Cloud computing is transforming the digital landscape, offering flexibility and lower total costs, plus high service availability. The downside is that cloud-based networks utilize a centralized architecture. Everything is accessed from and stored in one spot. An edge-cloud ecosystem, on the other hand, places computing resources where the traffic is—at the edge of the cloud.
Helping drive the growth of edge-cloud architecture is the launch of the new Tungsten Fabric Open Lab. Launched jointly by Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo and SDNLAB, the Open Lab aims to forge an open source test and verification environment for Tungsten Fabric and other Software Defined Networks (SDN) projects.
Tungsten Fabric is an open source, scalable, multi-cloud, multistack networking platform. It provides a single point of control, observability and analytics for networking and security. Tungsten Fabric is integrated with private cloud stacks including Kubernetes, VMware and OpenStack. It also supports hybrid deployments with public clouds including AWS and GCE.
“Continuous integration and automated testing are critical pieces for any environment supporting edge use cases, especially in highly distributed production environments,” says Randy Bias, vice president, Technology – Open Source Software at Juniper Networks. “When you consider the diversity of vendors and use cases in edge, the testing and integration problem is even more acute. Tungsten Fabric Open Lab will provide the infrastructure and tooling that both vendors and users need to deliver reliable and performant applications and network services, from the core to the edge.”
The goal of the Tungsten Fabric Open Lab is to build a Continuous Integration (CI) and automatic test environment for Tungsten Fabric functional and performance indicators, including key usage scenarios such as edge computing, multiple cloud and switch integration. By working collaboratively with software and hardware partners across the ecosystem to define the key service scheme, the goal is to help accelerate commercial deployments.
Details on how to participate are available at https://wiki.tungsten.io/display/TUN/Open+Lab.