Hewlett-Packard is expanding its outreach to the open source community with a new initiative and networking operating system to fuel new data center technologies.
The Linux-based, open source network operating system (NOS) was designed to counter "traditional networking" models, which HP derided in Monday's announcement as typically closed and proprietary, among other archaic practices.
Thus, HP's new source code is meant to enable developers to build data center networks customized for prioritizing business apps, workloads and functions.
To get the ball rolling, HP Networking's new OpenSwitch community has been set up as a virtual hub for developers, encouraging discussion and collaboration on creating secure network operating systems grounded in open and common industry standards.
The OpenSwitch community, opening up to the public today, is being backed by a number of other open source proponents as well, including Broadcom, Intel and VMware, among others.
The initial developer release for the OpenSwitch NOS also available now, supported by HP's Altoline open network switches. HP Technology Services will also offer support services for network deployment and production based on OpenSwitch NOS.