Open Networking

What is Open Networking?

Open Networking is a new approach to networking – one that disrupts the outdated and limiting traditional way of networking and instead provides you full stack control over your network.

Open Networking disaggregates the hardware and software and gives you the freedom to choose innovative hardware and software that fits best to your needs.

Open Networking unlocks the full potential of your network stack by giving you the ability to fully control and build own applications, improving the operation, management and monitoring of your network.

Continue reading this page to learn more about the benefits of Open Networking: Understand why more and more users – from small companies to billion-dollar tech giants – are choosing to ditch the outdated Traditional Networking approach and are switching to future-proof Open Networking and why Open Networking is here to stay.

Open Networking
is a chance to make networking better.
Let’s make it better,
together!

Benefits of Open Networking

Thanks to the disaggregated nature of Open Networking you have the freedom to choose the hardware and software that suits your needs best

Open Networking Hardware

Choose from a range of premium quality Open Networking switches, ranging from 1 to 400 GbE

With Open Hardware, the ability to use standard, un-coded peripherals (often from the same manufacturer) can reduce total network costs by five figures in even small to medium enterprises.

  • Unlocked hardware
  • Built by billion-dollar OEMs
  • Same quality, half the price (no marketing, software development, etc.)
  • Switches for every use case
  • Reusable by simply installing another NOS
  • Warranty and support

Open Networking Software

Choose from a range of Network Operating Systems and Software Tools – from Open Source to Commercial Solutions

One of the most important advantages of Open Networking is the switch adapting to different roles by simply changing the switch operating system and software tools.

  • Many switch Operating Systems for different use cases
  • Choose the switch OS that fits you best
  • Change the OS but keep the hardware and reuse it
  • Highly cost efficient, especially for L2 / L3
  • Open source OS offer adjustability
  • Commercial OS offer continuous support and testing

This innovative approach, gives you access to some great benefits

Flexibility

Choose the right soft- and hardware for your specific needs

Reusability

Flexibly reuse the hardware platform for other purposes

Scalability

Scale from small to hyperscale – your network grows together with you

Greener

Automation and optimized networking functions improve energy efficiency

Simplified Architecture

Build flexible and agile network topologies

Greater Agility

Create specific flows to control your environment

Automation

Automated configurations, rollouts and operations, that free up your time

Lower Cost

Up to 50% CapEx savings

The Comparison

Let’s check how Traditional Networking compares to Open Networking

One of the biggest differences between them, is the level of freedom and choice you are allowed to have

Traditional Networking

Fully Locked In

No choice possible, you are bound to the vendor

Open Networking

Complete Freedom

Freely choose your software and hardware

No Software Choice

You don’t have the freedom to choose the Network Operating System that suits you. You need to work around with what the vendor provides.

No Hardware Choice

You are locked to the hardware the vendor offers. Expensive support rates and original accessories are adding additional cost.

Free Choice of Software

You can choose from a broad range of operating systems, software tools and services. Make the software work for you, by using automation tools.

Free Choice of Hardware

You can choose from a broad range of high quality hardware manufacturers, each with different models and different strengths.

  • Closed System

    Proprietary and closed system on software and hardware

  • Vendor Lock-In

    High dependency on one vendor – if the vendor disappears, you will have a problem

  • Expensive

    High purchase and support rates, original accessoires like transceivers and DACs very expensive

  • Open System

    Freedom to choose any hardware and software, from open source and free solutions to commercially supported solutions

  • Independency from Vendors

    Mix and match hardware and software to your specific needs

  • Lower Costs

    Up to 50% savings on the same quality and performance

The Comparison

Let’s check how Traditional Networking compares to Open Networking

One of the biggest differences between them, is the level of freedom and choice you are allowed to have

Traditional Networking

Fully Locked In

No choice possible, you are bound to the vendor

No Software Choice

You don’t have the freedom to choose the Network Operating System that suits you. You need to work around with what the vendor provides.

No Hardware Choice

You are locked to the hardware the vendor offers. Expensive support rates and original accessories are adding additional cost.

  • Closed System

    Proprietary and closed system on software and hardware

  • Vendor Lock-In

    High dependency on one vendor – if the vendor disappears, you will have a problem

  • Expensive

    High purchase and support rates, original accessoires like transceivers and DACs very expensive

Open Networking

Complete Freedom

Freely choose your software and hardware

Free Choice of Software

You can choose from a broad range of operating systems, software tools and services. Make the software work for you, by using automation tools.

Free Choice of Hardware

You can choose from a broad range of high quality hardware manufacturers, each with different models and different strengths.

  • Open System

    Freedom to choose any hardware and software, from open source and free solutions to commercially supported solutions

  • Independency from Vendors

    Mix and match hardware and software to your specific needs

  • Lower Costs

    Up to 50% savings on the same quality and performance

Even More

Let’s compare a few more topics.

Traditional Networking vs. Open Networking
Full control at network vendor

Network Control
Full control in your hands
Special vendor certification required
Knowledge to Operate the Network
Only basic Linux knowledge required
Hidden costs on additional software, training, mandatory certification etc.
Cost Transparency
Full transparency upfront, free and open source community tools are additionally available
Manageable via custom, vendor specific CLI
User Interface
Easily manageable via CLI or Shell – learn once, use everywhere
Time consuming and tedious workflows and tasks
Time Consumption
Automated operation workflows free up time and resources
Future migration or upgrades limited, due to proprietary protocols – you are locked to the vendor
Migration & Upgrade
Easy and fast migration to anywhere you want to go, thanks to open protocols
Limited reusability
Hardware Reusability
Possibility to flexibly repurpose old hardware and make it become a switch, router, SDN solution, load balancer, aggregator or packet broker
Energy hungry solutions
Energy
Greener and smarter solution through network stack offloads and automation (e.g. does the whole network need to run all the time, even on the weekend?)

Traditional Networking

vs.

Open Networking

vs. Traditional Networking Open Networking

Network Control
Full control at network vendor
Full control in your hands
Knowledge to Operate the Network
Special vendor certification required
Only basic Linux knowledge required
Cost Transparency
Hidden costs on additional software, training, mandatory certification etc.
Full transparency upfront, free and open source community tools are additionally available
User Interface
Manageable via custom, vendor specific CLI
Easily manageable via CLI or Shell – learn once, use everywhere
Time Consumption
Time consuming and tedious workflows and tasks
Automated operation workflows free up time and resources
Migration & Upgrade
Future migration or upgrades limited, due to proprietary protocols – you are locked to the vendor
Easy and fast migration to anywhere you want to go, thanks to open protocols
Hardware Reusability
Limited reusability
Possibility to flexibly repurpose old hardware and make it become a switch, router, SDN solution, load balancer, aggregator or packet broker
Energy
Energy hungry solutions
Greener and smarter solution through network stack offloads and automation (e.g. does the whole network need to run all the time, even on the weekend?)

Your Way2Open

Congrats! You made the first step into your Open Networking journey by informing yourself on the benefits of Open Networking. Make the next step to 100% unlock your network by utilizing Open Networking and get in touch with us.

With The Open Networking Expert, you have a trusted and experienced partner at your side, that will make the rest of your journey a breeze.

STORDIS will guide you through the available options and help you with deciding on the solution that suits your needs best.

Start your Way2Open together with STORDIS.

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