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The Register: Network operating system Dent 2.0 targets smaller firms

By March 8, 2022Community News

The Dent Project has released version 2.0 of its open source network operating system, carving out features designed to make it easier for small or mid-sized enterprises to support edge deployments.

Dent OS is a Linux Foundation project that provides a platform for disaggregated network switches running on white-box hardware, and is based on the Linux kernel and open-source projects such as Switchdev. The first release was codenamed “Arthur”, after Arthur Dent of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and this latest release was codenamed “Beeblebrox”.

2.0 adds IPv6 and Network Address Translation (NAT) support for scalability and also to support a broader community of enterprise customers. Also new is Power over Ethernet (PoE) control to allow remote switching and monitoring in edge deployments. Another addition is traffic policing measures, such as rate limiting to protect against broadcast storms and help alleviate attacks that attempt to overwhelm key infrastructure.

According to the Dent Project, the new features are intended to allow smaller enterprises to take advantage of disaggregated switches as well as enable use cases beyond the datacenter.

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