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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 Expert will attend this year’s IBC2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, from September 13th to 17th, to present a brand-new approach to accelerated, optimized live production networks. STORDIS will discuss cutting-edge network technologies and consult customers and visitors about migration of broadcast enviroments from SDI to IP.

If you would like to meet us at IBC2019, you are welcome to register with our customer code 16123 for free admission!

Contact us to schedule an appointment.


On display at the Show

Discover cutting-edge IP-based LIVE PRODUCTION environments to master HD, UHD and 8K video formats, standards such as SMPTE, NMOS or AES67 and time synchronization of massive data streams.

  • High bandwidth
  • Time synchronization
  • Programmability on open standards
  • QoS (e.g. metering)
  • Seamless switching

The new STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches are built for high-performance broadcast networking!


  • Based on Barefoot Networks’ fully P4-programmable Tofino ASIC
  • Seamless switching of video streams directly within the switch
  • High-performance components and redundancy for mission-critical use cases Built by broadcasting experts

The new Edgecore Cassini is designed to meet the most challenging data center requirements within a broadcast network. It enables optical transport for business-critical use cases such as

  • Broadcast Data Center Interconnect
  • Backhaul of access edge services
  • Metro Ethernet services
  • Long haul using ACO with appropriate DSP

The Cassini platform supports IP Infusion‘s switch operating system OcNOS™.


Allegro’s Network Analysing Multimeter – a multi-purpose real-time monitoring, analysing and debugging network tool


  • Debugging & Monitoring
  • Facilitated solving of SIP/DHCP/DNS problems
  • PCAP analysis
  • Analysis of performance issues
  • Detection and remedy of compatibility issues

 


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