Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OpenDaylight Project Names Former VMware Exec as Director

The OpenDaylight Project, which is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), named Nicolas "Neela" Jacques as it executive director.

Jacques will work with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures.

Jacques previously served at VMware as part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company.

“Networking is key to getting a more efficient and automated data center. SDN represents that last mile for virtualization, and open source software and collaborative development is going to get us there,” said Neela Jacques, executive director at the OpenDaylight Project. “The OpenDaylight Project is driven by developers who are leading the way in innovation for the future of networking and delivering the promise of SDN and NFV. I’m excited to join the project and contribute to this important, groundbreaking work.”