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NS1 Labs: Building the Network of the Future

Here at NS1, we don’t rest on our laurels or follow the crowd. We’re always looking ahead to the next wave of transformation, anticipating and driving the future of networks. NS1 Labs is where we test the limits - of our own products, of new ideas, of how networks operate.

NS1 Labs Focus Areas

Researching Experimental Concepts

We continually research, develop and test new foundational technologies and functionality so that NS1 and the industry can solve the evolving challenges of supporting the connected economy.

Sharing Industry Expertise

We believe the industry and technology insights we gain from our research can benefit the entire industry. That’s why one of our core areas of focus is speaking at events, creating reports and sharing our research with the world.

Creating a Vision for the Future of the Industry

Our industry is evolving rapidly to keep up with the demands of our connected world. Our labs team looks to the future of the industry and investigates future technologies so we can create new solutions for the challenges of the future.

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Open Source Projects

NS1 contributes to and leads several open source projects to help advance the industry

Orb Edge Observability

Orb offers lightweight observability that thrives in the resource-constrained environment of the network edge. Its “small data” approach delivers actionable insights fast, at a far lower operating cost than traditional data analysis tools. NS1 offers Orb as a free, open-source SaaS offering or as an add-on to our platform. You can also learn more by visiting the GitHub site.



An observability agent designed for the network edge - a companion piece for Orb.



A lightweight, fast, configurable tool for functional testing, benchmarking, and stress testing DNS servers and networks.

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DNS-over-QUIC to UDP Proxy

Experimental proxy to convert DNS-over-QUIC DNS queries into standard UDP DNS queries.


Build Open Source Projects With NS1

Visit our Docker repository to download our open source tools.

Recent Articles

A Wave of Open Source Innovation at NS1 Labs with Orb and NetBox

Learn more about some of the exciting developments and investments we've made at NS1 Labs.

Orb - A New Paradigm for Dynamic Edge Observability

Learn more about Orb and pktvisor, two open source technologies developed by NS1 Labs that align with our vision for the future of application and audience connectivity.

NetBox - Network Automation and Infrastructure Management Powerhouse

A key focus for the NS1 Labs team is our investment in NetBox, the popular open source platform for modern network automation and infrastructure resource management.

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