Infoblox announces free LINCX SDN switch

Networking switch aims to demonstrate how SDN can disrupt traditional hardware-based networking

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Infoblox announces free LINCX SDN switch Stuart Bailey, founder and chief technology officer of Infoblox, developed LINCX with his team as a contribution to the SDN community, not as an Infoblox product.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  June 15, 2014

Network control company Infoblox Inc, has today announced LINCX, a new, fully programmable, production-ready, open-source software-defined networking switch.

LINCX, which is written in the Erlang programming language is available now as a free download from the project, and is designed to help drive further awareness and development of open-source SDN applications.

"SDN is positioned to profoundly transform networking," said Stuart Bailey, founder and chief technology officer of Infoblox. "When SDN is fully established, which we believe is at least several years away, there will be no more physical networking hardware. No switches, no routers, no load balancers, no WAN optimisers. Instead, data-centre servers will run SDN software, allowing them to constantly re-balance their functions and workloads, as needed and require only a mesh of Ethernet cables to connect among themselves.

"We created LINCX to showcase how the world changes when network control moves to software and is completely separated from the underlying hardware," Bailey continued. "I'm excited to have this opportunity to help keep Infoblox at the cutting edge of network innovation.

"If we can build LINCX in a year with just six people, we know others will soon be able to create SDN applications that are even more interesting. SDN is an open playing field, and I expect there will be many winners among networking incumbents, as well as among future start-ups that today are only a gleam in the eyes of young engineers."

Bailey and his research team developed LINCX, which according to Infoblox cost about $1m and contains about 34,000 lines of code, as a contribution to the SDN community, not as an Infoblox product. It was developed to demonstrate how SDN makes it possible to quickly and inexpensively create powerful new technology that can disrupt traditional hardware-based networking.

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