D-Link Adds Pluribus Networks’ Netvisor OS Support to Open Networking Hardware

It wasn’t all that long ago when the only operating system that an organization could run on network hardware was the operating system that was purpose-built by the vendor. Open Networking is now more commonplace, with vendors enabling organization with a choice of different operating systems.

D-Link is among the many vendors that now has and Open Networking portfolio of bare metal switches. Among the first of D-Link’s Open Networking switches is the DSX-5000-54S, which is a one rack unit (1RU), 54- port, top-of-rack (ToR) switch. The 54 ports include 48 that support 10 Gigabit Ethernet and six that support 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

The Open Compute Project’s (OCP), open-source Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) is a core part the DSX-5000-54S, providing network administrators with the ability to load the network operating system of their choice on the switch.

In addition to the ONIE version of the switch, D-Link also has a version where Pluribus Netvisor version 2.6 is installed, providing organizations with a pre—installed open networking system.

“IT directors are looking for networking solutions that will provide the ability to cultivate rapid innovation while decreasing costs,” said Michael Hardy, president, D-Link Systems, said in a statement. “Combined with our world-class service organization and our industry-leading Lifetime Warranties, D-Link and Pluribus Networks help bring superior agility with our Open Networking switches.”

The Pluribus Netvisor OS is a virtualized operating system enabling a single physical network device to run multiple virtual network appliances. Going a step up the stack, Netvisor OS lets devices become part of the Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric architecture, which provides a distributed Software Defined Network (SDN) fabric that aggregates multiple switches into a logical operating domain.

“The economic benefits and operational value of open networking strategies are becoming more important today as organizations are driving their network transformation to support a more digital-centric architecture,” Kumar Srikantan, president and chief executive officer of Pluribus Network, stated. “The addition of the D-Link hardware expands the market reach for Pluribus Networks by increasing the customers’ freedom of choice and bringing next-generation SDN to a broader range of environments.”

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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