The best open source networking software: 2010

InfoWorld's Test Center picks the top open source networking software and administration tools of 2010

By Doug Dineley, James R. Borck, Martin Heller, Paul Venezia, High Mobley, InfoWorld |  Open Source, NAS, network monitoring

Bossie 2010 winner: Vyatta

Vyatta is a software-based, open source, network operating system that can be ported to standard x86 hardware, as well as to common virtualization and cloud computing platforms. The amazingly useful Vyatta Core distribution provides the features necessary for most basic networking tasks: IP services, NAT, LAN interfaces, WAN interfaces, encapsulations, tunneling, routing, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, and filtering. Vyatta Core does not include access to TACACS+, client access to an OpenVPN Access server, or serial communications, and it is not supported; these features are available in Vyatta's subscription edition.

License: Open core

The Bossies 2010 index:
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source software of the year
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source applications
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source application development software
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source platforms and middleware
Bossie Awards 2010: The best open source networking software

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