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IP Infusion, Inc. has unveiled OcNOS, the first, full- featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, including advanced capabilities such as extensive protocol support for MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching). OcNOS brings the power of the Open Compute Project, an open hardware movement and foundation, to data networking to reduce operational complexity.

Enterprises and service providers operating modern data centers need to create an infrastructure that has higher capacity, is less complex, and allows for fast and affordable addition of standard and new services. They require an approach that supports new, more fluid application architectures with greater agility and efficiency. Flexible programmable network is vital in providing service agility. Incumbent networking solutions are generally proprietary in nature with an emphasis on tight integration between custom hardware and software, leading to network solutions that are expensive, complex, without common management toolkits to orchestrate, automate, administer, operate, monitor and maintain. This complexity at the management plane, leads to increased vulnerability to both systems and operator errors, and high CapEx and OpEx cost structures.

OcNOS solves these problems by providing the crucial enterprise and carrier grade network operating system. Customers can take advantage of the price/performance of the bare-metal hardware as well as the agility and automation of the new generation of software-defined enterprise and data center software and the power of native Linux-based toolsets to create flexible network architectures.

OcNOS, is a modular, multitasking networking operating system, that fills the void for an enterprise and service provider class standalone networking system that's fast, easy, affordable, and gives network equipment manufacturers and network carriers the tight integration capabilities with commodity hardware they need to develop highly robust, scalable, redundant solutions that can be used in multiple deployment scenarios.

With the flexibility, extensive feature set, high degree of scalability and modularity that OcNOS offers, network carriers will be able to more easily implement large-scale IT deployments based on the Open Compute Project. Network providers also benefit from the robustness of an established operating system since OcNOS is built upon IP Infusion's popular and proven ZebOS line of networking products.

OcNOS brings support for:

Common software for multiple deployments and hardware -- Designed using several inbuilt abstraction layers. These abstraction layers, allow the software to run over multiple control plane CPU and forwarding built with COTS (commercial off the shelf) hardware. It has been integrated and verified with multiple commodity hardware featuring a variety of control CPUs and data planes featuring multiple vendor ASICs and network processors, which provides network architects the key ability to design customizable seamless network built around multivendor hardware platforms.

Extensive protocol feature set: Built from the ground up, OcNOS delivers feature sets required for deployment in enterprise, campus, datacenters, carrier and mobile backhaul networks. The complete suite of Layer2, Layer3, MPLS, MPLS-TP and intermediate technologies allow for placement in legacy networks to green field deployments alike. The extensive control plane features have their pedigree in the four generations of proven widely deployed ZebOS product line.

Interoperation and ease of use: Built using standards based definitions, as well as popular vendor specific extensions, the operations, administration and management of OcNOS is provided using industry standard CLI, REST, NetCONF and SNMP, thus allowing the OcNOS based network devices to be easy to operate and interoperate with other vendor solutions. A fully transactional management plane allows network operators to quickly and inexpensively deliver comprehensive management capability for their complex network architectures. North bound and south bound APIs provide programmability for custom management solutions.

Modular software design: Designed as highly modular with multiple processes handing each individual key protocols and managed by a framework, allows for deployment in scaled and performance intensive deployments. Control and data plane separation allows for flexible scalable network device architecture.

Support for disruptive networking technologies: Supports technologies required for bisectional bandwidth scaling such as MLAG, SPB, TRILL, data center bridging, at data centers and interconnects. It supports technologies required for SDN, Hybrid SDN and distributed control plane and Network Functions Virtualization.

High Availability and Reliability: Provides standards based reliability and redundancy protocols like VRRP, BFD, Ring failure recovery protocols (protection switching), Data Center bridging, Traffic Engineering, Stateful Switch Over and Graceful Restart mechanisms to provide a guaranteed high availability, reliability and network level redundancy.

About IP Infusion

IP Infusion is the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) company relied on for more than a decade by equipment manufacturers to help deliver products faster with lower costs and better differentiation. Over 250 customers, including all major networking equipment manufacturers, use IP Infusion's SDN platform ZebOS to build products that address the evolving needs of cloud, carrier and mobile networking.

IP Infusion's technology is deployed in networks with the highest levels of reliability across five continents that transport billions of mobile messages and provide the foundation for public, private and hybrid clouds. IP Infusion is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD.

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Date:May 1, 2015

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