I have written before about Linux being the fantastic foundation for the Network Operating System across platforms and network devices. Cumulus has released a Virtual Community Edition of their software. Cumulus VX allows network administrators, operators, and anyone with a laptop the ability to run their software on their device. This allows validation of designs, testing a new way of network operation and administration, as well as integrate it into their labs.
It features all of their functions except SwitchD. It also does not include in ASIC acceleration (given it is not on their white box architecture).
This is already running in my Lab in Singapore supporting 4 path Equal Cost Multi Path peer with some static routes to a neutron router. It’s different. Different is good!