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A joint effort among open software-defined networking (SDN) organizations has resulted in a new leaf-spine datacenter fabric leveraging commodity white-box hardware and open source technologies. The partnership has produced what the players claim is an industry first: an L2/L3 leaf-spine fabric running on bare-metal switches that follows SDN principles and uses open source software. L2 and L3 refer to the data link and network layers, respectively, in the OSI Model, while leaf-spine networks are a more modern improvement over traditional three-tiered network designs. In a statement issued yesterday, project lead ONOS Project said, “Leaf-spine fabric technology is ideal for any enterprise in which the underlay fabric plays a key role in the infrastructure or service provider network operator interested in utilizing a hardware-based, modern datacenter fabric that leverages white-boxes and open source for easy customization.”

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