Hello, fellow open networking enthusiasts! I am absolutely thrilled to share my passion for network disaggregation and my excitement for the latest release of the Enterprise SONiC distribution version 4.1.0. This remarkable release introduces several new and qualified software features that will undoubtedly elevate our networking capabilities and contribute to a more seamless experience.

Let’s dive into the key features of this release:

  1. Linux Kernel Upgrade: Version 4.1.0 brings an upgrade to Linux Kernel 5.10.46-5, enhancing the overall stability and performance of the distribution.
  2. Multi-rate Support: This release extends multi-rate support to various platforms, increasing flexibility and efficiency.
  3. 100 Mbps and 10 Mbps Support: Enhanced connectivity options are now available.
  4. SONiC Readiness for Campus Use Case: An array of new features, such as Port Access Control, Downloadable ACLs, Posture Assessment, and support for multiple RADIUS servers, make this release a perfect fit for campus use cases.
  5. VLAN Stacking (QinQ) and RoCE V2 Support: The release adds VLAN stacking capabilities on Trident3 (TD3) and Trident4 (TD4) platforms and introduces support for RoCE V2.
  6. One Million Route Scale: The distribution now supports a massive scale of one million routes, enabling larger and more complex network deployments. And yes, you are right – we are talking here about Trident4 like X9 and X11.
  7. AAA Authorization Support with TACACS+: Enhanced security features include AAA authorization support via TACACS+.

These are just a few of the new features introduced in the Enterprise SONiC distribution 4.1.0. I am beyond excited to see how these advancements will empower us to build more robust and efficient network infrastructures.

The release also comes with various package options to cater to different networking requirements:

  1. Cloud Base Package: This package includes essential features for data center fabric underlay use cases, such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, and TACACS+. It also offers base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  2. Cloud Advanced Package: Building on the Cloud_Base package, the Cloud_Advanced package adds Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, and Linux PTP (KNETSync) for enhanced functionality.
  3. Enterprise Base Package: This package provides underlay and overlay features for data center fabric use cases, such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, BGP EVPN, and VXLAN. It also includes enterprise-specific features like RPVST+, IP Multicast, and base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  4. Enterprise Advanced Package: Expanding on the Enterprise_Base package, this package offers additional features like Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, Linux PTP (KNETSync), and the Broadcom Debug Tool.
  5. Campus Package: Tailored for campus-specific platforms, this package includes L2/L3 features, POE support, Port Access Control features (IEEE 802.1X, MAB, dynamic ACLs, RADIUS-assigned VLANs, RADIUS support), LLDP-MED, Port Security, Digital Optical Monitoring, Time Domain Reflectometry, and EVPN VXLAN.

In this release, we see an increasing number of key networking vendors offering open platforms, making open networking more accessible and versatile than ever before. Based on the provided information, the summary of key vendors and the number of specific hardware platforms supported are as follows:

  1. Edgecore Networks (Accton Technology): 12 platforms – go, go Edgecore Team!
  2. Alpha Networks: 4 platforms
  3. Celestica: 2 platforms – welcome Guys! 😉
  4. Extreme Networks: 2 platforms – yes, that Extreme!
  5. QTC – Quanta Computer: 6 platforms
  6. …..

In total, we have almost 40 platforms, and more are expected to come later this year!

As a firm believer in the power of open networking, I am ecstatic to witness the ongoing growth and development of this incredible technology. The Enterprise SONiC distribution 4.1.0 is a testament to the bright future of disaggregated networking, and I can’t wait to explore its full potential.

Here’s to the future of open networking and the exciting journey that lies ahead!

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If you’re interested in testing the Enterprise SONiC Distribution, either in a virtual environment or by obtaining a trial license, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help you explore this fantastic new release and guide you through the process. Remember, the future of networking is in our hands, and together, we can make it even more remarkable!

Psss… 4.2.0 still in 2023! 😉 Who knows what surprises and networking adventures await us in the next release? Stay tuned and keep that networking excitement alive!

The networking landscape has been rapidly evolving, thanks to the growing demand for open networking and disaggregation. As network operators and data center managers seek to modernize their infrastructures, they are increasingly turning to solutions that provide flexibility, scalability, and ease of management. One such offering is the Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom, a robust and commercially supported version of the open-source SONiC network operating system (NOS). In this blog post, we’ll explore the various packages available within the Enterprise SONiC Distribution, with a special focus on the Campus Package and Power over Ethernet (PoE) use cases.

Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom: Packages Overview

Broadcom’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution offers a comprehensive suite of packages to cater to various networking environments and use cases. These include:

  1. Cloud Base Package: Designed for data center fabric underlay use cases, it includes essential features like eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, and security features such as TACACS+. It also offers base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  2. Cloud Advanced Package: Building on the Cloud Base Package, it adds Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA, version 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, and Linux PTP (KNETSync).
  3. Enterprise Base Package: Tailored for data center fabric underlay and overlay use cases, it offers features such as eBGP, ZTP, programmatic API, QoS, ACL, BGP EVPN, VXLAN, and more. It also includes base telemetry features like Thresholds and Snapshots (BST).
  4. Enterprise Advanced Package: Expanding on the Enterprise Base Package, it incorporates Inband Flow Analyzer (IFA, version 2.0), Tail Stamping, Drop Monitor, Linux PTP (KNETSync), and the Broadcom Debug Tool.
  5. Campus Package: Specifically designed for campus-specific platforms, it extends the L2/L3 features to support PoE, PoE+, and PoE-bt, port access control, LLDP-MED, port security, digital optical monitoring, time domain reflectometry, EVPN VXLAN, and more.

Exploring the Campus Package

The Campus Package is designed to cater to the unique needs of campus environments, providing a versatile solution for connecting edge devices and data centers. It is particularly useful in situations where campus devices such as POS systems, thin clients, and security cameras need to be connected to an existing data center infrastructure.

One of the key advantages (and a simply must) of the Campus Package is the support for Power over Ethernet (PoE), a technology that simplifies network deployments by delivering both power and data over a single Ethernet cable. By incorporating PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT, the Campus Package enables seamless integration of various devices while reducing the need for additional power infrastructure.

To further demonstrate the capabilities of open networking hardware compatible with the Broadcom SONiC, let’s take a closer look at Edgecore’s offerings. Edgecore is one of the vendors who offer open networking hardware with support for different PoE standards, making them a great choice for campus networks.

Edgecore Hardware with PoE Support:


1. AS4630-54PE: This platform comes with 48x1G, 4x25G, and 2x100G ports, with PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT support. It has been fully supported since the 3.5.0 release.


2. AS4630-54TE (MGMT): Although this model doesn’t feature PoE support, it’s worth mentioning as it offers a variety of ports including 48x1G, 4x25G, and 2x100G. It has been fully supported since the 4.0.0 release.


3. AS4630-54NPE: This platform is equipped with 36x10G, 12x10G, and 4x25G ports, with support for PoE, PoE+, and PoE-BT. Full support is available in the 4.1.1 release, which is expected to arrive in July 2023.


By adopting Edgecore’s open networking hardware, network operators can leverage the benefits of the Campus Package to create a seamless, efficient network infrastructure, meeting the specific needs of campus environments.

I’m sure that you are familiar with PoE, but let’s make a short review and summary of its use cases. PoE has become increasingly important for modern networks, particularly in campus environments where devices need to be deployed in hard-to-reach locations. Some noteworthy use cases include:

  1. Wireless Access Points: PoE simplifies the deployment of wireless access points by eliminating the need for separate power sources, making it easier to place them in strategic locations for optimal coverage.
  2. IP Cameras: Security cameras often need to be installed in remote or hard-to-reach areas, making PoE an ideal solution for powering these devices while ensuring a stable data connection.
  3. IP Telephony: As businesses transition to IP telephony, PoE enables the deployment of power-hungry IP phones without the need for separate power connections, simplifying the installation process and IoT Devices: The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving the proliferation of connected devices across campuses, including sensors, actuators, and controllers. PoE provides a reliable and cost-effective way to power these devices while ensuring seamless data connectivity.
  4. Lighting Systems: PoE-enabled LED lighting systems can be easily integrated into the network infrastructure, enabling centralized control and monitoring, as well as energy-saving features such as occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting.
  5. Digital Signage: PoE can be used to power digital signage displays, ensuring a reliable connection for content delivery while reducing the need for additional power outlets.

Are you using PoE? How do you see the needed budget for implementation? Total budget is definitely important but it’s also essential to consider the various types of PoE:

IEEE has released several PoE standards, including IEEE802.3af (standard PoE), IEEE802.3at (PoE+), and IEEE802.3bt (PoE++), which regulate power delivery to PDs. Understanding these standards is crucial for network administrators to ensure compatibility and efficient power management.

  1. IEEE 802.3af (Standard PoE): With a supply voltage of 44-57V and a supply current of 10-350mA, this standard provides a maximum power output of 15.4W per port. The minimum guaranteed power available at the PD is 12.95 watts per port, suitable for VoIP phones, sensors, and more.
  2. IEEE 802.3at (PoE+): This updated standard is backward-compatible with standard PoE and provides up to 30W of power per port. The minimum output power assured is 25W, supporting devices requiring more power, such as LCD displays, biometric sensors, and tablets.
  3. IEEE 802.3bt (PoE++): The latest PoE standard defines Type 3 (PoE++) and Type 4 (higher-power PoE) powering/wattage standards. Both types increase the maximum PoE power by delivering more power through two or more pairs of Ethernet cables. These modes are backward compatible with 802.3af and 802.3at and support devices with higher power requirements like video conferencing systems, laptops, and TVs.

Configuration Examples

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s dive into some configuration examples to give you an idea of how to configure PoE on a Broadcom SONiC switch. I need to tell you that there is not too much but mostly all what we need, but could be better 😉

! Configure PoE on an interface

interface Ethernet1/1

! Enable PoE

no poe disable

! Set the PoE detection mode to dot3bt followed by Legacy detection

poe detection dot3bt+legacy

! Set the port priority level to high

poe priority high

! Configure PoE on another interface

interface Ethernet1/2

! Enable PoE

no poe disable

! Set the PoE detection mode to dot3bt only

poe detection dot3bt

! Set the port priority level to low

poe priority low

! Reset PSE operation on all ports, if needed

clear poe counters

! Configure power management type for the system

poe power management dynamic

! View the current PoE configuration and system-wide status information

show poe

! View the POE port configuration information for individual ports or all ports

show poe port configuration all

This sample configuration demonstrates how to enable and configure PoE on different interfaces, set the detection mode, port priority level, and power management type for the system. It also shows how to reset PSE operation and view the PoE configuration and status information.

What, in your opinion, is missing in the current PoE configuration? …Personally, I would love to see a simple feature that could set up a schedule with synced calendars to disable PoE on specific ports, such as those connected to VoIP phones. This would help save energy during the night or over the weekend when no one is in the office.

The Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Broadcom provides a flexible and scalable solution for open networking, catering to a wide range of use cases with its various packages. The Campus Package, in particular, offers a comprehensive feature set tailored to the specific needs of campus environments, with its support for different types of Power over Ethernet being a key advantage.

By adopting the Campus Package and using open networking hardware such as Edgecore’s offerings, networking specialists can leverage the benefits of open networking and disaggregation, enabling seamless integration of various devices and creating a more streamlined, efficient network infrastructure. The future of networking is open, and Broadcom’s Enterprise SONiC Distribution is at the forefront of this transformation.

Are you ready to level up your knowledge on Power over Ethernet, campus deployments, and much more? Join our comprehensive “Introduction to Enterprise SONiC” course offered by Route2open Academy.

With our expert instructors guiding you through every step, you’ll learn about SONiC, its installation and setup process, redundancy methods, routing protocols, automation, and troubleshooting. Plus, you’ll have access to our supportive Route2open Forums where you can connect with like-minded individuals and share ideas.

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Stuttgart, Germany – February 13th, 2023  – STORDIS – The Open Networking Expert – is pleased to announce that they have signed a Support Service Agreement with Edgecore on Enterprise SONiC Distribution By Edgecore.

Enterprise SONiC Distribution by Edgecore is a hardened, open distribution of SONiC which runs on Edgecore Open Networking switches. The SONiC Community is led by Microsoſt and many key players, including Edgecore, to deliver a robust and proven software infrastructure to enable customers to build highly portable, scalable data center networks.

At STORDIS, we have extensive knowledge and experience with delivering Enterprise SONiC solutions. Our team is well versed in SONiC and can provide expert advice and guidance when it comes to the deployment and management of SONiC-based networks. Our support engineers offer the following services:

  • Level 1 – Basic help desk resolution and service desk delivery

Support for basic customer issues such as solving usage problems and fulfilling service desk requests that need IT involvement.

  • Level 2 – In-depth SONiC technical support

Experienced and knowledgeable engineers assess issues and provide solutions.

  • Level 3 – Expert product and services support

For those really serious technical issues that cannot be resolved via Level 1 & 2 support, our STORDIS engineers have access to the most highly skilled product specialists – these may include the creators, chief architects or engineers that created the product – to duplicate problems, define root causes and issue fixes.

STORDIS is excited to be working with Edgecore to offer Enterprise SONiC Distribution By Edgecore to our customers. This collaboration will help us provide the best experience possible for our customers and ensure that they can get the most out of their network… said Waldemar Scheck, CEO of STORDISWe are thrilled to be working with Edgecore to create the Route2open Academy and provide the official on-line course for Enterprise SONiC. This will help customers gain the knowledge and skills they need to take full advantage of SONiC.

Waldemar Scheck, CEO, STORDIS

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Secure your tickets now for the 2023 OCP Regional Summit and be part of an incredible event filled with networking, collaboration, and learning opportunities! Held from 1920 April at the stunning Prague Congress Centre, the summit will bring together EMEA technical and business leaders from the OCP Community to discuss important topics such as data center sustainability and hyperscale DC operator innovations. This is your chance to dig deep into the world of open technologies and approaches, led by industry experts and facilitated by panel discussions, workshops, and presentations.

Plus, dont forget to visit STORDIS booth A1 at the summit were giving away a GIFT voucher with promo code for Enterprise SONiC training. 

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In a few short years, SONiC has become one of the major players in the fields of data centers and hyper-scalers and is now poised to become just as dominant in the telcos, enterprises and SMBs domain. Join STORDIS as they introduce the benefits of using SONiC as your NOS of choice in the enterprise environment. STORDIS will highlight the differences between SONiC vs Enterprise SONiC, will guide you through the initial steps of installation, manual & automatic configuration options, and how you can monitor your network using the opensource solution MONSOON. They have guests from Deutsche Telekom, who have already made the jump to using SONiC, to talk about their experience. Technical experts from Broadcom and Weaveworks will be on hand to discuss a specific end-to-end observability solution for drop monitoring, explain how the community can take advantage of open-source collector software and how GitOps principles can be applied to networking enabling self-service and on-demand change for platform users without sacrificing efficiency or security. They look forward to seeing you there! 

Our Agenda:

  • STORDIS will show you how to boost your Network with “How to go superSONiC with Your Network Infrastructure!”
  • Deutsche Telekom will show how they moved their datacentres to SONiC with “Implementing SONiC Architecture within Multi VRF Datacenters”
  • STORDIS will show how to use MONSOON for “Monitoring and Telemetry”
  • Broadcom will demonstrate how Root Cause Analysis and de-bugging can be done with “Leveraging Silicon Enabled Observability with Open Source Collector to improve your MTTI”
  • STORDIS will guide you through the initial setup stages with “Not again, something new? Getting started with Open networking and SONiC”
  • Weaveworks will then discuss larger Networks with “Gitops for Networking – Orchestration at Scale”

This is your chance to explore:

Don’t miss out on this chance to build relationships and make a real impact in the world of open networking!

Stop by STORDIS’ booth A1 at the OCP’s Regional Summit and claim your GIFT Voucher with promo code for Enterprise SONiC training!

OCP Regional Summit 2023

Open Compute Project Foundation helps organizations unlock their potential by leveraging the benefits of open technologies and approaches. OCP’s Regional Summit is a great opportunity to learn from industry experts and network with other professionals in the field while learning from the speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and workshops at the event. You won’t want to miss this chance to impact the future of data center design, operations, and deployment. Get ready for two days of networking and collaboration with like-minded professionals from across the globe. Be part of this great event by registering for your ticket today! https://www.opencompute.org/summit/regional-summit/registration

Looking forward to meeting you there!

If you’re wondering how to set up GNS3 Topology Running Enterprise SONiC Switches, then you need to watch this video!

Kamal Krishna Bhatt, our Software Product Manager at #STORDIS will show you all the steps to get started and also how to troubleshoot some of the more difficult setups.

Video explains:

  • how to utilize the popular network and device simulator tool “GNS3” to simulate Enterprise SONiC switches
  • creation of GNS3 compatible appliance file from a SONiC image and import it into GNS3
  • how to create a simple spine-leaf topology with Enterprise SONiC switches in GNS3
  • how to connect all devices to your local network
  • last but not least its integration with MONSOON

You’ll have enterprise-level network setup in no time!

Video Tutorial can be found here.

If you are not familiar with MONSOON we will highly recommend watching this video.

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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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