Open Data Center Interoperable Network (ODIN)
IBM has taken the lead to articulate the issues faced by agile data center networks and promote best practices by creating a roadmap based on industry standards, known as Open Data Center Interoperable Network or ODIN.
Customer choice, vendor-neutral RFQs and future proof data center networks: IBM believes that the practical, cost-effective evolution of data center networks should be based on open industry standards. This can be a challenging and often confusing proposition, since there are so many different emerging network architectures, both standard and proprietary.
Avoiding confusion in the marketplace: When evaluating proprietary and vendor- neutral solution, lower total cost of ownership is achieved via multi-vendor networks.
Best practices and real-world applications of networking standards: The ODIN materials created by IBM address issues such as virtualization and Virtual Machine (VM) migration across flat Layer 2 networks, lossless Ethernet, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Virtual Environments and OpenFlow, and extended distance WAN connectivity.
The following organizations have publicly endorsed ODIN:
- Juniper Networks (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- Brocade (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- Huawei (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- BigSwitch (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- NEC (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- Ciena (link resides outside of ibm.com)
- Marist College (link resides outside of ibm.com)