Differentiation on the hardware side is minimal and it is more related to energy efficiency, manufacturing quality and cost. The real differentiator on networking devices is the software. Differing from servers where the market is consolidated around few options, the Operating System on networking devices – also called NOS or Network Operating Systems – are far from consolidation. In fact, the current trend is towards differentiation. That is due to the inner characteristic of a NOS since it is not just a thin Operating System but a combination of a huge set of networking tasks and protocols to take care of the variety of telecommunication scenarios.
But complexity always brings security risks. From unexpected vulnerabilities to hidden backdoors, everything can be introduced quietly in a networking device through its NOS. Traffic mirroring or external control on data routing can expose the stability of the network or critical user data. It can be really hard to track from the outside.
The last few years brought the phenomenon of disaggregation. Customers used to choose their network gear from a selection of black boxes – hardware and software – as they were a single entity. Now, customers can select any combination of hardware and software, with software being the face in front of the customer, the differentiation and the key for quality, innovation, and security.
Very few companies have the knowledge and the experience to build a complete, full featured Network Operating System. There are a few industry icons, and a number of new players are showing up for the so-called white boxes. But how many of them can offer a team of +100 experienced networking engineers, many of them with more than 15 years in the industry, to build a full-featured OS? Datacom can. After 10 years of its first generation NOS for Ethernet switches, Datacom has decided to invest USD +30 million and 4 years designing DmOS – Datacom OS – a modern operating system that delivers high quality and security, and a platform for innovation for the future.