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SONiC Powers Big Switch Open Source Network OS Demo

March 18, 2019 / David Ramel

Big Switch Networks is the latest industry player to showcase new-age networking wares based on integration with the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) project.The Santa Clara, Calif., "cloud-first networking company" last week announced the demonstration of an open source network operating system (NOS) at an industry conference.The demo OS combines the Big Switch-championed Open Network Linux (ONL) with SONiC, an open source software initiative founded by Microsoft and now under the direction of the Open Compute Project (OCP). Microsoft uses it with its Azure public cloud platform for reported benefits such as quicker innovation, more vendor choice and reduced cost. Microsoft described SONiC as: "a collection of networking software components required to have a fully functional L3 device. It is designed meet the requirements of a cloud data center.