On Monday, a tiny startup called SnapRoute is expected to make a startling announcement.
It is swooping in and taking over technical leadership on a project called OpenSwitch that was formerly created and spearheaded by IT giant Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
HP is not leaving the project but will continue to be a member, a HP spokesperson tells us.
Yet people close to the project are calling this a major coup for SnapRoute.
"OpenSwitch has been decimated," said one person familiar with the situation. "HP killed OpenSwitch. SnapRoute is taking it over."
OpenSwitch is an effort to take on market leader Cisco by creating an open-source Linux-based network switch. It's part of a broader trend of companies doing similar work, including startups like Cumulus Networks, Pluribus Networks, and SnapRoute.
The launch of OpenSwitch was greeted