Founded by Kunihiro Ishiguro and Yoshinari Yoshikawa the founders of GNU Zebra, came together to form IP Infusion back in 1999 as a commercial-grade, hardware-independent networking software company. If you’re not familiar with Zebra, you probably know it’s little brother Quagga which powers everything from Cumulus Linux to Vyatta and even my old digs.. Imagestream routers. Ishiguro and Yoshikawa took Zebra, and built ZebOS, which has been working behind the scenes in products we all use every day for years. IP Infusion’s ZebOS powers everything from F5 LTM’s and Citrix Netscaler’s to Plexxi, SK Telecom, and Huawei networking products.
Today IP Infusion is selling two variants of ZebOS to OEMs, OcNOS and VirNOS. OcNOS is a full featured network OS built specifically for White Box OEMs looking for switching, routing, MPLS, and SDN support. It can support a hybrid, centralized, or distributed network framework which provides a scalable, modular, and robust framework that can be deployed on merchant silicon. VirNOS is their NFV solution that can be used for distributed or cloud based vCPE, vPE, or vRouters in your data center.
Whitebox networking is a really exciting market that I have been looking into since the SDN craze started. With OcNOS being widely supported on the Trident II / II+, Helix4, and Tomahawk SoC’s there is no shortage of support for running a thoroughly vetted NOS on your whitebox COTS hardware.
IP Infusion VirNOS Product Overview with Tetsuya Murakami
IP Infusion OcNOS & VirNOS Demo with Ajith Adapa
Here are a couple NFD delegates that also wrote on this subject.
- Who is IP Infusion and Why Have You Never Heard of Them?
- IP Infusion: The Enterprise Whitebox Solution
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