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.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) operates massive workloads for large enterprises while educating its own students on cutting-edge open source technologies and providing research opportunities, all within the constraints of a tight budget.

The recently published case study shows their Cloud and Big Data Lab ecosystem leveraging Edgecore Networks 10G/40G Open Networking switches and Cumulus Linux to simplify their stack and enhance flexibility, while reducing acquisition cost and operational expenses.

Product Deployment

  • 2 x AS6712-32X 40G data center switch, serving as spine switches with 40G downlinks to leaf switches
  • 4 x AS5712-54X 10G data center switch, serving as leaf switches with uplinks to spine switches and downlinks to controllers and compute nodes
  • Cumulus Linux operating system

Background
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a state research university in San Antonio, Texas, US. With over 30,000 students, it is the largest university in San Antonio. UTSA is also home to the first Open Compute Project (OCP) Certification and Solution Laboratory in North America. The laboratory serves the goal to certify Open Compute technologies and key workloads for large enterprises while educating its own students on cutting-edge open source technologies and providing research opportunities.

As a rapidly evolving environment, the data center of UTSA must grow at a rapid pace while enabling research projects based on the latest technologies, within the constraints of a tight budget.

 

Solution
UTSA leverages OCP networking technologies with Cumulus Linux in the UTSA Cloud and Big Data Laboratory and in various cloud projects for research and education. Over 90% of server ports are based on OCP technology. Now, two thirds of the network infrastructure is based on OCP networking with AS6712-32X 32-port 40G switches and AS5712-54X 48-port 10G & 6-port 40G switches from Edgecore Networks

 

As the first OCP-approved 10G/40G switches, Edgecore open networking switches with pre-loaded ONIE enable different network operating systems to easily run on top of the Edgecore hardware, disaggregating the models with ONIE and Cumulus Linux. This disaggregation gives power back to users, with Linux as the network OS and the server OS.

 

The disaggregation goes one step further with Cumulus Linux: As a native linux network OS, it supports both networking and a range of widely available server packages, mostly open source. Switching from the world of various network operating systems, the team rapidly felt comfortable with Linux, a familiar tool. With Cumulus Linux, the switch is just another server with many accelerated ports; the administrator only needs to understand Linux. Since UTSA computer science graduates are skilled in UNIX/Linux, adoption was easy once they complete the program.

By leveraging Edgecore Open Networking technologies with Cumulus Linux, UTSA achieved simplified their stack and got flexibility that resulted in reducing both CapEx and OpEx.

 

Edgecore AS6712-32X

  • Spine switch supporting 10G or 40G spine interconnects
  • 32 fixed x 40 GbE QSFP+ switch ports in compact 1RU form factor
  • Full line-rate Layer 2 or Layer 3 forwarding of 2.56 Tbps full duplex

Edgecore AS5712-54X

  • 10G Top-of-Rack Switch for enterprise and cloud data centers
  • VXLAN and NVGRE tunneling support in hardware for network virtualization
  • Full line-rate Layer 2 or Layer 3 forwarding of 1.44 Tbps full duplex

 


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Disclaimer: Please note that this case study is not the property of STORDIS and we are therefore not responsible if information made available in this case study is not accurate, complete or current. STORDIS was not involved in the production of this case study. The case study was published by Edgecore Networks. A more detailed description can be found here.

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has officially announced the release of the Stratum™ project under the Apache 2.0 open source license, forming the foundation for next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) work. STORDIS is an Innovator-Member of the ONF and actively participates in the project. Stratum will be made available to run on the STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches.

Stratum

Stratum is an open source switch operating system for software-defined networks and was developed in the context of the Stratum project by the Open Networking Foundation in 2018. Supporters and participators include renowned industry leaders such as Google, Tencent, Big Switch Networks, Delta, Edgecore Networks, Barefoot, Broadcom, STORDIS, Mellanox Technologies, among others. They intended to create a silicon-independent reference implementation for white box switches supporting the most possible SDN interfaces and to run on existing fixed systems, as well as on state-of-the-art programmable silicon. Stratum is a versatile platform leveraging the capabilities of other open source projects, such as P4, ONIE and ONL. It enables swift integration of devices into network infrastructures, and provides an open source solution for fully-programmable data planes.

  • Provides an open source solution for fully-programmable data planes
  • Offers a diversity of choice for operators
  • Includes full lifecycle control, configuration and operations interfaces
  • Implements the latest SDN-centric northbound interfaces, including P4, P4Runtime, gNMI/OpenConfig, and gNOI
  • Enables easy integration of devices into operator networks

Use Cases

  • Cloud SDN Data Plane
  • Cloud SDN Fabric Platform (complete open source solution for next-gen data center spine-leaf fabrics)
  • Operator Edge Cloud Platform for 5G Mobile and more, increasing scalability and cost efficiency of edge clouds with VNFs in the P4 fabric
  • Acts as an embedded controller within a switch, replicating traditional management and control

The release of Stratum under the Apache 2.0 license promises to leverage the full potential of SDN. A rapid adoption will enable enterprise networks to deliver significant business advantage with the use of the latest switching technologies.

As ‘The Open Networking Expert’, STORDIS is proud to see that the efforts and the dedication of close business partners generate a great advancement for open networking technologies.

“Barefoot is a founding member of the Stratum project and has made significant contributions to the project enabling high-throughput, fully-programmable networks with P4, P4Runtime and our Tofino and Tofino 2 family of high-performance Ethernet switch ASICs,” said Ed Doe, Vice President in Intel’s Connectivity Group and General Manager of Barefoot.  “We are excited to see Stratum reach the important milestone of open sourcing the project’s code as this will fuel the next level of innovation in the networking industry.”

Marc LeClerc, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Noviflow, said: “Noviflow has been a long-time supporter of SDN and programmable silicon and in the last three years of P4. We are enthusiastic contributors to the Stratum project and see this providing us with important capabilities as we expand our product offerings.”

Stratum, the ONF and STORDIS

The Stratum operating system will be available for the STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches (APS), feature-rich and powerful open networking switches with a P4 programmable Barefoot Tofino chipset, supporting PTP time sync and 1GbE to 100GbE throughput.

“STORDIS is an early supporter of P4 and we are working closely with the ONF to integrate Stratum OS on our platform. This is an exciting global effort and we look forward to its continued progress,” said Alexander Jeffries, CEO of STORDIS.

Besides being an Innovator-Member of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), STORDIS is an active participator in various foundations and projects, including the Open Compute Project (OCP), the P4 Language Consortium, and the Open Source Business Alliance. In 2018, the German-based company contributed the BroadCtrl, an open source SDN controller project under ONOS, to the ONF.

The ONF is a non-profit consortium comprised of various leading network operators to drive the transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models. It is an open, collaborative community and initiator of a number of projects building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software-defined standards to accelerate the evolution of the industry. Currently, the organization counts 85 partner and member companies and 150 collaborating companies.

Beside Stratum, the ONF realized various open source components (ONOS, VOLTHA, Trellis) as well as integrated platforms constructed from those components (ODTN, CORD, M-CORD, R-CORD, and E-CORD).


Disclaimer: All quotes were taken from the official press release ‘ONF Announces Stratum Project Now Available as Open Source; Completes Incubation Development’ published by the ONF and are property of the ONF. STORDIS is not responsible for any opinions expressed in the quotes.

Source: https://www.opennetworking.org/stratum/

Read the full press release by the ONF: https://www.opennetworking.org/news-and-events/press-releases/onf-announces-stratum-project-now-available-as-open-source-completes-incubation-development/

State-of-the-art technologies in the broadcasting industry and growing standards call for increased data traffic and demand the highest levels of throughput and storage. Česká televize is a public television broadcaster in the Czech Republic delivering six channels of news, sports, family, arts and educational content, producing the majority of their content in-house. STORDIS supported Interlab, a French solution provider focusing on the broadcasting and media industry, to realize a fully integrated, high-speed, yet cost-efficient network infrastructure.

As the Open Networking Expert, STORDIS aims to drive innovation in the field of Open Networking. Therefore, it was a great opportunity to support Interlab set up a future-proof network environment for Česká televize with the most efficient combination of high-quality hardware and software. Interlab employed an Edgecore AS5712-54X switch with PICOS®, an open Layer 2/3 network operating system created by Pica8.



Edgecore Networks offers scalable, disaggregated network solutions. Their industry-leading products are essentially qualified to meet network requirements in different markets, particularly in the broadcasting industry. Edgecore’s complete solutions generate value for customers by offering a broad product portfolio spanning data center switches, core switches, access switches, enterprise-level wireless devices and network management tools. STORDIS endorses the high quality of Edgecore’s bare metal switches and the spectrum of possibilities their products offer.

 

Pica8 developed a Linux-based operation system which runs on a large number of conventional white box switches from various manufacturers and perfectly complements the Edgecore AS5712-54X. The unique network operating system PICOS® provides unlimited, non-disruptive control of the enterprise applications, enables monitoring dynamic traffic and security and delegation capabilities. PICOS® is fully interoperable with the existing legacy infrastructure, increasing flexibility, performance, security and reliability at a fraction of the cost, which made it the perfect choice for the Czech television broadcaster.

 


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The rapid development of the media and broadcasting industry is setting high standards for network infrastructures in questions of flexibility, reliability and efficiency. Omnimago, a Germany-based full-service provider particularly specialized in post-editing, digitalization and storage, required a scalable, high-speed network infrastructure while sticking to a tight budget.

As the Open Networking Expert, STORDIS aims to drive innovation in the field of Open Networking. Therefore, it was a great opportunity to provide Omnimago with the most efficient combination of high-quality hardware and software and to supervise the installation.



Edgecore Networks offers scalable, disaggregated network solutions. Their industry-leading products are essentially qualified to meet network requirements in different markets, particularly in the broadcasting industry. Edgecore’s complete solutions generate value for customers by offering a broad product portfolio spanning data center switches, core switches, access switches, enterprise-level wireless devices and network management tools. One of these is the Edgecore AS5712-54X, which was deployed at Omnimago. As the expert in the field of Open Networking, STORDIS endorses the high quality of Edgecore’s bare metal switches and the spectrum of possibilities their products offer.

Pica8 developed an open Linux-based network operating system that runs on a large number of conventional white box switches from various manufacturers and perfectly complements the deployed Edgecore AS5712-54X. The unique network operating system PICOS® provides unlimited, non-disruptive control of the enterprise applications, enables monitoring dynamic traffic, as well as security and delegation capabilities. PICOS® is fully interoperable with the existing legacy infrastructure to increase flexibility, performance, security and reliability at a fraction of the cost, which made it the perfect choice for Omnimago in combination with the Edgecore AS5712-54X.


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Harsha Vardhan from STORDIS is quickly explaining the IBC2018 demo that was shown on the STORDIS stand. Things shown were: Live-IP production, seamlessly signal switching, signal transportation and Open Networking solutions for broadcast use-cases.