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The Evolution of Networking Industry: Open Architecture and The Role of Arm

The networking industry is witnessing a significant shift towards open architecture, with increasing use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products. This article discusses this evolution, focusing on key open-source projects and the role of Arm in this transformation.

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The Evolution of Networking Industry: Open Architecture and The Role of Arm

The evolution of the networking industry towards open architecture and general-purpose CPUs, including the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, is undeniable. The demand for higher throughput in network datapaths has driven a surge in the development and deployment of open-source software-based network applications and acceleration libraries. Key open-source projects driving this transformation include DPDK, FD.io/VPP, OVS, OpenSSL, Arm RAL, Magma, and Snort/Vectorscan.

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Open-source Shift in Networking Industry

One such example of this ongoing shift can be seen in AT&T's decisions and their potential impact in 2024. Other notable events from the past year include Cisco's acquisition of Splunk and the expansion of LF Connectivity with new subprojects. The need for digital transformation in IT security is ever-present, and ongoing efforts are being made to meet these needs.

IoT's Influence on IT Networking

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is significantly influencing IT networking. Issues like connectivity challenges, edge and fog computing, security concerns, data management and analytics, network scalability, standardization efforts, energy efficiency, and enhanced automation all fall under the transformative impact of IoT. Collaborative research and standardization are crucial to harness the full potential of IoT-enabled networks.

Technology Trends for DevOps SRE and Platform Engineers

Technology trends for DevOps SRE and platform engineers include Kubernetes security, Cilium, Tetragon, Hubble, k8sgpt, Tekton, Timoni, and OpenTofu. The growing importance of open-source software in the networking industry is evident.

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Arm's Role in the Networking Industry

Arm, a leading semiconductor and software design company, is deeply involved in these foundational projects. They ensure that their architecture supports and optimizes the latest features. Networking functions on Arm have accelerated significantly, and they are now available in servers, DPUs, security appliances, and wireless infrastructure. More developers are deploying their networking applications and services onto Arm-based platforms to benefit from the leading performance and power efficiency of the Arm architecture.

Despite 'severe challenges' such as sanctions and geopolitical issues, Huawei has withstood the test and is predicted to have a revenue of ¥700 billion in 2023. The company is also predicted to deliberately shed Android compatibility in the next generation of Hongmeng, making both Huawei and China less dependent on US tech. The Open Compute Project, initiated by Facebook in 2011, is another example of the embracing of open-source solutions, with facilities being branded as OCP Ready after meeting certain guidelines.

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