Alibaba, China’s largest cloud provider, to adopt Azure Cloud Switch SONiC platform

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Microsoft has announced today that Alibaba, sometimes called Asia’s Amazon and the largest cloud provider in China, will adopt the Microsoft-developed Software for Open Networking in the Cloud, previously called  Azure Cloud Switch.

SONiC is Linux-based open source software stack for networking switches designed to improve the performance of public cloud hardware at great scale. Applications that depend on SONiC-based infrastructure recover more quickly following downtime, according to Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president for Azure networking.

The software has been contributed to Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP) last year and is available on Github.

The announcement was made at the Open Networking Summit conference in Santa Clara, California, and because it runs on Linux can be used widely by the rest of the cloud services community.

Read more about the switch technology at Microsoft here.