With the network traffic growing in quantum level – HP announces the launch of the OpenSwitch community and a new open source network operating system (NOS) matching the agility of the data centers to meet complex business and technology requirements.
HP with its key supporters like Accton Technology Corporation, Arista, Broadcom, Intel, and VMWare, are delivering a community-based platform that provides developers and users the ability to accelerate innovation, avoid vendor lock-in and realize investment protection as they rapidly build data center networks customized for unique business applications.
Commenting on the new launch, Santanu Ghose, Director, Networking, HP India said, “Open source software, with its collaborative community of specialized developers, accelerates innovation and improves the stability of the software platform, providing organizations with a more powerful infrastructure to support their specific business requirements.” “The newly formed developer community and Linux-based OpenSwitch NOS early release code will help developers address the rapidly evolving business and web-scale networking needs in the industry.”
The OpenSwitch Community establishes a virtual innovation zone where a limitless number of developers and users collaborate to exchange information, test theories and innovate to create better, higher quality, and more secure network operating systems.
As part of the Open Switch Community, developers and users will build upon the newly released NOS, which include the following:
- A fully featured NOS with L2/L3 protocols support
- Open source cloud database for persistent and ephemeral configuration
- All inter-module communication is through system database
- Universal API approach: CLI, REST, Puppet/Chef, Ansible
An open source NOS, based on open standards, allows developers to engineer networks to prioritize business critical workloads and functions, delivering the users a dramatically improved experience. Networks based on an open NOS will also remove the burdens of interoperability issues and complex licensing structures that are inherent in the proprietary model.
“Network disaggregation ranks as one of the most disruptive developments in networking, even more disruptive, in many respects, than software defined networking,” said Brad Casemore, research director, Datacenter Networks, IDC. “By decoupling the underlying switch hardware from the network operating systems that run on it, HP and the other early contributors of the OpenSwitch Community are seeking to enable enterprises and large web-scale companies to rapidly innovate and engineer purpose-build data centers without the constraint of vendor lock-in.”
Availability and Support
The OpenSwitch Community is exclusively operating.
The OpenSwitch NOS will be supported on HP’s Altoline open network switches. HP Technology Services will offer customers professional and support services for networks based on OpenSwitch NOS to allow for secure and low risk deployments in production infrastructures.