane, enabling more agility and flexibility for networks. In the open source world, the OpenDaylight Project is now helping to lead the SDN charge. OpenDaylight is a multi-stakeholder effort run by the Linux Foundation, with support from the biggest names in networking including Cisco, Juniper, Brocade, IBM, Citrix and Microsoft. OpenDaylight is currently building a complete SDN platform codenamed "Hydrogen" that is expected to be released in early 2014.

Open source technology plays a key role in the modern world, powering a wide range of innovations from handheld devices to the world's most powerful supercomputers and the cloud. Open source isn't a meaningless marketing term, rather, it is defined by a number of a key characteristics. The first and most important is the license under which the code is made available. A number of open source licenses are currently in use, with the key factor being availability of code that is open and accessible. The basic idea behind open source communities is that with open code, contributions can be made from a broader community and there is less risk from single vendor lock-in.

The promise of open source is that the open nature and broader contribution base potential can lead to a faster rate of innovation than closed source proprietary technology. A lot of actively developed open source projects are active today in every sector of enterprise and consumer technology. In this slideshow, we take a look at some of the hottest up-and-coming open source projects of interest to the enterprise from around the world.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

 

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