Category Archives: SDN
Cumulus Networks officials want to make it easier for organizations to leverage the company’s Linux-based network operating system to learn about, test and develop the kinds of open networking infrastructures that are becoming increasingly popular.The company, whose Cumulus Linux OS is used in some of Dell’s Open Networking switches and which has been active in the Open Compute Project, on Aug. 4 rolled out Cumulus VX, a free virtual appliance that is aimed at giving cloud administrators and network administrators the tools to test open networking concepts in their own environments without having to spring for bare metal systems.
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.
Facebook has credited its focus on designing and developing its own data centre infrastructure – including playing a pioneering role in terms of Open Compute – with saving the social network US$1.2bn in IT costs in the past three to four years. Facebook program manager John Kenevey spoke to Siliconrepublic.com about the social network’s work with the Open Network Foundation (ONF) to encourage software defined network (SDN) standards, as well as Facebook’s focus on the Open Compute Project to bring open-source thinking to hardware creation. Kenevey will be speaking in Dublin on Monday at the Open Tech Ireland gathering on SDN technology.
In part one of this Q&A with Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations, and Facebook’s Najam Ahmad, director of technical operations, we explored how the Open Compute Project’s open source switch will allow users to run any OS they see fit on open hardware. In part two of our conversation with Facebook, TechTarget explores how the Open Compute switch will affect the software-defined networking industry. Facebook also reveals that theOpen Networking Foundation had urged Open Compute to start the switch project.