Ser­vice providers will be able to use white boxes with greater ef­fi­ciency

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To cre­ate an ecosys­tem that of­fers ap­pli­ca­tion and hard­ware op­tions from mul­ti­ple ven­dors, AT&T has open­sourced its Dis­ag­gre­gated Net­work Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem, or dNOS project, in or­der to sim­plify OS de­vel­op­ment for other net­work ob­jects. The

Linux Foun­da­tion will take over the project, which seeks to de­velop a soft­ware frame­work to speed the adop­tion and use of white boxes in ser­vice provider in­fra­struc­ture.

AT&T is al­ready a backer of the ONAP plat­form for SDN and NFV.

Just as the ONAP plat­form has be­come the open net­work op­er­at­ing sys­tem for the net­work cloud, the dNOS project aims to be the open op­er­at­ing sys­tem for white boxes, the com­pany said.

The project will sup­port ex­ist­ing net­work pro­to­cols and of­fer ex­pan­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port new tools, like the open source pro­gram­ming lan­guage P4. Hu­man re­sources from AT&T Labs and AT&T Vy­atta will be key con­trib­u­tors to the project.

AT&T is work­ing to pro­vide the in­dus­try with a more open, flex­i­ble and cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional in­te­grated net­work­ing equip­ment. Open sourc­ing the dNOS project will en­sure soft­ware de­vel­op­ers, net­work op­er­a­tors, cloud providers, hard­ware mak­ers and net­work­ing ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ers can quickly cre­ate new white box in­fra­struc­ture to meet evolv­ing cus­tomer re­quire­ments — and do it in a more cost-ef­fec­tive way. The code and col­lat­eral tran­si­tion will be­gin soon.

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