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.