Edgecore Networks Contributes Design of Industry's Highest Bandwidth Modular Switch Platform to Open Compute Project

256-Port and 512-Port 100GbE Open Modular Platform Lowers Costs for
Data Center and Telecom Networks with the Flexibility of Open Networking

SAN JOSE, March 9, 2016 - OCP Summit - Edgecore Networks, the leader in open networking, today announced that it will open source through the Open Compute Project (OCP) the hardware design of the industry's first 100G open network modular switch, bringing the proven open technology benefits of choice, rapid innovation, and operator control to higher bandwidth infrastructure deployments in private and public cloud data centers and service provider networks.

The Open Modular Platform (OMP) is architected to support open source and commercial software options, and to integrate emerging network hardware technologies for lower capex, reduced power consumption, simplified cabling and reduced integration costs in high capacity, high bandwidth open networks.  Edgecore's initial design contributions of the Open Modular Platform are the OMP 800 system providing 256-ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and the OMP 1600 system providing 512-ports of 100 GbE or 2,048-ports of 25 GbE. 

'With increasing value being derived from innovative software-based approaches to open networking, network disaggregation and open standards-based network platforms are seeing increased traction across service providers and select enterprise segments,' said Rohit Mehra, VP Network Infrastructure, IDC.  'As a supplier of open network switches, Edgecore has an opportunity to deliver that value and further increase its market presence with a broader ToR and modular networking portfolio.'

Open Hardware and Open Software
The OMP system is based on a folded-Clos internal network design, with independent switching elements on its fabric cards and line cards, an integrated platform management framework, and open source Network Operating System (NOS) options.  Edgecore will offer the OMP 800 and OMP 1600 as commercial products as part of its complete product line of open network switches and access points.

The OMP systems support the disaggregated software model, and will support the following open source software:
• Open Network Install Environment (ONIE), the OCP universal NOS installer;
• Industry standard APIs and underlying platform code to make available hardware management data from the OMP systems;
• Open Network Linux (ONL), the OCP reference NOS, with forwarding agents available for OpenFlow™ and open API programming of leading switch silicon;
• OpenSwitch, the full-function Layer 2 and Layer 3 open source NOS with programmatic interfaces;
• Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), a collection of software networking components proposed by Microsoft as a contribution to OCP.

'Edgecore is delivering leaf and spine network solutions to data center operators, large enterprises and service providers, with our OCP-accepted open network switches and software solutions from partners and open source communities,' said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. 'Our Open Modular Platform offers a new class of open network hardware with unprecedented system switching capacity greater than 50 Tbps, which will lower capital equipment and integration costs, and bring the liberating benefits of open technology to new applications in data center and telecommunications networks.'

OMP 800 and OMP 1600 Features
The OMP 800 and OMP 1600 systems are the highest bandwidth open network platforms in the industry.  The same line cards, fabric cards, PSUs, and fans are used in two system configurations.
OMP 800 System
25.6 Tbps Switching Capacity
Maximum of 256 QSFP28 ports
Installable in 19' Standard or 21' Open Rack
10 RU
4 Fabric Cards
8 Line Card Slots
PSUs:  3+3, 3kW, 120/240VAC & 380VDC inputs

OMP 1600 System
51.2 Tbps Switching Capacity
Maximum of 512 QSFP28 ports
Installable in 21' Open Rack
20 RU
8 Fabric Cards
16 Line Card Slots
PSUs:  6+6, 3kW, 120/240VAC & 380VDC inputs

The OMP line cards provide 32 external QSFP28 ports, with each port capable of running at 100 GbE, 2x50 GbE, 40 GbE, 4x25 GbE, or 4x10 GbE with appropriate breakout cables. Each line card and fabric card is designed with two Broadcom StrataXGS?? Tomahawk™ Switch Series silicon switches and two CPU modules.  The OMP design supports the same x86 and PowerPC CPU modules as on the OCP-accepted Edgecore AS7700-32X 100GbE switches, in order facilitate software porting across a family of OCP switches.

The OMP system has been architected to support the design of additional line cards to integrate emerging network technologies, including for example, higher density 100 GbE switch silicon, high buffer switching for data center interconnect and telecom applications, emerging coherent optical and on-board optical technologies, and network processor and compute options for Virtualized Network Function (VNF) applications.  Edgecore's contribution of the Open Modular Platform design to OCP will enable operators, switch vendors, software partners and open source communities to collaborate in addressing new open network use cases with a flexible, modular and high bandwidth switch platform.

EdgeCore Leadership in Open Networking
As a sponsor of the OCP Summit in San Jose on March 9-10, Edgecore will be exhibiting the OMP 800 system and introducing the OMP designs in a presentation there on March 10 at 10:30am.  Edgecore will be exhibiting its product line of 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE OCP-accepted switches, and the following new products and design contributions announced at the Summit. 
• Edgecore design contribution to OCP of the high buffer AS5912-54X switch, for high performance ToR, data center interconnect and service provider edge use cases, with 48-ports of SFP+ 10GbE and 6-ports of QSFP28 100GbE, designed with Broadcom StrataDNX™ QumranMX switch silicon;
• The industry's first open WiFi Access Point and Power-over-Ethernet switch products from Edgecore, based on new design contributions to OCP, which bring open networking to access networks for enterprises and managed service providers;
• Wedge100 switch, with 32-ports of 100GbE, designed and contributed to OCP by Facebook, manufactured by Accton Technology (Edgecore's parent), and will be available from Edgecore as a commercial product;
• Open Optical Monitoring API demonstration based on Edgecore switch hardware, Cumulus®Linux® NOS, and optical transceivers and cables from Amphenol, Avago, and Finisar;
?X OpenSwitch, the open source NOS, demonstrated for the first time on 100GbE switches-- on the Edgecore AS7712-32X OCP-accepted switch based on Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk switch silicon in the Edgecore booth, and on Edgecore AS7512-32X OCP-contributed switch based on Cavium XPliant® switch silicon in the Cavium booth.

Supporting Quotes
 'Accton plays an important part in the OCP Networking Project, having contributed 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE switch designs, as well as becoming a charter member of the UNH-IOL Open Networking Test Services Consortium. They have also demonstrated leadership by implementing OCP software projects!XONIE, ONL, SAI, and Open Optical Monitoring API!Xacross their Edgecore switches. We welcome Edgecore's new contribution of the modular 100GbE switch platform design, which for the first time offers an open hardware platform capable of scaling to 256-ports and 512-ports of 100GbE to address high capacity networking requirements for web-scale and telecommunications infrastructures. The community behind the OCP Networking Project is looking forward to reviewing Edgecore's latest contribution and the opportunities it presents for further expanding the deployment of open networking.'  - 
Omar Baldonado and Carlos Cardenas, Co-Leads, OCP Networking Project
'EdgeCore has continued to lead the Open Compute networking segment with their 10G, 40G, 100G switches and now 100G chassis announcement.  We're happy to partner with them with Open Network Linux to provide top quality, open source software for this ecosystem.' !X
Rob Sherwood, CTO, Big Switch Networks

'Accton has been a leader in networking systems for decades.  Edgecore's contribution of an open, modular, high-scale networking platform to the Open Compute Project is not only an industry first but also an industry game changer.  Congratulations to the Edgecore team for taking this bold step!'  -
JR Rivers, CEO and co-founder, Cumulus Networks

'Network operators building today's cloud data centers are demanding greater flexibility, extensive enterprise and data center feature sets, higher degrees of scalability and modularity in order to create large-scale data centers which are much faster, simpler and more affordable than current solutions. True to the principles of the Open Compute Project, Edgecore's contribution of the Open Modular Platform delivers to the OCP community a platform that allows them to deploy data centers based on open technology more quickly. Along with OcNOS, IP Infusion's full-featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, network operators will be able to design more extendable and cost-effective data centers.'  -
Kiyo Oishi, CEO and President, IP Infusion

'High-Density 100-Gigabit networking is taking hold rapidly, especially in scale-out data centers, and Edgecore's new 256- and 512-port modular switches simplify Leaf/Spine topologies by delivering an easy path to 25-, 50-, and 100-Gigabit Ethernet in one product. Pica8's PicOS operating system will support large, high-speed Layer 2/Layer 3 and OpenFlow deployments on these switches. Whether using a CLI or a DevOps approach, open software on an industry leading platform will help build advanced networks.'  -
James Liao, CEO and Founder, Pica8 Inc.

About Edgecore Networks
Edgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Accton Technology, the leading network ODM.  Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for the Data Center, Service Provider, Enterprise and SMB customers.  Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking providing a full line of open WiFi access points and 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE OCP-accepted switches that offer choice of NOS and SDN software for data center, telecommunications and enterprise networks.  For more information, visit www.Edge-Core.com.

About Accton Technology
Accton Technology Corporation is a global premier provider of networking and communications solutions for top tier networking, computer, and telecommunications vendors. Leveraging its advanced hardware engineering, software applications and system design capability, Accton collaborates with its strategic partners to architect, develop and manufacture innovative, leading-edge network products. Accton's evolving core technology and its highly-qualified global workforce enable it to deliver superior distributed virtual network solutions that are affordable and robust. For more information about Accton and its subsidiaries, visit www.accton.com.

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