SnapRoute and Canonical create new switch stack for network operators

SnapRoute and Canonical have announced an integrated network stack, creating a rock solid software foundation for white-box and brite-box switch deployments in large environments. FlexSwitch from SnapRoute is a modern, micro-services architecture switch control plane, and Canonical's Ubuntu is the most widely trusted OS in enterprise cloud computing.

The FlexSwitch+Ubuntu stack is certified on multiple white-box switches including the Facebook Wedge 100. It dramatically simplifies deployment and operations for out-of-band management, top-of-rack, leaf, and spine networks since the switch control software can be deployed as a normal Ubuntu application in the datacenter. The move to Ubuntu brings a new degree of freedom to the white-box switch market thanks to its huge cloud software ecosystem.

FlexSwitch deployment is fully automated with Canonical's MAAS ('Metal as a Service'), enabling top-to-bottom data center provisioning.

Udi Nachmany, Vice President of Cloud Alliances, Canonical, said: "Network Operators demand visibility and control of all aspects of their infrastructure. The combination of the familiar and widely trusted Ubuntu OS, and SnapRoute's pioneering FlexSwitch, raises the bar on security, operational control and network stack innovation."

Jason Forrester, Founder and CEO, SnapRoute, said: "We strongly believe that open networks are synonymous to good networks. Combining Ubuntu and FlexSwitch on a white-box platform of choice delivers network architects a reliable and simple alternative to closed, traditional switch platforms while providing choice and flexibility to leverage the vast universe of Linux-based software and tools right on the switch. This is the future of networking."

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