HP says traditional networking is based on a closed, proprietary and vertically integrated model that does not allow customers or developers to innovate and tailor networks to meet business needs because there is no community-based access to NOS source code for modification. An open source NOS, the company says, allows developers to engineer networks to prioritize business critical workloads and functions, ease interoperability, and relieve customers of proprietary software licensing structures.
The OpenSwitch NOS will include:
- Layer 2/3 protocol support;
- A state driven database for persistent and ephemeral state. The OpenSwitch NOS database will be based on OVSDB, Carroll says;
- Inter-module communication through system state database;
- Support for CLI, REST, and Puppet/Chef APIs.
The OpenSwitch Community started operating yesterday. The first developer release of the new OpenSwitch NOS will be available before the first half of 2016, with deployments expected in the second half.
OpenSwitch NOS code will be available on GitHub or through vendors like HP offering certified distributions.
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