DUBLIN: HP HAS ANNOUNCED its own flavour of Linux, aimed specifically at network switches, as part of a presentation at LinuxCon in Dublin.
OpenSwitch has been created to allow network engineers to "innovate without restrictions" and create purpose-built networks quickly and easily.
The community-based platform is supported by Accton, Arista, Broadcom, Intel and VMware, and is aimed at removing vendor lock-in while protecting investments with bespoke networks.
"Open source software, with its collaborative community of specialised developers, accelerates innovation and improves the stability of the software platform, providing organisations with a more powerful infrastructure to support their specific business requirements," said Mark Carroll, chief technology officer for HP Networking.
"The newly formed developer community and Linux-based OpenSwitch network operating system early release code will help developers address the rapidly evolving business and web-scale networking needs in the industry."
HP believes that opening the infrastructure of the networking environment will overcome problems of cross-compatibility between proprietary network architectures, for example in the event of a company merger (or in HP's case impending split).
The community is described as a "virtual innovation zone" to help users collaborate, test theories and work together to create more secure open source network operating systems.
OpenSwitch comes with L2/L3 protocol support, an open source cloud database for persistent and ephemeral configuration, a universal API approach crossing standards like CLI, REST, Puppet/Chef and Ansible, and a system database to manage all inter-module communications.
HP is no stranger to the open source community and is one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel and the OpenStack software environment.
OpenSwitch will be supported on HP Altoline open network switches and will be fully supported by HP Technology Services for anyone interested in employing it as part of a rollout.
OpenSwitch is available now for anyone wanting to get involved in shaping the latest flavour of Linux or simply to have a play with the source code. µ
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