With that, China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands.
Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named "AERO," currently in trial. China Mobile believes it to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China. Additionally, Chine Mobile initiated the "SPTN" project within OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.
As early adopters of OpenDaylight, China Mobile is leveraging the platform with OpenStack to deploy enterprise service offerings under its NovoDC program, which offers both a telecom infrastructure as well as virtual public or private cloud services. OpenDaylight claims that NovoDC has helped China Mobile to gain significant datacenter OPEX savings and can now deliver new services in minutes rather than weeks.