Ethernet takes another jump in speed. Yes, Edgecore have announced 400 gigabit Ethernet or 400GbE. The big reveal happened at this year’s Open Compute Summit in San Jose and will be the industry’s first 400G open design. Edgecore have contributed the specification and design package to the OCP foundation.
“Four years ago, Edgecore contributed the industry’s first OCP accepted network product, a 10G top-of-rack switch,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “Since then, we have contributed over 15 network product designs as open networking technology and deployments grew to include 25G/100G data center fabrics, deep-buffer data center interconnect switches, service provider access infrastructures, open modular chassis, and campus/branch/wireless networks. Now, Edgecore is introducing the industry’s first 400G open network switch, enabling network operators to respond to growing demands for network capacity, and increasing the bandwidth of open network switches by a factor of 40 over the past four years.”
What would you name such a switch? Well Edgecore Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corp, have gone with the AS9716-32X. It provides 32 x QSFP-DD ports, each capable of 400 Gigabit Ethernet and all in a 1u format. The switch, based on the Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk III, leverages the Intel Xeon Processor D control plane processor.
“Hyperscale cloud service providers led the way for the adoption of OCP-certified equipment with telco and tier-2 CSPs now moving to scale deployments with top drivers such as customization, power efficiency, and cost reduction,” said Cliff Grossner, PhD, senior research director and advisor of cloud and datacentre research practice for IHS Markit, a global business information provider. “Production shipments of 400G DC Ethernet switch ports will commence in 2019, and we forecast revenue to reach approximately $1.6 billion by 2022, signalling a strong need for 400G Ethernet switching. Edgecore’s contribution of their 400G switch design to OCP is one indication of the OCP community moving to address that need.”
OCP open networking ecosystem
The numerous developments to have come out of the Open Compute Project geared towards networking have created all the ecosystem you need to run your network. As with all Edgecore open network switches, the AS9716-32X supports OCP standards. This includes ONIE, Open Network Linux, the Open Optical Monitoring (OOM) API, and the Redfish hardware management API.
“We are pleased to see Edgecore release the 400G open networking switch and to share its design with the Open Compute Project community for mass market adoption,” said Prashant Gandhi, Chief Product Officer, Big Switch Networks. “This clearly demonstrates the rapid pace of innovation in whitebox switch hardware, delivering best-in-class performance at competitive price points. We look forward to certifying this switch for Open Network Linux and to on-board it for our SDN fabrics products to support emerging 100G/400G use cases in cloud/SAAS networks, deep learning, and high performance computing.”
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