STORDIS is excited to announce the release of Monsoon – A data visualization and monitoring solution for SONiC. 

Monsoon is an easy-to-use and affordable network monitoring exporter, that monitors network devices such as routers and switches that are running the SONiC Network Operating System.

Via continuous monitoring of the network, Monsoon gives you in-depth visibility and control.

This will allow you to: 

  • easily find root causes of a fault and allow you to take action before your operations are affected. 
  • test the network to see how it performs to understand the network’s bandwidth and better allocate resources. 
  • identify sudden spikes in traffic levels to reduce downtime. 
  • monitor IP assets and ensure smooth performance. 

Monsoon fully supports Prometheus and Grafana, allowing you to create custom dashboards so you can monitor the various parameters that are crucial to your network. We even have a default dashboard available to use straight away! 

Monsoon is available from our GitHub site here: https://github.com/STORDIS/monsoon/, with full instructions on how to download and install the software. 

Try now #MONSOON – the best open-source network monitoring exporter for SONiC!

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Stuttgart, Germany – September 12th, 2022  – STORDIS – The Open Networking Expert – brings Enterprise to the SONiC NOS, providing a ruggedised and enhanced version of the open source software, along with Open2Support, their Professional Support Service. These new services compliment the already extensive range of offerings that STORDIS provides, including training, testing, consultancy and laboratory environments.

Enterprise SONiC distribution is a commercially supported offering based on open source SONiC with feature enrichment and hardening – targeted for campus, enterprise and cloud-level large-scale data center network environments. 

It supports ODM and OEM platforms based on the StrataXGS® family of silicon from Broadcom including 400G Trident4 and coming soon Tomahawk 4 and 5.

SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is an open source software with a strong community revolutionizing and opening network to large scale data center, cloud and campus operators. The unique design enables system integrators and operators to flexibly enhance their network by adding their own software tools to improve and simplify their overall network fabric and performance. With a rich and growing ecosystem of hardware and software vendors, SONiC offers full independence to anyone who is open to becoming more open. Paired with commercial support services form STORDIS, it´s the best fit for any productive 24×7 environments.

Being in the Open Networking field since day one, I´m more than pleased to see the development going more and more towards a proven model with Enterprise services, which we well know from Linux. SONiC is closing the gap between open source and a hardened and commercially proven Network Switch Operating System solution and it enables us to build trusted, long-term relationships with our customers and keep on delivering new innovation by adding software additions. One  example of this is Deutsche Telekom Technik GmbH, who chose Enterprise SONiC for their first iteration of a network fabric for bare-metal Kubernetes based on switches from Edgecore Networks with StrataXGS switching ASIC to shorten time-to-production, get needed robustness, enterprise features and support in a very efficient way” – 

Waldemar Scheck, CEO, STORDIS

“We are pleased to work with STORDIS to extend the SONiC initiative, by enabling it on Broadcom’s StrataXGS switching silicon. SONiC distribution, STORDIS’s 24 x 7 service, and white box switches built on Broadcom’s routing and switching silicon are a powerful combination for data center and campus applications.”

Hasan Siraj,  Head of Software Products/Ecosystem, Broadcom

“As a technical university, we are committed to solutions that we can adjust ourselves. For the rebuilding of our data center and campus infrastructure we enthusiastically embraced the option of moving to open networking with Edgecore and SONiC, especially as SONiC is a NOS which is based on the same operating system that we use with our current servers. STORDIS has been a reliable (and knowledgeable) partner during the rebuilding of our network. Much more than just a hardware retailer, we appreciate the support they have given and their strength to stand behind the products they offer.” 

Dr. Michael Hummel, Head of IT Management University of Applied Sciences, Technical Centre Vienna

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Enjoy blazing fast speeds on all your connected devices and say goodbye to buffering and lags!!!

Meet the Edgecore WiFi 6 – Indoor Access Points!

➡️ EAP101

➡️ EAP102

Edgecore Networks Corporation Networks Wi-Fi 6 #APs provide you with the ultimate speeds and capacity that you need for now and the future.

With Wi-Fi 6 #technology, the AP can deliver ultra-fast speed with low latency and can connect to more devices to provide high-density connectivity, and are 100% backward compatible with older Wi-Fi devices.

Furthermore, the APs support OpenMesh, OpenRoaming, Bluetooth Low Energy & ZigBee for IoT applications. Plus, you can experience quick set-up and easy management using Edgecore ecCLOUD or NetExperience.

Edgecore #WiFi6 APs are perfect for any high-density or performance-critical scenarios such as:

➡️ Small and Medium Enterprise
➡️ Enterprise
➡️ Carrier
➡️ or any other #highdensity environments

LMITED OFFER! Buy OpenWIFI APs devices under NFS DISCOUNT!!!*

Please keep in mind that we do have #APs in stock, which could be allocated to your projects.

Check the full product portfolio and get your quote today 👉: https://stordirect.com/product-category/wi-fi/

*NFS offer limited up to 3 units per model (EAP101, EAP102 or SP-W2-AC1200 (WiFi5)) per Customer.

Stuttgart’s days of fun!

We are not a typical team...

We are spread all over the world, so a chance to meet face to face we decided to squeeze to the maximum, like a lemon!

After the colleagues’ journey from Poland and the UK to the Stuttgart office, we had a moment of rest and met with Waldemar Scheck, our Chief Executive Officer.

Here, we focused on innovation and one-on-one meetings to build long-term relationships with the employees who work in Poland and the UK. And later... it only got better!

After kicking it off with an informative company presentation on STORDIS’ past and future and what great goals we achieved this year already, a joint cooking session was on the schedule.

We split up into smaller teams and worked on creating a 3-course meal for us to enjoy later that evening:

We disappeared behind the kitchen pots and cooked together for more than an hour, frying up more than just one common German/Swabian dish!

The next day we toured around Stuttgart together on an interesting “Schnitzeljagd” (scavenger hunt), organized for the team by our own apprentices.

During this scanenger hunt we saw quite a few of Stuttgart's highlights:

  • The world's very first television tower: 60 years old…, 217 meters high…
  • Impressive Johanneskirche protestant church at Feuersee ("Fire Lake")
  • Stuttgarter Rathaus: Stuttgart’s City Hall
  • The historic market hall - best foodie spot
  • Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz, the city’s “Palace Square”: a meeting point for young and old

These were days full of shared conversations, plans for the future of our company, full of laughter and delicious food.

Thank you team!

New Product Launch!!!

STORDIS officially announces the launch of #Switch2Open new series of products. Switch2Open is STORDIS’ brand of approved and tested transmission and interconnect products, complementing the existing Open Networking Switch and SmartNIC Hardware, to provide fully qualified solutions.

➡️ Transceivers

➡️ Direct Attach Copper Cables (DAC)

➡️ Fiber-Optic Cables

STORDIS' engineers are extensively testing the Switch2Open interconnect products against multiple Open Networking Hardware platforms, in combination with various derivates of Open Networking Software, to ensure functionality, performance and the best interoperability.

Currently offering:
  • SFP/SFP+/SFP28 Transceivers
  • QSFP+/QSFP28/QSFP-DD Transceivers
  • 10/25G Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs)
  • 40/100G Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs)
  • 40/100G to 4× 10/25G Breakout Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs)
  • OM4 Multimode Fiber-Optic Cables
  • OS2 Singlemode Fiber-Optic Cables

We're committed to quality and believe that we can offer peace of mind to you by providing safe and certified open networking equipment and delivering premium-quality services.

Follow the link for more details about the product portfolio and get your quote today.

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To fully use the power of P4 Switches like the Tofino2 (DCS810) a bit of work is required.

The process of getting your P4 switch ready to run applications can be quite time consuming, especially if you haven’t done it before.

Therefore to speed the process up and save your valuable time, we recently introduced our SwitchON P4 Service.

As a sign of our commitment to you and the P4 community, we are running a limited offering!

We are providing the SwitchON P4 service FREE OF CHARGE for the first 20 customers that purchase a Tofino 2 (DCS810) system with us.

Purchase a Tofino 2 system now and our knowledged P4 trainer will spend 3 HOURS together with you and run you through the process STEP BY STEP!

And since we have the DCS810 in stock, ready to ship, you will be able to play around with your first P4 applications in no time!

SwitchON P4 main features:
  • Un-boxing and checking parts
  • Racking and connecting
  • Console connection and first start up
  • Building the Barefoot SDE
  • bf_switchd startup
  • Compiling and running a P4 test application

This limited-time offer is available for the first 20 systems only.

Hurry up and order the new 32 X 400G Tofino 2 platform!

Additional STORDIS Products

We also would like to mention the availability of the CREDO HiWire SHIFT AEC, 400G QSFP-DD to 4x 100G QSFP28 Active Electrical Cable, which is the perfect accessory to break out those 400G QSFP-DD ports into 4x100G QSFP28 ports, to connect your switches.

On July 7th, 2022 we held a very informative webinar together with our partners from NetExperience!

During this webinar, we were discussing how to lower the cost and increase the security of supply for Wi-Fi deployments using TIP OpenWiFi.

NetExperience, in partnership with Telecom Infra Project offers the first end-to-end WLAN software and service compatible with Open Wi-Fi.

Service Providers, MSPs and Enterprise IT teams increase the quality of experience and reduce cost with Telecom Infra Project’s Open Wi-Fi by combining disaggregated multi-vendor hardware, enterprise Cloud WLAN controller, management, automation analytics and backed by a strong ecosystem.

The live webinar was quite a success – it provided an opportunity for people to ask questions and get answers in real-time.

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 NetExperience, go ahead and check this Page 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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As time progresses, more and more innovative products are needed. The best example of the innovation at hand these days is the Intel®Tofino™ ASIC. With massive bandwidth and an increase in data availability, Intel®Tofino™ is just the thing you need. After all, who doesn't want flexibility and reliability in the DC Infrastructure?

Why don't you take a deeper dive into the Intel®Tofino™ technology? Here's everything you need to know!

Whitebox Switches: Fixed vs Programmable ASICS

ASICs are specifically designed for the special transmission of any kind of network traffic. Nowadays, two variants of ASICs are available; fixed and programmable, providing you with a number of options and possibilities.

The main difference between the two ASIC options is flexibility and adaptation. The fixed ASIC switch is the traditional approach which comes with a pre-defined data plane function structure and has a limited ability to manipulate the packet processing.

But what about the programmable ASIC switch? Are they the ones who can adapt to your needs by providing the flexibility required to establish your own or application-specific parameters? Definitely.

Programmable ASICs are the ones that offer methods to define the data plane functionality in a flexible way, using open source programming languages such as P4. This customizable pipeline or packet processing engine can be programmed according to your requirements. You can program the processing in innovative ways to make it compatible with any standard or non-standard Ethernet type. Furthermore, you benefit in getting the ability to build protocol specific extensions without the need to replace the switch ASIC by a new generation, as you would need to do it with a fixed function ASIC approach.

What is Intel®Tofino™ ASIC? Is it programmable?

What do programmable switches have to do with Intel®Tofino™ ? You will find that out in just a minute or two!

If you talk about Intel®Tofino™, it is a programmable switch ASIC that is based on a model called PISA (protocol-independent switch architecture) and allows you various opportunities that are otherwise not possible with fixed pipeline-based switches. At the same time, they provide you with full-fledged performance with your device so that it can reach its full potential.

Intel®Tofino™ provides you with bandwidth up to 400GbE speed per port today with a roadmap exceeding the current level by multiple factors. Diving into it deeper, it's important to understand that Intel®Tofino™ is programmable via the Open Source Programming Language called P4. This language was designed to program any kind of network device (switches, NICs, routers, etc.) and gives you the ability to control how packets are processed through your device.

Last but surely not least, to give you an interesting example, you are capable of defining your own process to identify bottlenecks within your network and tune it in an automatic AI fashion. You can also export flow-specific metadata information to external apps to in-depth analyze specific things.

Intel®Tofino™ – How It Started?

When you have a breakthrough technology such as Intel®Tofino™, you often wonder who were the genius people creating such an innovation. This revolutionary fabric processor was created and proposed by Barefoot Networks in 2013 under the co-founder's Nick McKeown, Martin Izzard, Pat Bosshart, and Stefanos Sidiropoulos. At that time, the ASIC was already running at up to 6.5 Tbit/s. After its massive success, it was purchased by none other than Intel® in 2019, where it got even more recognition, and this is what that technology deserves.

Data Center of the Future with Intel®Tofino™

Different organizations and different people propose a variety of structures for the data centers of the future. It is surely a topic worthy of debate, and each brings forward the framework that suits best for him.

However, according to Intel®, the data center of the future will be derived from Intel®Tofino™ and P4. They believe that the data center of the future will be many times more efficient and beneficial than they are now.

It can be explained by measuring the needs for the future. Present-day data centers are complicated, mixed up, have security issues, and have no way of creating an application-optimized forwarding with AI methods. All these complications will be solved by Intel®Tofino™'s ability to be programmed. Let's discuss a scenario in which you are using a fixed switch. You used it for VXLAN, but now you want IPL routing or MPLS. You cannot use a fixed switch as it does not come with much flexibility. But on the other hand, if you deploy a programmable switch, you can program each stage in different ways.

Intel®Tofino™ Generations

If you believe that Intel®Tofino™ has only one generation, you need to think again! Does innovation stop updating if it's successful? A big no!

Before Intel®Tofino™ was handed over to the Intel® group, it had already proposed the other generations of Intel, namely Intel®Tofino™ 1, Intel®Tofino™ 2 and Intel®Tofino™ 3. The third generation is soon to be published and launched in 2022.

Intel®Tofino™ 1 vs. Intel®Tofino™ 2 vs. Intel®Tofino™ 3

As for the three generations of Intel®Tofino™, it is understandable that they will have different strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, they have different purposes and usability. The speed of the Intel®Tofino™ Generations is 25 Gbps, 56 Gbps, and 112 Gbps, respectively.


Intel®Tofino™ 1 supported only up to 100 Gb of port speed. But as for the other two generations, they can offer up to 400 Gb and level 2 schedulers. The only significant differences between the second and third-generation Intel®Tofino™ is the increase of resources, improved number of pipelines and a throughput bandwidth of 25.6 Tb.

Advantages of Intel®Tofino™

The advantages and uses of Intel®Tofino™ are immaculate. It´s hard to list all benefits the product can provide. However, some of the main benefits are worth highlighting. Real time in-band telemetry becomes a lot easier with the help of Intel®Tofino™. Adding metadata information to the packet processing creates a lot of options to monitor the network in-depth. Thus, opening many gates for more research.

One of the crucial parts of data centers is the load balancers. They are used in almost every data center, and they regulate the traffic that comes into data centers. However, Intel®Tofino™ can exclude the need for load balancers from the data centers altogether by acting as load balancers themselves.

The greatest benefit of Intel®Tofino™ ASIC switches is that they open the gates for many other opportunities. It acts as a platform for many other options and applications. Moreover, they are designed in a way that they require less power and space, making them the perfect switches to deploy. It can be safely said that Intel®Tofino™ has great potential to evolve in the future and provide endless possibilities with a little more effort and time.

If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to drop us a message. We'll be sure to contact you as soon as we can! After all, your contentment is our greatest responsibility.

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We are happy to announce that we have the Edgecore 400GbE Tofino2 switch DCS810 (AS9516-32D) in stock, ready to be shipped at any time!

This P4 Programmable switch is an ultimate tool for everyone, who wants to take full control of the network stack, including but not limited to the processing of all packets as per your own definition.

Features:
  • Protocol-independent switch architecture (PISA) with a P4 Programmable Quad Pipeline design (20 Stages)
  • Switching Capacity of 12.8Tbit in 32 x 400Gbit QSFP-DD Ports
  • Multi-rate support through breakout (4 x 100G, 8 x 50G, 16 x 25G as well as 40G and 10G)
  • Compile your P4 applications faster with a Intel D-1517 CPU providing higher bandwidth between the Data Plane and Control Plane
What can I do with it and where does it fit?
  • Machine and Deep learning network fabrics
  • Create own logic in switching and routing (aggregation, balancing, …)
  • Advanced monitoring INT (In-band Network telemetry) of line-rate traffic, latency, errors and mission critical data streams
  • Build mechanism to secure your network and prevent attacks (DDoS etc.)
  • 5G and 6G architectures

Those are just a few examples of a very flexible and programmable switch platform. You can also pair the system with an existing NOS providing L2 switching and L3 routing services and run it in your Datacenter, leaving the future option to implement your own packet processing applications.

If you want us to allocate any of the stocked DCS810 switches to current or near future projects, then please feel free to reach out to us.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Additional STORDIS Services & Products

As a part of our commitment, we recently started out “SwitchON P4” service. It is designed to guide you through the initial set-up and bring the system into a state, to run own P4 applications. Whatever you are trying to achieve, we are keen to help and support you in getting there.

We also would like to mention the availability of the CREDO HiWire SHIFT AEC, 400G QSFP-DD to 4x 100G QSFP28 Active Electrical Cable, which is the perfect accessory to break out those 400G QSFP-DD ports into 4x100G QSFP28 ports, to connect your switches.

On May 19th, 2022 we held a very informative webinar together with our partners from CREDO! 

During this webinar, we were discussing the CREDO’s HiWire SWITCH AEC – Enabling Simpler, Faster, and More Reliable Dual TOR Connectivity. Additionally, Upstream NOS Support and SONiC Integration!

The live webinar was quite a success – it provided an opportunity for people to ask questions and get answers in real-time.

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 CREDO products, go ahead and check our Product Page 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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