Avaya Disaggregates Its Networking Operating System
The company is enabling its OS to run on white-box systems, joining such other established vendors as Dell and HPE in the open networking space.Avaya is making its network operating system available on third-party industry-standard hardware, making the company the latest vendor in the expanding open networking space. The company is aiming the move at managed service providers, cloud service providers, systems integrators and data center hosting companies, enabling them the put their brand on Avaya's network OS and run it on their systems. According to Avaya officials, making the operating system available to run on standard systems is the first phase of a larger rollout of a networking disaggregation model that is being designed for high-density data centers that need such platforms as 64-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet or 32-port 100GbE. Avaya is working on the model and building out an ecosystem of partners through its membership in the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP). Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Juniper Networks are among the networking vendors embracing the open networking concept. Enterprises and service providers are increasingly demanding greater agility, programmability and affordability in their networking environments. A growing number of smaller vendors, such as Midokura, Pica8 and Big Switch Networks, offer network OSes and other software that can run on low-cost, industry-standard white-box systems built by original design manufacturers (ODMs), providing the flexibility often found with hyperscale players like Google and Facebook.
In response to the white-box networking push, Dell, HPE and Juniper are offering what Gartner analysts call "brite box" alternatives—branded systems that can run third-party software and come with services and support from the top-tier vendors. In addition, Dell earlier this year introduced Operating System 10 (OS10), which can run on other vendors' hardware, and Juniper two months earlier unveiled a disaggregated version of its Junos networking OS.