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Arrcus emerges from stealth and has launched and released its first product: ArcOS, an independent, open, Linux-based, hardware agnostic network operating system.

ArcOS is a high-quality alternative to vertically integrated OEMs, to meet and exceed the modern smart network infrastructure requirements.

ArcOS is a fully programmable, microservices-based network operating system built from first principles. Based on Debian Linux, it is an open system that can be easily integrated with other Linux distributions as well.

ArcOS enables organizations to cost-effectively build massively scalable infrastructure across physical, virtual, and cloud network environments while delivering superior performance, security, and deployment flexibility.

Key ArcOS elements include:

  • Robust, resilient control plane at internet scale
  • Support for IPv4/IPv6/MPLS/Segment Routing forwarding
  • An intelligent Data Plane Adaptation Layer (DPALTM)
  • Data model-driven telemetry for control plane, data plane, and device environmentals
  • Consistent YANG/OpenConfig/REST APIs for easy programmatic access

ArcOS’ architectural priorities included a modular micro-services paradigm, advanced Layer 3 routing capabilities and an open and standards based autonomous platform. Key elements include a hyper-performance resilient control plane, an intelligent Dataplane Adaptation Layer (DPAL), Data-Model Driven Telemetry and consistent YANG/OpenConfig APIs for easy programmatic access.

Will this new player make the different and brings changes in the networking area?

For sure the compoany seems strong: they have announced $15 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst, with participation from seed investor Clear Ventures.

And lot of people are involved.

Company advisors include Pankaj Patel, former EVP and CDO of Cisco; Amarjit Gill, serial entrepreneur who founded and sold companies to Apple, Broadcom, Cisco, EMC, Facebook, Google, and Intel; Kelly Ahuja, former SVP/GM Cisco Service Line Providers of Business and presently CEO of Versa; Fred Baker, former Cisco Fellow, IETF Chair and Co-Chair of the IPv6 Working Group; Randy Bush, Internet Hall of Fame, ex-VP of IP Networking of Verio (acquired by NTT); Farzad Nazem, former CTO of Yahoo; Rajiv Patel, ex-VP Engineering of Juniper; Jeff Tantsura, Internet Architecture Board and IETF Chair for Routing Working Group; Shawn Zandi, Director, Network Engineering at LinkedIn; and Nancy Lee, ex-VP of People at Google.

And Steve Herrod, Managing Director at General Catalyst, and Chris Rust, founder and General Partner of Clear Ventures have joined the board.