The Linux Foundation has released the second version of its Dent open-source network operating system (NOS), adding improvements specifically aimed at small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) as well as future applications.
Dent 2.0, code-named Beeblebrox, adds IPv6 scalability along with Network Address Translation (NAT). Also added is Power over Ethernet (PoE), which reduces cabling requirements and allows for remote switches to be monitored and shut down from one interface. Rounding out the improvements is rate limiting, which protects the network against storms of broadcast traffic such as those caused by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. It all adds up to scalability with a focus on simplicity at the edge.
“This new release of Dent 2.0 adds critical updates focused on smaller enterprise needs. This was the goal of Dent all along,” said Steven Noble, Dent Technical Steering Committee Chair, in a prepared statement. “If you are looking for an open source disaggregated network OS, now is great timing for looking at Dent.”
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