Building a SONiC-Based Switch Product

Client Profile and Business Need

  • The Client is a US-based manufacturer of networking equipment and solutions specializing in telecommunications.
  • In its efforts to expand networking offering with market-relevant functionality to the data center space, the Client decided to build a switch product based on disaggregated architecture. Having validated the product idea with pre-selected buyers, the Client constructed a vision of the functionality to meet market needs for new data center network infrastructure.
  • For their software, the Client selected SONiC, the most popular and mature open network operating system for DC, based on Debian Linux.


  • The Client needed their custom NOS to remain as close to the community version as possible in order to minimize their upgrade efforts and eliminate any vendor lock-in of proprietary SONiC distributions.
  • The product development included selecting the best-fitting hardware platform and SONiC version, aligning the NOS with its market requirements and use cases, migrating it to a new open-source driven platform, and handling the migration project lifecycle in order to ensure the smooth launch and quality of the new product, accompanied by necessary support.

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  • How our Client obtained a full SONiC build, running on the best-matched platform with a feature set that meets end user needs;
  • The phases of developing a custom, hardened version of SONiC, as well as the deliverables and associated benefits our Client received;
  • How PLVision enabled high flexibility, transparency, and cost-effectiveness for the Client while developing the product based on open NOS.

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