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[News] Switches Moving to GNU/Linux en Masse?

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Networking giant switching switches to Linux?

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| The switch from Wind River's VxWorks to an unnamed Linux distribution should 
| come by early next year, says an InternetNews.com story, attributing the 
| comments to Minka Nikolova, senior product manager at Alcatel-Lucent.  



Chip vendors partner on Linux switches

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| Two fabless networking chip vendors will collaborate on Linux-based reference 
| designs for managed enterprise switches and SOHO/SMB routers. The designs 
| will combine Cavium's multi-core MIP64-based Octeon processors with 
| Broadcom's StrataXGS and RoboSwitch Gigabit Ethernet switches, and run Linux 
| along with LVL7's Fastpath TCP/IP stack.     


Linux-based computer boasts router, switch

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| A Taiwanese embedded-computer vendor has announced a rugged, Linux-based 
| computer equipped with a router and switch. The Korenix JetBox 9300 is based 
| on an ARM9-based Atmel 180MHz RISC processor, and includes a five-port 
| Ethernet router and a lightweight managed switch.   


Cisco says hurt by weak banks; shares dive

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| Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers said on Wednesday his company was hit 
| by "dramatic decreases" in orders from U.S. banks, triggering concerns about 
| its growth prospects and sending its shares plunging.  


Upgraded Vyatta software attempts to make users think twice about Cisco

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| Since its debut in February 2006, Vyatta’s network software has been 
| downloaded nearly 100,000 times, the company says. Like other Linux and open 
| source programs, VC3 runs on commodity x86 hardware, which allows for low 
| cost purchase and implementation , proponents say.    


Vyatta Delivers Twice the Performance of Cisco at Half the Price

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| Vyatta today announced the release of independent third-party testing
| results from The Tolly Group that measured the throughput and
| performance of the open-source, x86-based Vyatta router and
| firewall appliance versus the proprietary Cisco 2821 ISR.
| "This report shatters the myth that proprietary hardware products
| are a better choice than standard x86-based systems for network
| infrastructure," said Dave Roberts, VP of strategy and marketing
| at Vyatta. "For the majority of routing applications, open-source
| software and x86-based hardware can easily address the performance
| requirements and at significantly lower price points."


3Com Brings Enterprise-Caliber IP Telephony to SMBs

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| As part of 3Com's commitment to providing the platform and support for 
| clients to implement best-of-breed Open Source solutions, the company also is 
| launching the 3Com Asterisk Appliance, an Open Source voice-over-IP (VoIP) 
| system based on Digium's Asterisk Appliance.   


3Com ‘reenters’ RP, bets on open source

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| Orcun Tezel, technical director of 3Com South Asia, explained that although 
| 3Com routers and switches now come with pre-integrated open-source 
| applications, its Open Services Networking (OSN) further 
| allows "best-ofbreed" applications to run on the Linux-based platform.   


3Com chooses an open strategy

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| The OSN infrastructure runs on Linux.


3Com, IBM extend VOIP/messaging interoperability

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| The VCX/Sametime interoperability also extends to 3Com and IBM
| software running on stand-alone servers. (3Com ships VCX systems
| on a Linux-based appliance, and IBM's Sametime runs on a variety 
| of operating systems and server hardware).


3Com: Turnaround Depends on IBM Deal

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| And that open source voice over IP system, called Asterisk, has reached
| its tipping point. But instead of ignoring such threats, 3Com appears
| ready to embrace them. In fact, I hear that 3Com plans to address
| the Asterisk market within the next few months.


3Com Evaluating Askerisk Strategy

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| The manager politely danced around the question, then indicated that
| 3Com planned to address Asterisk without necessarily competing with
| the open source system. Sounds like 3Com is piecing together a
| strategy to embrace Asterisk. Could there be a partnership or
| acquisition around the corner?
| [...]
| Supporting Asterisk would propel 3Com?s open platform strategy
| forward.


3Com touts open source

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| 3Com's OSN module is a Linux-based server blade that fits into
| the company's 6000 series routers. It is designed to run
| applications that benefit from being close to the network
| layer, the company says.


3Com introduces first 'open services' product

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| Launched at the end of last year, OSN is basically an effort to bring 
| some server capabilities into network appliances by using a 
| Linux-based server blade, as well as to allow users to plug 
| open-source modules into the appliance.
| [...]
| Interestingly, there is a twist in 3Com's adoption of open source: 
| Its founder, Metcalfe, was once known to be anti-open source. 
| Fortunately, Metcalfe has since become a convert in line with the OSN.


Networks finally learning to work together

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| A more technically interesting solution that 3Com has just rolled out is a
| Linux blade running in its high end switches.
| "Imagine a switch or router with a little bit of extra hardware 
| running Linux. We are inviting our partners to put their stuff on
| there, essentially a Linux PC on a blade. It's not about replacing
| servers, it's about putting an app into the network, like WAN
| optimization, packet analysis, netflow, security, things like
| this," he said.

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