Open source, programmability, and as-a-service play a big role in future networks

As networks rely more on software, industry experts expect open-source to play a role in Layer 2 and 3 functionality, and that data-centers will rely more on cloud-like services.

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Networks of the not-to-distant future could feature many more open-source software components, advanced programmability, and be delivered as-a-service, according to experts speaking at the Future:Net 2021 symposium.

Attendees of the virtual event heard predictions from vendors such as Cisco, Google, and Microsoft as well as academics and analyst firms such as Gartner and 451 Research. 

A key theme from many of the speakers was that networks and networking technology of the future will feature way more software controls and programmability than most enterprise customers see in their environments today. 

Such major changes start with the growing use open source networking technology.

Leading the way at the moment is the growing interest and use of open-sourced network operating systemm Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC).

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