The operator contributed the initial seed code for the 5G RAN Intelligent Controller, which was co-developed with Nokia, to the Linux Foundation in partnership with the O-RAN Alliance as open source software.
The white box OS startup, which is taking on data center big dogs Cisco and Arista, launched its hardware-agnostic operating system last July.
The partners expanded their support for Pluribus’ network operating system and cloud fabric software on five additional Edgecore white box, top-of-rack switches.
These devices will be open, disaggregated, interoperable, and supplier-neutral, and they target mobile operators’ 5G deployments.
This white box reference design is available to any hardware maker to use as a guide to build cell site gateway routers. And they can be paired with disaggregated software.
CEO Devesh Garg says the company’s operating system isn’t limited by legacy software or hardware and can take advantage of innovations in the underlying silicon.
Network operators that are transitioning to 5G need to manage a significantly greater number of switching routes compared to data center operators.
White box beat Dell EMC in terms of data center server revenue and units shipped in the first quarter of 2018.
The software is targeted at large-scale enterprises looking to make the jump from legacy or proprietary systems like those from Cisco.
At the Open Networking Summit, AT&T said DANOS was critical to the company as it deploys 60,000 white boxes and transforms its network to deal with the onslaught of traffic and the advent of 5G.
The disaggregated data center project developed its own switch called Pigeon.
Big Mon uses a technology called GPRS tunneling protocol (GTP) to keep an eye on traffic.
This moves Cumulus into the data center interconnect market.
The initial ONAP Amsterdam release is expected this month.