Although hybrid networks with on-premises and cloud installations are common today, virtual and cloud router offerings from traditional vendors are still expensive and accessible only to enterprises. Set to mitigate these challenges and provide businesses with best-in-breed networking solutions is VyOS. This Barcelonabased leading open-source software firm drastically changes how organizations access networks in a way that benefits them and helps them build solutions without limitations or prohibitive costs with its open-source software and virtual platforms. "We believe that internet access is as vital to our human development as air, food, water, and healthcare," says Yuriy Andamasov, the Co-founder and CEO of VyOS".
Building on a Strong Legacy
VyOS finds its roots in Vyatta Core, a discontinued open-source enterprise-grade router product. Established in 2013 as a community fork of Vyatta, the project has always been focusing on upholding free and open-source software values. Adhering to this mission for almost a decade, VyOS has now evolved into a successful company that brings a paradigm shift in the way organizations access networks through its universal router and open-source software.
Today, VyOS is recognized as a fully open-source network OS that offers a wide array of features for any network — from small businesses to Internet service providers. “We provide advanced networking capabilities and a universal router at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions through our open-source software and virtual platforms,” says Andamasov. “Organizations can attain the reliability and user experience of traditional hardware routers across all platforms, including small boards, large servers, virtualization platforms, and multiple clouds by leveraging our solution-stack.”
Bridging the Gap in Networking
The architecture and design of VyOS is a joint effort of network engineers and software developers. To network engineers familiar with traditional hardware routers, VyOS offers a consistent command-line interface, built-in configuration versioning and archiving, and reversible image upgrades. To developers who want to extend VyOS or integrate it into a larger solution, the company offers a stable internal API and image build tools so that users can easily add new features and maintain custom images. VyOS also outruns its competition by offering more VPN protocols and a wide range of routing and network security features, including dynamic routing protocols and zone-based firewalls.
Another aspect that makes VyOS unique is that it’s completely unbundled from any hardware or software platforms. By providing customers with subscriptions and cloud packs, it enables them to deploy unlimited instances for a flat, predictable fee. More importantly, the solution never limits the number of users or tunnels — the only limit is their hardware capacity — and it continues to work even if clients’ subscription expires. Furthermore, VyOS provides access to precompiled, ready-to-use VyOS long-term support release images on a subscription basis. For managed service providers who want to use VyOS as a part of their solution or build custom solutions on top of it, the company offers comprehensive developer support and training. With such powerful capabilities, VyOS' system can be easily integrated with most proprietary vendors, including Dell, Edgecore, Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, and more.
A Reliable Dell Partner
VyOS serves as a reliable partner of Dell that can drastically add value to its proprietary solution stack. "By combining VyOS with Dell’s exceptional hardware, we can create a strong foundation for designing a throughput network. Additionally, we can add new features to their solution and open a plethora of opportunities for clients’ infrastructure,” says Daniil Baturin, the Co-founder and Lead Architect of VyOS. This way, the company significantly widens the scope of their capabilities, from repurposing current hardware to quickly scaling and provisioning services in network management.
For instance, the integration of VyOS with Dell VEP devices — which offers a great cost/benefit ratio — makes an excellent router for small and medium-sized companies.
In Focus: Customer-Centricity
With transparency and shared ownership embedded in its business model, VyOS is always open to community participation. In fact, several of VyOS’ features were first developed by community members or in close cooperation with them. “It’s a network OS designed by people who actually set up and manage networks,” adds Andamasov. Other features were developed by request from customers, many of whom participated in every stage from initial design to testing.
Thanks to the combination of technical capabilities, a customerfocused approach, and first-class technical support, VyOS earned the trust of many companies of all sizes in diverse fields: cloud services including Shopify and VMware, universities, enterprises, and nonprofit organizations. Some organizations recommend VyOS for accessing their networks and services: for example, the the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office includes VyOS in their manual for connecting to their network.
We provide advanced networking capabilities and a universal router at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions through our open-source software and virtual platforms
Being able to support multiple VPNs and routing protocols and running on pretty much every platform, VyOS serves as a natural fit for most enterprise environments. Ultimately VyOS provides enterprise companies with affordable network functionalities when they need it most. “We pride ourselves on helping organizations maintain reliable network accessibility during the pandemic,” says Andamasov.
As a customer-first company, VyOS is always open, transparent, and upfront with customers and provides products that best suit their needs. While most customers choose VyOS for high-security, high-assurance installations, managed service providers admire its customization and automation capabilities. “We are quite popular with cloud platform users and Microsoft recognized us and granted a Co- Sell Ready status. We also have partnership agreements with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud, and plan to support all clouds on demand,” says Baturin. Identifying that internet access is a key element that drives human development, VyOS also offers free subscriptions to non-profits, first responders, educational institutions, and other essential workers.
Innovating for a Better Future
Dedicated to building a future with uninterrupted connectivity, VyOS has several plans in its pipeline. The company actively participates in the open-source networking ecosystem, which helps VyOS understand new developments in the space and contribute back. Most recently, VyOS added support for running applications on VyOS in containers using Podman to its portfolio. This allows users to add new functionalities without rebuilding VyOS images and integrating the configuration interface. A lot of the company’s R&D is focused on future controller appliances for managing large-scale VyOS installations. The company is also improving its configuration backend to enhance the way it builds software appliances. Aiming to better serve its clients, VyOS is planning to incorporate AI to network monitoring and troubleshooting and blockchain for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) advertisement authentication as an alternative to Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI).
VyOS is extending its footprint in the Asia-Pacific region while continuing to attract new customers from North American and European markets, where it already has a stronghold. The company is also planning to set up a non-profit organization, VyOS Foundation, to allow people and organizations to participate in project governance. “We always want to be the early adopters of game-changing technologies to help clients identify and solve problem before they start to carve into their core. Now, we’re working on new VyOS versions, adding new features, and preparing ourselves for the next LTS release, version 1.3, which is planned towards the end of August 2021.”