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List of Major Open Source Network Operating Systems (NOS)

Posted on Dec 20, 2023 by
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Since the introduction of the first white box network operating system by Pica8 in 2009, the landscape of network infrastructure has undergone a significant transformation. Open source network operating systems have gained immense popularity due to their flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and scalability. In this blog post, we will explore some of the leading open source network operating systems.

Key Open Source Network Operating Systems

Let's explore the key open source network operating systems and their unique functionalities.

Open Source Network Operating Systems

PicOS

PicOS stands out as a leading open source network operating system developed by Pica8. It provides advanced features such as Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking protocols and supports several hardware platforms. With PicOS, businesses can optimize network performance while reducing costs associated with proprietary NOS alternatives.

SONiC

SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is an open source network operating system developed by Microsoft, primarily aimed at hyperscale data centers. SONiC provides advanced capabilities for managing and automating network infrastructure at scale, including enhanced visibility, telemetry, and programmability.

Cumulus Linux

Cumulus Linux, developed by Cumulus Networks, is another robust open source network operating system option. By decoupling the operating system from the underlying hardware, Cumulus Linux enables organizations to build networks using disaggregated components, allowing for flexibility, scalability, and seamless automation.

IP Infusion

IP Infusion offers an open and disaggregated network operating system called OcNOS (Open Compute Network Operating System). Designed for white box and disaggregated hardware, OcNOS provides a flexible and scalable solution for commercial and service provider networks.

Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Networks provides an open source network operating system known as Switch Light, a NOS based on ONL. ONL is a Linux-based operating system built for bare metal switches. It provides a foundation for organizations to develop and deploy their networking applications and services.

Open Network Linux

Designed for bare metal switches and white box platforms, Open Network Linux (ONL) enables organizations to develop custom network operating systems tailored to their specific needs. Its robust and modular architecture provides a solid foundation for building scalable networks.

OpenSwitch

OpenSwitch is an open source network operating system that offers organizations the flexibility and agility to deploy and manage networks of any scale. The open design and collaborative nature of OpenSwitch make it a valuable asset for organizations seeking to embrace open source networking.

Seamless Integration with Open Source Network Operating Systems

The evolution of open source network operating systems has transformed the networking landscape. With diverse options like Pica8, Cumulus, SONIC, and others, organizations have access to a rich ecosystem of solutions. FS offers not just PicOS but comprehensive services, ensuring seamless integration and optimized performance for your networking needs.

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