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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/

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

 


Curious about how you can benefit from Opent Networking solutions as well? Get in touch with us and we will show you how.


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.

This 7-minute snippet from the 260th Packet Pushers Network Break podcast features Pica8’s Threshold architecture and AmpCon automation framework. It provides a quick overview of the features and puts it into perspective with other available options like Cisco’s DNA Centre. Enjoy listening and make sure to visit www.packetpushers.net for more networking insights.

Packet Pushers’ 260th Network Break takes a look at Pica8’s recently launched campus architecture Threshold™, including the automation framework AmpConTM to manage deployment, configuration, security and operational tasks within disaggregated enterprise network environments. Drew Conry-Murray and Greg Ferro from Packet Pushers and their guest, Brad Casemore, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC, are evaluating the capabilities of the open networking management platform in regards to usability, automation and pricing.

You can listen to the part on Pica8’s Threshold™ here:

 

If you would like to know more about Pica8, PICOS, and how Open Networking can help your company, then please contact us at enquiries@stordis.com

You will find the entire podcast episode at Packet Pushers.

About Packet Pushers

Packet Pushers is an independent community of IT practitioners and vendors who provide comprehensive content covering networking, data center design, virtualization, and general technology trends through different formats. The community is primarily built around a successful podcast, but they also operate a blog, a newsletter and a forum to share practical and technical information and evaluation. A major part of the work relies on sponsorship, enabling the members to perform essential research and ensure valuable and high-grade content.


Disclaimer: Please note that this podcast is not the property of STORDIS and we are therefore not liable for the expressed opinions. The podcast ‘Network Break 260: Pica8 Launches Campus Automation Framework; VMware Adds IPS To NSX’ is the property of Packet Pushers. STORDIS was not involved in the production of this podcast. The podcast was published initially by Packet Pushers on November 12th, 2019.

Pica8’s senior vice president of marketing, Jeff Paine, provided STORDIS with a detailed introduction to their AmpCon™ automation framework, which is integrated in the recently launched end-to-end open networking architecture Threshold™.

 

Back in very early 2012, Palo Alto, California-based Pica8 kick-started the open networking revolution when it shipped the world’s first Linux-based network operating system (NOS), called PICOS®, on a disaggregated bare-metal white box switch.  Since then, Pica8 has grown its market to thousands of customers across the globe, and, with the launch of the AmpConTMautomation framework, the company’s PICOS software has left its “NOS-on-a-box” roots to mature into a complete white box networking solution for enterprise campus and access networks of any size.  Now a PICOS-powered white box solution includes:

 

  • A centralized, single point of management
  • Automated deployment, configuration, monitoring, alerting and lifecycle management
  • GUI-based network-level system view
  • CLI-based switch-level management/control
  •  Centralized data collection for analytics/visibility

 

AmpCon – short for “Amplified Control” – is the world’s first, and only, automation framework that can deploy, configure and manage an entire enterprise network of white box switches.  As such, it creates the very first alternative that any enterprise has ever had to using the expensive automation solutions that they get from their traditional legacy networking vendors. Even better, to make sure that AmpCon delivers the full open networking value proposition, it is deliberately priced at a literal fraction of the cost of its legacy competitors, such as Cisco DNA Center.

 

In a 100-access-switch deployment scenario, for example, AmpCon would typically be priced at less than the sales tax of its Cisco DNA Center comparable solution.  What’s more, AmpCon is far, far easier to use.  So easy, in fact, that an intern with zero network programming experience can use AmpCon’s Quick-Start Mode to turn on and successfully configure thousands of white box switches at the push of a button.  And, unlike Cisco, AmpCon can either run on premises or in a public cloud (at no additional cost), and the AmpCon license has no limits to either the number of connected devices or the number of users.

 

AmpCon executes ZTP – zero touch provisioning via a GUI for white box switch provisioning.  It takes care of all Day 0 tasks – new switch turn-on, image load, switch config, license DB update, and so on – and Day 1 tasks, such as configuration validation, commit, rollback, and inventory.  AmpCon also manages security and operational tasks, including global/regional configurations, compliance, remediation, license maintenance, RMA, status monitoring, role-based access control (RBAC), as well as offering configurable security controls.

 

AmpCon offers particular value to customers, such as schools/colleges/universities and government agencies that have multiple locations but limited networking staff resources. PICOS and AmpCon are, of course, fully backwards-compatible, so Pica8 white box open networks can be incrementally deployed in existing networks as budgets and staff permit.

 

Pica8 and STORDIS

 

Global hardware and software support is also provided in a Pica8-powered white box network. Pica8’s key regional partners, such as STORDIS in Germany, will typically be the first line of support, with software issues escalated, if necessary, to Pica8’s global 24×7 support staff and hardware issues escalated to the white box manufacturers, again, on a 24×7 basis. 

 

To get more information on Pica8’s new AmpCon solution, please visit https://www.pica8.com/open-access-network-automation/or the company’s home page at www.pica8.com

 

This article was provided to STORDIS by Jeff Paine, senior vice president of marketing at Pica8.

This year’s IBC in Amsterdam was again a successful show and a great opportunity for us to connect with existing customers and prospects, to discuss the latest developments in media, entertainment and technology. It was exciting to see how the broadcasting industry leverages Open Networking architecture to face future requirements such as 8K, IP workflows and more. Beside innovative presentations, we were joined by valued partners and associates at our booth, where we promoted our broadcast network solutions and the new STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches.

SHOWCASED AT THE IBC2019:

IP Live Production Enviroment

Daniel Boldt from Meinberg talks about time and frequency equipment

We showed an IP LIVE PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT based on Open Networking and solutions from our partners such as Meinberg Time & Synchroization Devices from Germany.

Our visitors got the chance to learn more about Open Networking, which is a versatile alternative to existing closed, proprietary infrastructures.

 

 

Open Networking Solutions

Arun Paneri (NoviFlow) on the SDN-based switch operating system NoviWare at the STORDIS booth

Further highlights were the presentation of the innovative Edgecore Cassini platform and our STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches, which are built for high-performance broadcast networking.

It was a great pleasure to be supported by our partner Noviflow at the STORDIS booth. The NoviWare™ Network Operating System is the networking industry’s highest performance implementation of SDN, featuring Open, programmable match-action pipelines optimized for the Barefoot Networks 6.5 Tbps Tofino high-performance switching chipset.

NoviWare™ is a perfect match for the STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches and offers great functionality to broadcast network engineers.

 

+5000 high-quality products for mission-critical enviroments

Louis Caron from Embrionix presents SFP-based Gateways

STORDIS is a full service solution provider for disaggregated network environments in various fields of the industry, and you can discover a comprehensive portfolio of more than 5,000 high-quality Open Networking products from numerous renowned manufacturers in our SHOP, including products from Edgecore, NoviFlow, and Embrionix.

If you would like to know more about our solutions, the STORDIS Advanced Programmable Switches, or how we can enhance your network infrastructure, you are very welcome to contact ‘the Open Networking Expert‘ at enquiries@stordis.com

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.

 


Do you have any question or are curious how you could benefit from Open Networking? Get in touch with us and we will help you!


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.


Do you have any question or are curious how you could benefit from Open Networking? Get in touch with us and we will help you!


STORDIS is proud to be awarded the Edgecore Networks Corporation Partner Award for our outstanding efforts in bringing the Open Networking Revolution to Europe.

STORDIS CEO Alexander P. Jeffries gratefully accepted the award for shipping most open networking switches in Europe during 2017 at this year’s partner seminar. Edgecore Networks is a leading manufacturer of high-quality bare-metal switches. In combination with switch OSes like PICA8, Inc., Cumulus Networks, IP Infusion, Noviware from NoviFlow Inc., these switches can adapt to different use cases like Telco, Enterprise or Datacenter.

STORDIS is helping companies to find the best match of Edgecore hardware and the most fitting software since 2015. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you find yours as well.

Interesting article about Barefoot Networks on SDxCentral.

“One of Barefoot’s most-touted capabilities is that it enables programmability of the forwarding plane. “With the programmable chip what you can actually do is assign the resources to only the pieces you want (…)”, said Sylvanus “Prem” Jonnalagadda”. ” Tofino could also replace traditional load balancing. Layer 4 load balancing is typically done by appliances that are very expensive. But with Tofino that functionality can be embedded in the switch itself instead of having an expensive middle box.”

Would you like to know more about Barefoot, Tofino or the P4 Language Consortium (P4.org)? Then get in touch with us.

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