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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While these three are closely linked to networking, they differ technically and practically. Many people find it challenging to distinguish between them because of the interrelation. A Software-Defined Network can be both open networking and open source. However, something can be open source but not open networking since they aren’t the same thing. With this in mind, figuring out what each of these does is essential to understand its benefit in the networking industry. 

Open flow or open source works in the same way as an API by configuring network switches. On the other hand, open networking provides for a breakdown of the complex nature of software and hardware to offer a more programmable and scalable network. This way, it can be configured to meet a variety of requirements. Open-source and open networking follow a common ground in that they are both open but differ in application.

SDN (Software-Defined Network) is a close-knit of programmable interfaces used in a network infrastructure to improve automation while providing network services. However, the term SDN has been used to define a variety of technologies. But, it can be specified explicitly in its application.

How to distinguish between Open Source, SDN and Open Networking?

It is excusable that many people fail to distinguish between the three because of their relation. However, they cannot be used interchangeably. This article provides insights to understand each of them and distinguish it from the other.

What is Open Source?

Simply put, open source is easily accessible, and the source code can be manipulated, reprogrammed, and scaled to meet requirements. This includes software and programs accessible to the public and can be shared almost by anybody. When the source code is available to anyone on the internet, the need to rework is increasingly possible. Anybody can view, modify, share, and even learn how to im[prove the software.

An Open Source is convenient for creating communication paths, technical communities and also helps construct networking equipment such as Ethernet switches. This networking model is highly favored by developers, vendors, engineers, and service providers. It draws great attention to anyone who appreciates developing a specific type of software and programs. While it sounds pretty simple, there is more than meets the eye! An open-source application or program requires one to comply with licenses. These may include General Public License (GNU) or Apache license. The license will define the terms, agreement, and conditions of the source code’s use and distribution. However, a second user may need to preserve or agree to the terms before redistributing or altering the code. This way, the name of the developer and/or authors is maintained and preserved.

What is Open Networking?

Open Networking is a unique combination of using bare-metal switch hardware (coming from such as ODM companies like Accton / Edgecore, Delta / Agema, UfiSpace) with a different NOS (Networks Operation Software) which could be a commercial one (ex. Pica8, IP Infusion, RTBrick, Pluribus Networks, Capgemini /Altran etc.) or open source (like SONiC or DENT) as long as you have compatibility with the CPU, U-boot and ASICs – other words saying so-called porting need to be done first. As those all mentioned NOS options are base on Linux, you are getting a chance to use a wide range of commercial or again open source tools for management, configuration, and automation such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, or Grafana, Prometheus, and more.

Network engineers and administrators have found much success with this kind of system because they don’t have to rely on one specific software or hardware but instead choose from many options to create a solution that benefits their needs.

Would you like to learn more about Open Networking clik here.

What is Software-Defined Network (SDN)?

SDN is essentially meant to decouple data packets within a network. It provides centralized management and configuration of the network instead of using several switches and servers throughout the network. This is crucial since an enterprise or network provider can respond efficiently to changing trends in the business environment.

SDN provides for programmable interfaces within a network, making it easier to apply them together with other networking technologies. There are 3 types of SDN architectural layers including;

  • Physical Network – This is the lowest layer in the network infrastructure. It includes devices such as ethernet switches forming the IT infrastructure of the network. Virtual switches can also be classified into a physical network.
  • SDN Application – This is the visible layer in an SDN design similar to modern-day applications and software. They run on dedicated programs and hardware, but the innovation comes from SDN applications.
  • SDN Controller – It is the linchpin to the entire infrastructure, linking both the virtual and physical network. It provides an avenue for integration and usability of the whole infrastructure.

In a modern application of a Software-Defined Network, a vendor will provide both the application and the SDN controller as a unit. However, the controller takes center stage as a crucial element for the entire network infrastructure.

Are they one and the same thing?

Well, there is a complete difference between Open Source, Software-Defined Network, and Open Networking. Both SDN and open source play a combined role in offering open networking. However, they are not equally the same. On the same note, both Open Networking and Open Source work under the same principle and concept of being open. But they are quite different.
From the definitions above, you will notice how they differ from the others in concept and application

Free Software vs Open Source Software

Many people tend to confuse Open Source software as free. The fact that it is accessible to the public for modification, sharing, and manipulation is not necessarily free. Some vendors opt to charge a one-time fee while others charge for installation, troubleshooting, and helping customers manipulate the software. In the former, a vendor may lose their licenses and will have to release the source code to the customer.
Before deciding on the perfect choice, choose the software that relates to you according to your actual needs.

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One of the main questions that comes up, when we talk to people that have had no contact with the Open Networking concept before, is the question of support: Who will take care of the hardware and software support? They think there is only limited advanced commercial support available for Open Networking Bare Metal Switches.

While that of course is not the case, we wanted to address this “fear” pesonally and decided to take things into our own hands and to add a great additional option for our customers:

With our many years of experience in the Open Networking field, helping customers to deploy and run their Open Networking Environments across the many different industries, we know what customers expect, when they are looking for support.
We used this knowledge as our basis to form a great new offering for the Open Networking Community (and anyone that wants to be part of it):

We now can offer you three types of Service Level Agreement that extend the standard manufacturers’ warranty and will cover all of your needs, in case you run into any issues.

Check these options out and read the information brochure below for more information.
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Service Level Agreements

Availability from 8 am–5 pm**, 5  business days a week (Mon–Fri) and an advanced exchange service of defective hardware on the next business day. Any required spare parts as well as transportation costs are covered with this Service Level Agreement.

Availability from 8 am–5 pm**, 5 business days a week (Mon–Fri). Our specialists will support you with software and hardware problems. If a problem cannot be solved remotely, a replacement part will be shipped out. The replacement part will arrive within the next business day at your location. Any required spare parts, resource and transportation costs are covered within this Service Level Agreement.
Availability from 8 am–5 pm**, 5 business days a week (Mon–Fri). Our specialists will support you with software and hardware problems. If a problem cannot be solved remotely, a technical specialist from STORDIS or one of their Support Partners will be dispatched to resolve the problem on-site on the next business day. Any required spare parts are covered with this Service Level Agreement.

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Our webinar “SONiC Paves the Way for Open Networking!”, that we held together with Open Compute Project Foundation, Edgecore Networks Corporation and Broadcom Inc. was quite a success!

Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees!

If you have missed the webinar, no need to worry — we have recorded the webinar and uploaded it to our YouTube channel. You can check it out here:


Webinar

Presenters:

Steve Helvie, VP Channel Development, Open Compute Project
Kamran Naqvi, Principal Network Architect, Broadcom
Matthew Roman, VP Marketing and Product Management, Edgecore Networks
Łukasz Łukowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, STORDIS

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

How SONiC is working in real production Multi-DC network under a Leaf and Spine architecture with Edgecore switches. Hear about open networking benefits and challenges as well as the hardware evolution. Find out more how OCP Solution Providers could help you go from the consultancy over solution design to final integration will all needed support services. Have a chance to play an active role during Q&A session.

Who should attend/watch?

Industries: Service Provider (Communications), Service Provider (Managed Services), Telecommunications, Mobile Operators, Consumer Webtech, Enterprise Webtech and Large Enterprises
Primary Roles: CTO, CxO, CIO, Business Operators, Mobile Operators and Partners, All Networking Lovers!

Additional Links to the Speakers

Steve Helvie, VP Channel Development, Open Compute Project
LinkedIn | Open Compute Project LinkedIn | https://www.opencompute.org/

Kamran Naqvi, Principal Network Architect, Broadcom
LinkedIn | Broadcom LinkedIn | Broadcom Website

Matthew Roman, VP Marketing and Product Management, Edgecore Networks
LinkedIn | Edgecore Networks LinkedIn | Edgecore Networks Website

Łukasz Łukowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, STORDIS
LinkedIn | STORDIS LinkedIn | STORDIS Website

Love2Network YouTube channel, run by Kamran Naqvi, for additional insights on SONiC
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Sign up now for our upcoming webinar:
“SONiC Paves the Way for Open Networking!”

Date: 21st of April
Time: 11 am CET
Duration: 45 min

Presenters:

Steve Helvie, VP Channel Development, Open Compute Project
Kamran Naqvi, Principal Network Architect, Broadcom
Matthew Roman, VP Marketing and Product Management, Edgecore Networks
Łukasz Łukowski, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, STORDIS

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How SONiC is working in real production Multi-DC network under a Leaf and Spine architecture with Edgecore switches.
  • Hear about open networking benefits and challenges as well as the hardware evolution.
  • Find out more how OCP Solution Providers could help you go from the consultancy over solution design to final integration will all needed support services.
  • Have a chance to play an active role during Q&A session.

Who should attend?

Industries: Service Provider (Communications), Service Provider (Managed Services), Telecommunications, Mobile Operators, Consumer Webtech, Enterprise Webtech and Large Enterprises

Primary Roles: CTO, CxO, CIO, Business Operators, Mobile Operators and Partners, All Networking Lovers!

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Date: April 21st, 2021
Time: 11 am CET
Duration: 45 min
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Edgecore Networks Corporation announces general availability of the Wedge100BF switches with a programmable Tofino ASIC for high-performance data center network environments. The bare-metal top-of-rack (TOR) or spine switches support 32x100G ports, enable greater flexibility, control and innovation of enhanced network services, and support the installation of various open and commercial network operating system software.

STORDIS is an official partner of Edgecore Networks and your reliable source to obtain versatile Edgecore devices. Contact us for more information about the Wedge100BF series.

We offer special rates for members of academia and research institutions.

Does your current data center network meet the requirements of increased data rates when all your employees work from home and need access to the corporate network?

 

Situations that require a majority of the population to work from home force us to rely on the existing network infrastructure of our company. We need to ensure that our network complies to modern standards in regards to

  • Bandwidth and throughput
  • Capacity and recency of hardware
  • Stability of the network
  • Accessibility and connectivity
  • Security

With the outbreak of COVID-19, tens of thousands of employees have been confronted with the unprecendeted situation of having to work from home. As a result of this, corporate networks have to manage heavily increased remote workloads.

This situation requires companies to review the current state of their network infrastructure, analyze and evaluate the performance, and find out what needs to be improved to maintain continued operations and keep the business running in the best possible way. They may need to set up a strategy to restructure the network in order to meet certain standards, avoid remaining below potential or being left behind the capabilities of modern technology.

Review your network with particular reference to the following aspects:

Capacity and Performance

The infrastructure needs to be able to handle heavy workloads due to the increased use of remote tools, as well as a quick adaption to new scenarios and requirements.

Administrative Conditions and Accessibility

Ensure ease of use for all employees when working remotely and connectivity for collaborative use.

Efficiency and Low Latency

Virtualize shared drives to cloud environments to prevent bottlenecks, separate upstream and downstream and get rid of unnecessary cabling to avoid loss of data traffic.

Security

When remotely accessing the corporate network via virtual private network (VPN), you need to make sure that the risk of attacks and threads from malware is reduced to a minimum.

How STORDIS can help you

As the ‘Open Networking Expert’ we are always up-to-date in our solutions‘ standards. Our STORDIS LABS offer the possibility to test and verify cutting-edge technology and to integrate it into the existing network regardless of the size and the vendor – on-site and remotely – to realize the best suitable solution. If you would like an Open Networking expert to review your current network environment, we are happy to offer professional consultation and support for a smooth integration to increase capacity, efficiency and adaptivity.

And once your digital infrastructure can handle the required traffic, your network is ready to take on any future challenges and provides a sustainable infrastructure that lasts beyond the threat of coronavirus.

In the long term, the outcome gives you the chance to elaborate a new mode of operation and improve work life for every employee, by enabling everyone to work flexibly, remotely and in a modern, convenient way.

Contact us for more information and free consultancy

STORDIS joins the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to support the open source communities spur the adoption of open standards-based architectures.

 

Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a collaborative ecosystem operating in the field of telecommunication. It was founded by industry leaders in 2016 with the aim to create a platform which helps accelerate innovation and develop next-generation networks. The platform features project groups, startups, initiatives, provides physical space for research and development and organizes frequent events across the globe. The community hosts more than 500 participating member organizations, including operators, suppliers, developers and integrators. TIP has recently announced an arrangement for collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to accelerate the rollout of open networks.

Joining the Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

STORDIS actively participates in several organizations to promote open source and disaggregated networking, including the Open Compute Project (OCP), the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and the Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance). It was the next logical step for STORDIS to become a member of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a community of experts which features numerous industry-leading companies and organizations, various partners and associates, including Delta Networks Inc., Edgecore Networks and NoviFlow Inc.

“Being a member of the TIP is important for us because it enables us to contribute to the transition of the IT industry. The concept of Open Source becomes more and more relevant across all fields of the network industry, including telecommunication, academia and research, broadcasting, and cyber security. Connecting with interested parties who actively contribute to this progress is essential for advancement and innovation. With this in mind, we have designed the STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches (APS), which are the only P4 programmable switches that support 1588v2,” says Alexander Jeffries, CEO at STORDIS

“NoviFlow is greatly pleased with our partner STORDIS’s affiliation to the TIP. We believe our programmable P4 solutions can contribute significantly to the TIP’s mission of driving new technologies and fostering innovation in telecommunications technology,” says Marc LeClerc, VP Strategy and Marketing at NoviFlow Inc.

“We are very pleased to welcome STORDIS to our community, which is expanding the scope and value of disaggregation to the industry,” says Attilio Zani, Executive Director, Telecom Infra Project. “We look forward to a promising collaboration on device programmability to make telecom networks far more open and efficient.”

STORDIS is elated to join the Telecom Infra Project. Being a member in the TIP enables STORDIS to contribute to the transition of the IT industry and the rapid adoption of open source technology within telecommunication networks.

You can find more information about the Telecom Infra Project at https://telecominfraproject.com/

STORDIS joins the Intel® Network Builders ecosystem to help the community shaping the future of business-ready open, next-generation technology.

 

Intel® Network Builders

 

Intel® Network Builders ecosystem is an Intel-led ecosystem of independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, system integrators and service providers coming together to accelerate and transform the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV)- and software defined networking (SDN)-based solutions in telecommunications networks.

Since then, this vibrant community has grown to around 700 partners globally, including industry-leading companies.

Joining the Intel® Network Builders

As the Open Networking Expert and supplier of our Barefoot Tofino-based Advanced Programmable Switches (APS), STORDIS appreciates Intel’s efforts to transition today’s network infrastructures to an open, programmable, scalable cloud-ready environment.

“Intel is an industry-leading visionary with a vast range of capabilities. We are proud to be able to contribute to their efforts and strive to actively support the development of innovative, standardized, future-ready open network solutions,” says Alexander Jeffries, CEO of STORDIS.


As a partner of Barefoot Networks, who were acquired by Intel in 2019, STORDIS decided to take further action and contribute to the progress of Open Networking by joining the Intel® Network Builders ecosystem.

Intel® fosters a large community, hosting collaborative projects to accelerate innovation and open standards within the industry. Together with many industry-leading companies, STORDIS actively contributes to several relevant associations dedicated to open source technology.

You can find more information about the Intel® Network Builders ecosystem at https://networkbuilders.intel.com/

A new collaborative open source project was launched by The Linux Foundation with the aim to create a full featured network operating system that simplifies enterprise edge networking software.

 

 

The open source project DENT was launched in December 2019 under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation with the aim to simplify enterprise edge networking software. The founding members – Amazon, Cumulus, Delta, Mellanox, Marvell, Wistron NeWeb (WNC) – call out for a collective participation of system integrators, original design/equipment manufacturers and end users of the industry to contribute to a full-featured network operating system for distributed enterprise, campus and remote/branch offices. The Linux Kernel, Switchdev, and other Linux-based projects function as the groundwork for the collaborative creation of the new standardized network OS for disaggregated network switches.

 

By launching this project, The Linux Foundation enables the establishment of a technical open source community engaged with the creation of a network operating system by contributing control plane and management plane use cases which are applicable across various industry solutions. The collaboration of developers, service and solution providers and end users is crucial to leverage disaggregation within the networking stack and standardized integration across the ecosystem of data centers and telecommunication. DENT benefits from the Linux Foundation’s ecosystem of solution providers and users.

 

About The Linux Foundation

Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation now fosters a community of more than 1,000 members across the open source industry and leverages collaborative projects on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. The foundation provides financial and intellectual resources, infrastructure and services to support contributors, users and solution providers in the creation of shared technology. They organize frequent events and trainings and invest in promising projects with a focus on the development of open source ecosystems.

 

 

More information about the project and the official press release published by The Linux Foundation can be found at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/press-release/2019/12/dent-launches-to-simplify-enterprise-edge-networking-software/