|[May 07, 2014]
Accton Technology Joins Open Compute Project and Open Sources Designs for Top-of-Rack Switch and Open Rack Adapter
SAN ANTONIO --(Business Wire)--
Accton Technology Corporation, a leading network ODM, announced today
that it has joined the Open Compute Project (OCP (News - Alert)), and will open source
via OCP the design of a 10GbE top-of-rack switch and the design of an
adapter to allow standard 19" rack switches to function in an Open Rack.
Edge-Core Networks Corporation, Accton's go-to-market subsidiary, has
donated switch equipment to the Open Compute Certification and Solutions
Laboratory at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is partnering
with UTSA in their Cloud and Big Data Laboratory. Accton's and
Edge-Core's broad involvement in OCP and with open infrastructure
industry initiatives will provide customers with more choice of open
switches to deploy more easily managed and cost-effective data center
Accton is contributing hardware designs through OCP of the following
Edge-Core AS5712-54X Top-of-Rack Switch. The switch is a
cost-optimized hardware design for volume rack deployments, with
forty-eight 10GbE SFP+ and six 40GbE QSFP ports in a 1U form factor.
The switch is based on Broadcom's (News - Alert) StrataXGS®�Trident II
Ethernet Switch silicon, and has a CPU daughter module with an IntelTM
Atom® C2538 processor.
Open Rack Switch Adapter. The adapter is a mechanical sled that
enables any standard 19" rack-mountable 1U network switch to slide
into an Open Rack, with a means to secure the adapter to the Open Rack
and provide cabling to the 12VDC bus bar.
Complete design files for the hardware, including schematics, Gerber
files, and mechanical design files for the AS5712-54X switch will be
contributed by Accton when the designs are accepted by OCP.
"Edge-Core Networks offers a complete portfolio of data center
switches for top-of-rack and spine deployments, supporting 1GbE, 10GbE
or 40GbE," said George Tchaparian, Accton's SVP of Engineering.
"Accton's submission of the complete hardware design for a
cost-optimized top-of-rack switch, based on leading Broadcom® StrataXGS
Trident (News - Alert) II switch silicon, Intel x86 processor, and with the Open
Network Install Environment, demonstrates our commitment to provide open
Contributions to UTSA and OCP Laboratories
Edge-Core is supporting the UTSA Open Compute Certification and
Solutions Laboratory by donating bare-metal data center switches for use
by the newly formed laboratory in its OCP infrastructure and its
certification of bare-metal switches with ONIE. Edge-Core is a member of
ONIE.org and the entire portfolio of Edge-Core bare-metal switches ship
with ONIE, enabling the automated installation of independent switchOS
software from partners including Big Switch Networks (News - Alert), Broadcom, and
Edge-Core is also suporting the UTSA Cloud and Big Data Laboratory with
switches and technical support. "Edge-Core recognizes the importance
of partnering with switchOS providers, SDN software solution companies,
and data center and cloud infrastructure integrators to enable customers
to deploy our switches in a robust data center fabric," said Min
Chao, President of Edge-Core Networks. "The UTSA's work in providing
validation and research into open infrastructures based on OCP, SDN and
OpenStack technologies is extremely valuable to help make these
solutions deployable by the broad enterprise market."
Accton is a sponsor of the Open Big Cloud Symposium at UTSA on May 7-8,
and will be exhibiting the AS5712-54X and Edge-Core's complete portfolio
of data center switches at the event. Accton will be presenting the
specifications for its switch and open rack adapter design contributions
at the OCP Network Workshop meeting at UTSA on May 8.
Top-of-Rack Switch Design
The Edge-Core AS5712-54X switch, whose hardware design is being
contributed to OCP by Accton, is designed for top-of-rack or leaf switch
deployments, in a compact 1U form factor, mountable in a standard 19
inch rack or with the Open Rack Switch Adapter in an Open Rack. The
AS5712-54X provides forty-eight 10GbE SFP+ and six 40GbE QSFP ports, and
is based on Broadcom's StrataXGS�Trident II Ethernet Switch silicon,
which enables line rate performance with low latency, and on-chip
support for VXLAN and NVGRE tunneling protocols for network
virtualization. The switch has a CPU daughter module which includes an
Intel (News - Alert)TM Atom® C2538 processor, to enable software partners
and data center operators to run network operating systems, scripts and
applications built with standard Linux tools.
The AS5712-54X switch is designed with direct SERDES connections from
the Trident II Switch silicon, without PHY or retimer components, to
reduce cost, latency, and power consumption while maximizing
reliability. The switch has redundant power supplies with options
available for AC, 48VDC, or 12VDC power inputs, and redundant fans with
port-to-power or power-to-port airflow options. The AS5712-54X will be
available through Edge-Core channel partners as a bare-metal switch in
Open Compute Project
"We are excited to welcome Accton to the OCP community," said
Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Project
Foundation. "By contributing its top-of-rack switch and the Open Rack
adapter design to the foundation, Accton will further open up the data
center and lay the groundwork for greater flexibility and innovation to
be incorporated in future open switching solutions."
"Broadcom made the first design contribution to the OCP Network
group, and welcomes a submission by Accton of a top-of-rack switch
design that is optimized in configuration and cost for volume
deployments, while leveraging the leading performance and features of
the StrataXGS Trident II Ethernet silicon," said Sujal Das, director
of Product Marketing and SDN at Broadcom Corporation.
"Since our launch, Cumulus NetworksTM has
partnered with Accton to deliver customers choice, control, and
transparency in their data center, based our Linux network operating
system and Edge-Core bare-metal switches," said Reza Malekzadeh,
Vice President of Business, Cumulus Networks. "Accton's submission of
hardware designs to OCP and Edge-Core's contribution of switches to UTSA
laboratories will result in the availability of more open and robust
solutions for our joint customers."
Big Switch Networks
"It is exciting to see Accton's switch submission to the Open Compute
Project," said Rob Sherwood, CTO of Big Switch Networks. "Multiple
Edge-Core switches already support Big Switch's Switch Light SDN OS, and
we look forward to working closely with the Accton team to bring Open
Network Linux to additional switch platforms."
University of Texas at San Antonio
"Bare-metal switches from leading network ODMs are an important
enabler of the open cloud infrastructures based on OCP, SDN and
OpenStack that are the focus of the UTSA Cloud and Big Data Laboratory", said
Carlos Cardenas, Associate Director of Applied Research at UTSA.
"UTSA appreciates Accton's commitment to open infrastructure, its OCP
contributions, and Edge-Core's donation of switch equipment to UTSA."
About Edge-Core Networks
Edge-Core Networks is the go-to-market subsidiary of Accton. Edge-Core
delivers network solutions through channel partners worldwide that keep
information moving and connections strong for SMB, enterprise, data
center, and service provider customers. Additional information at www.Edge-Core.com.
About Accton Technology
Accton Technology Corporation is the industry's leading networking ODM
vendor. With more than 650 network engineers, worldwide operations, and
investments in network technology made over its 25 year history, Accton
develops and manufactures high performance and cost effective network
infrastructure products for data center, enterprise, and service
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