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SnapRoute, Dell drive new advances into OpenSwitch Project

Open source network operating system initiative OpenSwitch, which is a Linux Foundation project, gains further SnapRoute and Dell EMC advances

The Linux Foundation’s OpenSwitch Project is set to gain further depth as SnapRoute and Dell EMC announced plans to drive new advances into the open source network operating system initiative.

SnapRoute, which is one of the founding members of the project, said it was adding its open source network stack and management services designed to support modular, hardware independent network operating systems accessible through APIs. Dell EMC is providing its OS10 Open Edition platform said to be an open, disaggregated base subsystem incorporating hardware and platform abstraction layers for networking switching applications.

For SnapRoute the move furthers its support for OpenSwitch, which includes the firms networking stack contributions. The Linux Foundation noted the OpenSwitch platform’s modular protocol and software design allows organizations to use only segments of the stack for their needs and supports continued use of legacy architectures.

Dell EMC, which was formed last month following Dell’s $60 billion acquisition of EMC, said the contribution furthers its work in the open source community that also includes work with the Open Compute Project.

The OpenSwitch project was formed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise last year in an attempt to develop a “full-featured network operating system and control plane” built to run on Linux enabling the transition to disaggregated networks. Initial supporters included Accton Technology, Arista, Broadcom, Intel and VMware. The project joined the Linux Foundation’s stable of open source initiatives in June.

Companies that have joined the project since its formation include Barefoot Networks, Cavium, Edgecore Networks, Extreme Networks, LinkedIn, Marvell, Mellanox Technologies, Nephos,, Quattro Networks and Terralogic.

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