A fundamental shift in network architecture is well underway, with service providers and other large organizations transitioning from purpose-built hardware appliances to a more software-driven infrastructure in efforts to cut costs, increase agility and better serve customers.
This shift has led to a dramatic uptick in open networking solutions, commonly known in the industry as white box networking.
The purpose of this lab is to provide a sandbox where the behavior and interoperation of multiple open OEM operating systems can be observed and modified.
The sandbox is built with basic L3 routing (OSPF and BGP) established in a multivendor spine-leaf topology. After initial setup, a simple Ansible script will allow you to "toggle" a leaf switch between various open network instances (Cisco, Cumulus, Dell, VyOS, JunOS), observe how the new instance integrates with the existing route/switch infrastructure, capture identical configuration snippets on different platforms, and run your own configuration scenarios.