We are pleased to announce that IP Infusion, a leading provider of network disaggregation solutions for telecom and data communications operators, has joined STORDIS’ #Back2Open Program. The #Back2Open Program supports Cumulus Linux users who are looking to switch back to another Open Networking Operating System (NOS), like IP Infusion’s OcNOS.

STORDIS initiated the #Back2Open Program to support Cumulus Linux users impacted by the fall out between Broadcom and Cumulus Linux, that followed the acquisition of Cumulus Linux by NVIDIA. Current Cumulus Linux users may find themselves without a clear path forward. #Back2Open was created by STORDIS to help these users migrate from their existing end-of-life platforms to a feature-rich and actively supported Open Networking Operating System (more information can be found here).

To kick-off this extended partnership we will hold a joint live webinar with IP Infusion on , where we will inform about:

  • Introduction to STORDIS’ #Back2Open Program for Cumulus Linux users
  • Introduction to IP Infusion’s use cases and their proven operating system OcNOS for Open Networking
  • Advantages of switching from Cumulus Linux to IP Infusion OcNOS
Additional information on the webinar and the possibility to register for the event can be found here.
We are really excited to see that a Partner as strong as IP Infusion has decided to join our #Back2Open Program to help our customers migrate back to Open Networking. With all of IP Infusion’s supported features and hardware compatibility with a wide range of open networking switches and routing platforms, Cumulus Users will be able to take their networks to the next level.

Łukasz Łukowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
STORDIS

Cumulus Linux users who need to migrate to open networking can count on IP Infusion. As a reliable and trusted provider of open network operating systems that offer rich features and a solid roadmap, IP Infusion delivers our OcNOS® products to the broad data center solutions for the Back2Open program. We are dedicated to helping to bring Cumulus Linux users back to their Open Networking path.

Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO
IP Infusion

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We are pleased to announce that we have signed a distribution agreement with BISDN.

This step allows us to extend our Network Operating System (NOS) portfolio with the free and open source BISDN Linux. The NOS itself is developed in Berlin by BISDN, a company focussing on whitebox switching and open networking solutions.

The latest BISDN Linux release 4.0 is based on the open embedded Yocto Dunfell Linux distribution and runs a mainline 5.10 kernel. Utilizing the Linux network stack, it can be configured with all the standard and well-known Linux tools. Therefore, it integrates seamlessly in any existing datacentre environment and plays well with all the network automation routines usually utilised just for servers.

STORDIS now offers #Open2Support SLA Program – an advanced HW (hardware) exchange for complete peace of mind to support your business whatever your requirement is.

STORDIS also offers an environmentally friendly approach by installing BISDN’s Linux Distribution software to disaggregated Networking Bare Metal Switches already in place, reducing your capital outlay by re-using existing hardware and also reducing your waste.

About BISDN

BISDN was founded in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, and set out to develop the software needed in the rapidly changing world of software defined networking. Based on long-standing experience in the area of telecommunication as well as datacenter networking, BISDN focusses on high-performance whitebox switching and open network software solutions. With BISDN Linux as the core of most of their products, BISDN aims to build the free and open SDN solutions needed for the future world of networking. For more information, visit https://www.bisdn.de

Having followed the development of BISDN for many years, I am proud that we have become the first Value Added Distributor of the first fully open-source Switch Operating System. If you like Linux and you want your network switch to be provisioned, configured and monitored the same way as a Linux Server then you will love this operating system. When paired with the option for an enterprise-grade support service, all the requirements to use this platform in a modern datacentre environment will have been fulfilled.

Waldemar Scheck, STORDIS
CEO

We were not the first to have the idea of using the Linux networking for whitebox switches, as this dates back to the early days of SDN. I believe, however, that we are the first to fully open source the controller and the OS underneath. This is the next logical step towards open networking.

Dr. Hagen Woesner, BISDN
CEO

We are glad to see BISDN contribute its Linux-based platform to the open-source community. Open Network Operating Systems are gaining in popularity and provide customers with flexibility and choice and will further accelerate the open network movement.

Matthew Roman, Edgecore Networks
VP Marketing and Product Management

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On August 17th, 2021 we held a very informative webinar together with our great partners Pica8 on our #Back2Open Program – our rescue program for stranded Cumulus Linux users. (Click here, if you want to learn, why certain Cumulus Linux Users will become stranded).

The live webinar was quite a success – admittedly with some small technical issues in the beginning. Despite that we had a great turnout and some very interested attendees with many great questions on Pica8 and the #Back2Open Program in general.

We once again would like to thank everyone that registered and attended for the great time and experience.

However if you were not able to attend the live webinar or have missed registering for it – do not worry: We have recorded the full webinar and uploaded it to our YouTube channel. You can check out the recorded webinar on YouTube or watch it directly below:

If you have any questions or want to learn more about #Back2Open, go ahead and check our #Back2Open Information page or get in touch with us.

Additional information as well as all the presentation documents can be found on the Live Webinar information page – feel free to check it out and share the documents with anyone that might be interested in it.

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We are pleased to announce that Pica8 has joined our #Back2Open Program.

STORDIS initiated the #Back2Open Program to support Cumulus Linux users impacted by the fall out between Broadcom and Cumulus Linux, that followed the acquisition of Cumulus Linux by NVIDIA (more information can be found here).

#Back2Open is our mission to help everyone affected by this Cumulus Linux situation, to easily switch back to a supported Open Networking NOS and bring them back on their Open Networking path, that they had initially chosen. Pica8 have recognised the importance of this mission and are the first partner to sign up for the #Back2Open Program.

#Back2Open future-proofs the users’ networks by migrating the users’ current, soon-to-be outdated, Cumulus Linux platform to a new, actively supported and maintained Open Networking operating system (NOS), like Pica8’s PicOS.

To kick-off this extended partnership we will hold a joint live webinar with Pica8 on August 17th 2021, titled “#Back2Open Migrates Cumulus Linux Users to Pica8”, where we will inform about:

  • Introduction to STORDIS’ #Back2Open Program for stranded Cumulus Linux users
  • Introduction to Pica8’s open networking software: AmpCon Controller and PicOS Software Switches
  • Advantages of switching from Cumulus Linux to Pica8
Additional information on the webinar and the possibility to register for the event can be found here.

Our customers want the flexibility to select the best software and hardware independently from one another. #Back2Open is our Mission to help everyone impacted by the Cumulus Linux situation, to easily switch back to a supported Open Networking NOS and bring them back onto the Open Networking path that they had initially chosen. Pica8 with all the latest new features and strong industry position is the right choice.

Łukasz Łukowski, STORDIS
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

As an independent software vendor, Pica8 is committed to allowing customers their choice of hardware. Our partnership with STORDIS welcomes Cumulus Linux customers onto our AmpCon Controller and PicOS Software Switches to future proof their white box strategies.

James Liao, Pica8
Founder and CEO

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We are happy to be able to introduce to you our #Back2Open Program for stranded Cumulus Linux users! Make the switch back to an actively supported and maintained Open Network Operating System (NOS) now – with a free NOS software license*.

Some background information: You have probably heard the news by now that Cumulus Linux and Broadcom are parting ways, after NVIDIA acquired Cumulus Linux.

This development has a major impact on anyone that is using a combination of Cumulus Linux with a network switch that is powered by a Broadcom ASIC and will require some form of action to avoid that negative impact.

Our #Back2Open Program was initiated for exactly that reason: We will help you switch from Cumulus Linux back to an actively maintained and supported Open Networking OS (NOS) – with a free NOS license*.
*Only the software support would need to be acquired.

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This 7-minute snippet from the 260th Packet Pushers Network Break podcast features Pica8’s Threshold architecture and AmpCon automation framework. It provides a quick overview of the features and puts it into perspective with other available options like Cisco’s DNA Centre. Enjoy listening and make sure to visit www.packetpushers.net for more networking insights.

Packet Pushers’ 260th Network Break takes a look at Pica8’s recently launched campus architecture Threshold™, including the automation framework AmpConTM to manage deployment, configuration, security and operational tasks within disaggregated enterprise network environments. Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro from Packet Pushers and their guest, Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC, are evaluating the capabilities of the open networking management platform in regards to usability, automation and pricing.

You can listen to the part on Pica8’s Threshold™ here:

 

If you would like to know more about Pica8, PICOS, and how Open Networking can help your company, then please contact us at enquiries@stordis.com

You will find the entire podcast episode at Packet Pushers.

About Packet Pushers

Packet Pushers is an independent community of IT practitioners and vendors who provide comprehensive content covering networking, data center design, virtualization, and general technology trends through different formats. The community is primarily built around a successful podcast, but they also operate a blog, a newsletter and a forum to share practical and technical information and evaluation. A major part of the work relies on sponsorship, enabling the members to perform essential research and ensure valuable and high-grade content.


Disclaimer: Please note that this podcast is not the property of STORDIS and we are therefore not liable for the expressed opinions. The podcast ‘Network Break 260: Pica8 Launches Campus Automation Framework; VMware Adds IPS To NSX’ is the property of Packet Pushers. STORDIS was not involved in the production of this podcast. The podcast was published initially by Packet Pushers on November 12th, 2019.

Pica8’s senior vice president of marketing, Jeff Paine, provided STORDIS with a detailed introduction to their AmpCon™ automation framework, which is integrated in the recently launched end-to-end open networking architecture Threshold™.

 

Back in very early 2012, Palo Alto, California-based Pica8 kick-started the open networking revolution when it shipped the world’s first Linux-based network operating system (NOS), called PICOS®, on a disaggregated bare-metal white box switch.  Since then, Pica8 has grown its market to thousands of customers across the globe, and, with the launch of the AmpConTMautomation framework, the company’s PICOS software has left its “NOS-on-a-box” roots to mature into a complete white box networking solution for enterprise campus and access networks of any size.  Now a PICOS-powered white box solution includes:

 

  • A centralized, single point of management
  • Automated deployment, configuration, monitoring, alerting and lifecycle management
  • GUI-based network-level system view
  • CLI-based switch-level management/control
  •  Centralized data collection for analytics/visibility

 

AmpCon – short for “Amplified Control” – is the world’s first, and only, automation framework that can deploy, configure and manage an entire enterprise network of white box switches.  As such, it creates the very first alternative that any enterprise has ever had to using the expensive automation solutions that they get from their traditional legacy networking vendors. Even better, to make sure that AmpCon delivers the full open networking value proposition, it is deliberately priced at a literal fraction of the cost of its legacy competitors, such as Cisco DNA Center.

 

In a 100-access-switch deployment scenario, for example, AmpCon would typically be priced at less than the sales tax of its Cisco DNA Center comparable solution.  What’s more, AmpCon is far, far easier to use.  So easy, in fact, that an intern with zero network programming experience can use AmpCon’s Quick-Start Mode to turn on and successfully configure thousands of white box switches at the push of a button.  And, unlike Cisco, AmpCon can either run on premises or in a public cloud (at no additional cost), and the AmpCon license has no limits to either the number of connected devices or the number of users.

 

AmpCon executes ZTP – zero touch provisioning via a GUI for white box switch provisioning.  It takes care of all Day 0 tasks – new switch turn-on, image load, switch config, license DB update, and so on – and Day 1 tasks, such as configuration validation, commit, rollback, and inventory.  AmpCon also manages security and operational tasks, including global/regional configurations, compliance, remediation, license maintenance, RMA, status monitoring, role-based access control (RBAC), as well as offering configurable security controls.

 

AmpCon offers particular value to customers, such as schools/colleges/universities and government agencies that have multiple locations but limited networking staff resources. PICOS and AmpCon are, of course, fully backwards-compatible, so Pica8 white box open networks can be incrementally deployed in existing networks as budgets and staff permit.

 

Pica8 and STORDIS

 

Global hardware and software support is also provided in a Pica8-powered white box network. Pica8’s key regional partners, such as STORDIS in Germany, will typically be the first line of support, with software issues escalated, if necessary, to Pica8’s global 24×7 support staff and hardware issues escalated to the white box manufacturers, again, on a 24×7 basis. 

 

To get more information on Pica8’s new AmpCon solution, please visit https://www.pica8.com/open-access-network-automation/or the company’s home page at www.pica8.com

 

This article was provided to STORDIS by Jeff Paine, senior vice president of marketing at Pica8.

Another one to add to the list! – Pica8 successfully ported their famous PICOS® Enterprise Edition on Edgecore Networks‘ 100GbE high-performance data center switch AS7616-64X. This is great news for all network engineers as more and more Open Networking configurations become available.

The next thing to happen is our experts testing this particular configuration in our R&D facility STORDIS LABS to verify the compatibility and to provide set-up documentations and support services for our customers.

STORDIS can help you find your best Open Networking solution by offering tailor-made services such as consultancy, hardware sourcing, software installation, on-site deployment and professional support. By the way – did you know that you can get remote access to our STORDIS LABS in Germany and the UK for your very own testing? We also send out sample products for onsite testing, if available. Just get in touch with us for further information.

For all who are not familiar with PICOS® or the Edgecore AS7816-64X, I added some information down below. Some content is taken from the official websites of Pica8 and Edgecore and I do not claim ownership of it*.

PICOS® Enterprise Edition from Pica8

The PICOS® enterprise edition offers the most comprehensive support for enterprise features on the market and includes the Debian Linux distribution – with an unmodified kernel for maximum DevOps programmability – L2/L3 switching and routing; and full support for Pica8´s revolutionary CrossFlow™ capability. Only PICOS® Enterprise Edition can control every switch port in a network using both L2/L3 protocols and OpenFlow at the same time. CrossFlow, which is only available from Pica8, tightly couples the L2/L3 and classic SDN control planes to give network operators real-time, non-disruptive control of their enterprise applications, deep and dynamic traffic monitoring, and even attack mitigation without interrupting flow processing or requiring switch restarts. Over 1,000 customers in 40+ countries – and counting – have already deployed Pica8´s open standards-based Network Operating System to solve some of the world´s toughest next-generation networking problems.

Edgecore AS7816-64X

The Edgecore AS7816-64X is a Top-of-Rack (TOR) or spine switch for high-performance data centers. The switch provides line-rate L2 and L3 switching across 64 x QSFP28 ports, each supporting 1 x 100GbE or 1x 40 GbE, or via breakout cables 4 x 25GbE or 4 x 10GbE. The AS7816-64X can be deployed as a TOR switch supporting 10/25 GbE to servers with 40/100 GbE uplinks, or as a spine switch supporting 40/100GbE spine interconnects. This open network switch is loaded with the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), which supports the installation of compatible Network Operating System software.

Edgecore Networks is market-leading in the open networking industry providing a full line of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE open and OCP switches that offer choice of NOS and SDN software for data center, telecommunications, and enterprise network use cases. Edgecore Networks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading network ODM.

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*Official Pica8 website: www.pica8.com | Official Edgecore Networks website: https://www.edge-core.com

Arun Paneri runs you through the Noviflow products and the Noviflow Switch Operating System (NOS) shown at the IBC2018 at the STORDIS stand.