Microsoft Tackles Cloud Data Center SDN With SONiC
Microsoft's latest contribution to the Open Compute Project is aimed at helping cloud data center operators more quickly embrace efficient, next-generation networking innovations.Microsoft is adding another piece to the software-defined data center puzzle for cloud providers. During this week's Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft unveiled a new set of open-source software components for switches and other networking devices dubbed Software for Open Networking in the Cloud, or SONiC for short. Built with the help of Arista, Broadcom, Dell and Mellanox, the software giant announced it had submitted the technology to the OCP. Founded by Facebook, the OCP promotes open-source data center system designs and specifications, with an eye toward scalability and efficiency. Today, the effort is backed by many of the world's biggest technology and communications companies, including AT&T, Google, Intel and, of course, Microsoft. SONiC is Microsoft's stab at popularizing software-defined networking (SDN) among cloud data center companies.
"Together with SAI [Switch Abstraction Interface], SONiC will enable cloud operators to take advantage of hardware innovation while giving them a framework to build upon an open source code for apps on the network switch and gain the ability to integrate with multiple platforms," blogged Mark Russinovich, chief technology officer at Microsoft Azure. "In short, we believe it's the final piece of the puzzle in delivering a fully open sourced switch platform that can share the same software stack across hardware from multiple switch vendors."