Wind River Accelerates Development of SDN-Optimized Data Center Switches


  • Open Network Software enables the creation of SDN-optimized network switches, offering true separation of networking data and control planes.
  • Fujitsu is an early customer of Open Network Software.
  • Software is designed to target data center use cases such as top-of-rack switches and micro-server platforms.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 10, 2013Wind River®, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, has released Wind River Open Network Software for the development of next-generation data center switches. Open Network Software is a complete, open software environment for the creation of network switches for software defined networks and infrastructures. Early customers of Open Network Software include Fujitsu.

With the exponential growth of data and traffic, network resources and connectivity needs are being pushed to new limits. The promise of software defined networking (SDN) offers a vision for more centralized and agile network control via virtualization of data center resources. Open Network Software enables the separation of the data plane and control plane so that companies can begin to manage network services through abstraction as virtual services, and embrace technologies such as SDN and cloud computing.

A network switch software environment for true SDN switching, Open Network Software provides the tools and resources to create, modify, and update network layers' L1, L2+, and L3+ functionality. Open Network Software is designed with a flexible and modular open architecture with standard interfaces for management and control.

A future-proof solution, Open Network Software is highly extensible and allows for the seamless addition of third-party applications. It also supports an extensive suite of networking protocols. The software is well matched for use cases such as top-of-rack (ToR) switches in large data centers, blade and micro-servers, and as a platform for a variety of network appliances.

Open Network Software supports the Intel® Open Network Platform (ONP) Switch Reference Design and has been optimized for Intel hardware to provide high performance and flexibility. Additionally, Open Network Software is backed by a world-class global support organization.

“As a technology that goes hand-in-hand with cloud computing, SDN can centralize and simplify control of a network, allowing companies to increase flexibility, efficiencies, and cost and energy benefits,” said Ricky Watts, general manager of switching solutions at Wind River. “By using our comprehensive, extensible, ready-to-use software, customers can easily integrate SDN switching functionality into their products and get to market faster while saving on effort and expenses.”

More information about Wind River Open Network Software can be found at

Wind River will be demonstrating Open Network Software at the Intel booth in the Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Community at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2013 in San Francisco, September 10–12. For details about additional Wind River activities at IDF, visit

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 20 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at or on Facebook.

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