Clients are seeking a robust, resilient and proven switching platform that delivers speed and intelligence to the essential access, distribution and aggregation layers where server and storage systems are connected to the data centre network. Today’s top-of-rack and blade server Ethernet switches require a full Layer 2/3 feature set implemented in a standards-compliant, interoperable and modular software architecture.
Data centre switch operating systems should be extensible to support Virtual Machine awareness, lossless operation for converged data and storage networks, and emerging standards such as Data Centre Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (DCB/CEE), 802.1Qbg and OpenFlow.1
The IBM Networking Operating System (IBM Networking OS) is a data centre-class network operating system progressively developed over the past 10 years to deliver highly reliable, high-performance Ethernet switching and interoperability with existing network infrastructures. IBM Networking OS delivers advanced capabilities for IBM RackSwitch and BladeCenter switches through its robust feature set, stable implementation of industry standards and IBM innovations such as IBM VMready® and Virtual Fabric. A graphical user interface and industry-standard command line interface deliver easy management. IBM Networking OS supports the latest advances in cloud networking, flat networks, converged data and storage networking, virtualisation awareness and software-defined networking.