Enterprises that want to kick the tires on the open-source network operating system SONiC got a new option this week as Aviz Networks and a group of well-established industry vendors and organizations said they would collaborate on a new testing facility.\nThe lab, the Open Networking Experience (ONE) Center for SONiC is being offered by SONiC startup Aviz and will be supported by collaboration with the Linux Foundation, The Open Compute Project, Celestica, Cisco, Edgecore, Nvidia, Ragile, Supermicro, Wistron, and Keysight.\nThe center will feature online and in-person access at no cost for network operators to try out the capabilities of SONiC across a wide range of hardware, according to Aviz.\u00a0\nOrganizations will be able to experience SONiC running on multiple platform and ASIC combinations, Aviz CEO Vishal Shukla said in a statement.\nONE Center eliminates the need to purchase switches in order to explore SONiC, making it less costly for potential users to narrow down the best options for their specific needs, Shukla said.\nSONiC\u2014Software for Open Networking in the Cloud\u2014is the Linux-based network operating system (NOS) that decouples network software from the underlying hardware and lets it run on hundreds of switches and ASICs from multiple vendors while supporting a full suite of network features such as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), remote direct memory access (RDMA), QoS, and ethernet\/IP.\u00a0\nSONiC was developed and then open-sourced by Microsoft, which a year ago turned the project over to the Linux Foundation and its 450,000 developers. The vendor community supporting SONiC has been growing and includes Dell, Arista, Nokia, Alibaba, Comcast, Cisco, Broadcom, Juniper Apstra, Edgecore, Innovium, Nvidia, Celetica, and VMware. It has also been integrated with other open-source projects, including Kubernetes and Ansible.\nAviz offers Open Networking Enterprise Suite (ONES), the first of what it says will be a suite of software to manage SONiC networks.\nFrom its SONiC-based controller, ONES supports zero-touch provisioning and configuration validation. It includes SONiC configuration templates for data-center leaf\/spine configurations and supports standard networking technologies such as EVPN, VxLAN, and BGP.\u00a0\n\u201cThe idea with ONES is, for the first time, to bring the tools enterprise customers can use to for multi-vendor orchestration, visibility, assurance, and 24x7 support in a SONiC network,\u201d Shukla told Network World in a Decenmber Network Wolrd article.\nONES compiles a network\u2019s hardware and software inventory by gathering telemetry from switches. It supports vendor NOSes such as Nvidia Cumulus Linux, Arista EOS, and Cisco NX-OS, as well as switches that utilize standard OpenConfig telemetry, Shukla said.\nCisco showed support for SONiC in September by rolling out SONiC Developer Sandbox which provides a Cisco 8000 emulator that lets customers build virtual network simulations (or labs) to experiment with new topologies, protocols, and configuration changes.\nIn the sandbox, customers can automate network tests through CI\/CD pipeline integration, and learn more about SONiC and the Cisco 8000 line. The sandbox topology includes four Cisco 8000 routers that run SONiC and a Linux server that functions as a traffic generator.