There is an accelerating trend in the industry towards a “white box” solution for network disaggregation and switching. The value of that market will exceed $1 billion in the US in 2017, and is expected to account for 20% by 2020. There is a missing link, and that is the all-important software component.
The OpenSwitch initiative is open source. A Linux-based NOS offering freedom of innovation while maintaining stability and minimizing vulnerability. The ultimate purpose is to provide a cost-effective solution for many companies and organizations that do not have the massive financial resources of the likes of Google and Facebook.