Infoblox Inc. (NYSE:BLOX), the network control company, today announced
LINCX, a new production-ready open-source software-defined networking
switch that is fully programmable, available now as a free download from
the FlowForwarding.org project (www.flowforwarding.org).
Stuart Bailey, founder and chief technology officer of Infoblox, and his
research team developed LINCX as a contribution to the SDN community-not
as an Infoblox product-to demonstrate how SDN makes it possible to
quickly and inexpensively create powerful new technology that can
disrupt traditional hardware-based networking. The goal for LINCX,
therefore, is to help drive further awareness and development of
open-source SDN applications.
LINCX was built in one year by a team of only 6 engineers at a cost of
about $1 million, and contains about 34,000 lines of code.
Commercial-grade hardware switches typically require teams of dozens of
engineers working for several years and contain hundreds of thousands or
even millions of lines of code.
No dedicated hardware is required for LINCX. Instead, the software can
run on any standard off-the-shelf physical or virtual Linux or Xen
server, as well as on network "white-box" devices that cost as little as
$300. Hardware switches, in contrast, typically cost tens of thousands
of dollars, require expensive custom processors, and run proprietary
software that can't be accessed or modified by the user.
LINCX is written in the Erlang programming language, which is designed
for creating systems that are flexible, highly available, and massively
salable. Deep packet inspection (DPI) and protocol support are fully
programmable in LINCX, so switching can be adjusted on the fly to meet
changing network requirements.
LINCX achieves about 80 percent of the performance of Open vSwitch, the
best-known open-source SDN switch, with a much smaller footprint. Open
vSwitch, for example, has about 170,000 lines of code-more than four
times the size of LINCX.
"SDN is positioned to profoundly transform networking," said Bailey.
"When SDN is fully established, which we believe is at least several
years away, there will be no more physical networking hardware. No
switches, no routers, no load balancers, no WAN optimizers. Instead,
data-center servers will run SDN software-allowing them to constantly
re-balance their functions and workloads, as needed-and require only a
mesh of Ethernet cables to connect among themselves.
"We created LINCX to showcase how the world changes when network control
moves to software and is completely separated from the underlying
hardware," Bailey continued. "I'm excited to have this opportunity to
help keep Infoblox at the cutting edge of network innovation. If we can
build LINCX in a year with just six people, we know others will soon be
able to create SDN applications that are even more interesting. SDN is
an open playing field, and I expect there will be many winners among
networking incumbents, as well as among future start-ups that today are
only a gleam in the eyes of young engineers."
Infoblox (NYSE:BLOX) delivers network control solutions, the fundamental
technology that connects end users, devices, and networks. These
solutions enable approximately 7,300 enterprises and service providers
to transform, secure, and scale complex networks. Infoblox helps take
the burden of complex network control out of human hands, reduce costs,
and increase security, accuracy, and uptime. Infoblox (www.infoblox.com)
is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and has operations in over
Forward-looking and Cautionary Statements - Infoblox
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which involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking
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be design flaws in the company's products, shifts in customer demand and
the IT services market in general, shifts in strategic relationships,
delays in the ability to deliver products, or announcements by
competitors. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in
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Commission, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov.
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