Article: Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

Circuits, Hardware, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing

Chip maker Innovium certifies white-box switches on open-source SONiC to disrupt networking industry

The open-source SONiC software will bring the same benefits of reduced total cost of ownership in networking as happened in white-box servers, Innovium claims. Networking equipment from Cisco Systems, Arista Networks, and Juniper Networks and others runs on operating system software owned and built by those vendors. Some parties think that needs to change.

Tuesday morning, Innovium, a vendor to Cisco and others of switching chips, announced it with partners in the original device maker, or ODM, field, it is testing and certifying network switches built on its chips and the open-source SONiC operating systems, a network operating system developed by Microsoft and the Open Compute Project and licensed under a mix of the GNU GPL and the Apache License.

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Article: Open source hardware as a profit-maximizing strategy of downstream firms

Circuits, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Open source hardware as a profit-maximizing strategy of downstream firms

This paper characterizes and explores a corporate strategy in which downstream firms collaborate to develop open substitute designs for proprietary hardware they would otherwise purchase from upstream suppliers.

This strategy centrally involves customers themselves distributing design costs over multiple customers â?? a strategy that is routine to producers selling to multiple customers, but which has been impractical for coalitions of customers until fairly recently. Today customers find it increasingly feasible to co-design products they may all purchase due to two technological trends.

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