Monthly Archives: April 2015
Supermicro, one of the top suppliers of low-cost data center hardware, often referred to as “commodity hardware,” launched a line of bare-metal data center switches that come pre-loaded with an install environment that allows user to load a Linux-based network operating system. The vendor made the announcement together withCumulus Networks, which sells a Linux distribution for bare-metal switches, and which also created the open source install environment, called Open Network Install Environment, or ONIE.
Today Penguin Computing announced the Arctica 4804ip switch and a collaboration with Cumulus Networks to extend open networking to the full rack through the new Cumulus Rack Management Platform (RMP) OS. Penguin Computing and Cumulus Networks share the common vision of bringing the core benefits of open technologies to their customers: prevention of vendor lock-in; reduction in capital and operational expenditures and ease of automation; and operation and orchestration by providing similar management interface for both computing and networking platforms.
Software-defined networking vendor IP Infusion is the latest to release a networking operating system, or NOS, based on the Open Compute Project. IP Infusion’s OcNOS isn’t its first NOS, but the company typically focuses on serving the OEM market with its products instead of heading to the public with its announcements. For the Open Compute Project, it’s another example of the how open source in networking is catching on. And according to IP Infusion, the new NOS puts the power of the project into data networking for a reduction in operational complexity.