3Com has announced 3Com Open Services Networking (3Com OSN), the first step in the company's strategy to differentiate its secure, converged network solutions through an open, interoperable architecture. 

3Com OSN challenges how networks are built by enabling a rich and diverse set of third-party, open source and 3Com applications and services to run seamlessly inside the network infrastructure.
"A significant focus of our technology strategy revolves around leveraging best-of-breed technology and open source applications to differentiate our networking solutions through innovation. OSN represents the foundation for that strategy and our future initiatives," says Edgar Masri, 3Com's president and CEO.
"OSN combines 3Com's vision for next-generation networking solutions with H3C's pioneering R&D and cost-effective manufacturing capabilities. It has the ability to drive a significant change in the networking landscape towards open, flexible multi-vendor integration."
OSN offers users flexibility and choice by enabling managed service providers and system integrators to differentiate their service offerings with third party, internally developed or open source applications to meet customers' changing.
It will also allow providers to quickly and cost-effectively test-market new applications and solutions, creating new business models such as "try and buy" service offerings that let customers sample a new application or service on a trial basis before purchasing.
OSN is an integrated extension of 3Com's bi-planar model.