Interest in open source network operating systems based on Linux running on a bare-metal switch is high. But not many networking professionals are familiar with platforms based on Linux. To make it simpler to make the switch, Cumulus Networks has created a Network Command Line Utility (NCLU) that provides a central location from which they can manually manage the Cumulus Linux environment using a command-line interface most network administrators would easily recognize.
Cumulus Networks CTO JR Rivers says the goal is to provide network managers with a means of making the switch to an open source networking environment using a tool that resembles the ones most of them currently use to manage proprietary networks.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204663295;s=11915;x=7936;f=201904081034270;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20410779;e=i“We don’t think network administrators are afraid of Linux,” says Rivers. “They just don’t always know where to get started in a daily basis.”
Over time, Rivers says the insights NCLU provides into a Linux-based networking environment will make it simpler for network administrators to gradually make the switch as they become more familiar with Linux.
It’s unclear to what degree Linux-based network operating systems will be able to supplant legacy networking environments. But any such transition is going to involve a lot of on-the-job training. As such, that should be easier for network administrators to absorb when the Linux-based platform looks and feels like everything else in the networking environment.