Open Network Hardware

Powering the Software-Defined Data Center with Open Networking Switching

For years, hyperscale data center operators have known the operational and financial benefits of leveraging open networking switching. The growing adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) has further broadened the deployment, and established the viability and economic benefits, of open network hardware concepts beyond the hyperscale operators.

Typical Open Networking ArchitectureSimilar to how servers have evolved with the abstraction and separation of the hardware and software components, open networking switches and solutions are based on disaggregating the hardware and software layers of traditional, legacy switching platforms to open, standards-based, bare-metal hardware with a choice of independent open software for the network operating system (NOS). Consequently, open networking principles enable organizations to assemble the best combination of networking hardware and software to meet their specific deployment requirements, while increasing flexibility, and reducing acquisition and operational costs.

Benefits of Open Networking Strategies

  • Achieve flexibility to independently choose networking software and hardware components to best meet operational requirements
  • Lower the total cost of IT operations through reductions in both CAPEX and OPEX
  • Reduce architectural complexities and improve operational consistency
  • Achieve feature and performance parity with traditional hardware-software combined products
  • Pay as you grow via scale-out, versus scale-up, design principles
  • Eliminate costly and cumbersome chassis and gain greater architectural agility with fixed form factor leaf-and-spine architectures
  • Improve energy efficiency and reduce cooling requirements
  • Simplify operations through open provisioning, orchestration and automation

Netvisor Runs on Open Networking Switches

In today’s digital economy, data center demands continue to mount, and the move to an open networking model is well underway. Private and public cloud data centers of all sizes demand performance predictability, scalability, and reliability. Today’s open source networking hardware products provide the rich foundation for next-generation, future-ready data center architectures. Pluribus Networks empowers enterprise and service provider organizations with freedom of choice when choosing their networking hardware to take advantage of the benefits of the market-leading Netvisor ONE Network Operating System software.

Netvisor ONE is a fully abstracted and virtualized NOS that provides a best-in-class Layer 2 and Layer 3 networking foundation, advanced overlay networking capabilities and distributed fabric intelligence. In addition, Netvisor ONE virtualizes the open source switch hardware, similar to how server hypervisors virtualize bare metal servers. Switch virtualization decouples network resources from the underlying hardware to create multiple virtualized network devices with dedicated network services per virtualized network device. As a result, a single standards-based open networking switch can instantiate multiple virtualized network devices, each with its own virtualized router, data plane, control plane, and management plane to support granular east/west and north/south network segmentation, strict multi-tenant services and the integration of virtualized network services and functions.

See how data center operators are implementing open networking today

Open Networking Hardware support for the Pluribus Netvisor Network Operating System

Combining open networking hardware and the Pluribus Netvisor ONE software empowers organizations to achieve the best combinations of software and hardware to scale out networks with any combination of 10, 25, 40 or 100 gigabit interfaces. The Pluribus Netvisor ONE OS runs on a wide-range of Open Compute Project (OCP) and Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) hardware-compliant open network switches.

Highlighted Open Networking Switches Supporting the Pluribus Netvisor Software:


Dell EMC Open Networking switches are fully integrated with the Pluribus Netvisor ONE Network Operating System to provide a flexible, powerful and optimized open networking data center switching solution for today’s demanding modern workloads and applications enabling the smooth migration to the software-defined data center.

Edgecore Networks

Edgecore switches support the broadest set of commercial and open source software choices in the industry, providing customers with alternatives to meet their specific requirements. Edgecore Networks offers choices of hardware to meet open network deployments ranging from 1G, 10G, 25G and 40G, to 100G.


Celestica offers open networking switches designed for data center top-of-rack and central office edge computing environments and is fully integrated with the Pluribus Netvisor ONE Network OS to provide powerful solutions optimized for constrained edge deployments.


For a list of supported switches, please see the Pluribus Netvisor ONE Data Sheet

Pluribus Freedom Series Open Network Switches

For organizations that are looking for an integrated, turnkey solution, Pluribus Networks offers deployment-proven, high-performance open networking switches that have been pre-integrated with the Netvisor ONE software to simplify operations and speed time to deployment. To support a wide range of operational requirements, Pluribus Networks offers the Pluribus Freedom 9000 Series open network switches.

Freedom Series Open Networking Switches

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