Everybody loves Microsoft's open switch software, SONiC

www.theregister.co.uk | 3/21/2018 | Staff
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ROUNDUP This week's networking news roundup isn't only “what happened at the Open Compute Project summit?” – there's also news from F5, Palo Alto Networks, and Dell EMC.

Microsoft coordinated a bunch of announcements at the Open Compute Project summit this week, centred around its SONiC open switch software platform.

Microsoft - Mellanox - Deal - SONiC - Platforms

Microsoft and Mellanox inked a deal that added SONiC to the platforms supported on Mellanox Spectrum switches and ConnectX NICs.

The combination makes it easier to extend non-virtual on-premises networks into the Azure cloud, Mellanox said.

SONiC - Breaks - Switch - Software - Components

SONiC breaks switch software into multiple, containerised components and targets cloud networking where scale and management are the main considerations.

Microsoft's Yousef Khalid has a detailed discussion of SONiC here.

Mellanox - SONiC - Enthusiast - OCP - Summit

Mellanox wasn't the only SONiC enthusiast at the OCP Summit this week. Apstra also ran demonstrations of its intent-based operating system, AOS, with the Microsoft offering.

Barefoot's another fan, folding SONiC into a variety of its Tofino-based bare metal switches. The company said SONiC will bring advanced capabilities like data plane telemetry.

Microsoft - SONiC - Open - Compute - Project

Microsoft has contributed SONiC to the Open Compute Project.

F5 this week announced it's integrating its Big IP application layer services into IBM's Cloud Private.

Company - Big - IP - Controller - Component

The company explained it's created the Big IP Controller as a component that runs in an IBM Cloud Private container.

Outside the container “is a BIG-IP, providing ingress routing and layer 4–7 services to a series of application pools made up...
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