Edgecore Networks Introduces ‘Open’ Routers for Service Provider Networks

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This week at the OCP Regional Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the first European Summit for the Open Compute Project, Edgecore Networks has announced its ‘open’ designs for switch routers. These new routers are based on Broadcom merchant silicon and optimized for service provider edge, aggregation and core networks.

The Edgecore AS7926-40XK and AS7926-80XK service provider router designs provide 40 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports and 80 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports respectively, with deep packet buffers, TCAM for route scaling in carrier networks, synchronization features including IEEE1588 and SyncE, NEBS compliance, AC and 48VDC power options, and compatibility with standard long and short range pluggable optics required for edge and aggregation networks.

The service provider routers are based on Broadcom StrataDNX Jericho2 SOCs, a merchant silicon for carrier routers with 10 Tbps performance per device, PAM-4 SerDes to support 100GbE and 400GbE, and the traffic management, telemetry and protocol functions to enable a wide range of services.

“Through our work with service provider customers, and as significant technology contributors to OCP, TIP and ONF, Edgecore enables service providers to deploy open, disaggregated network infrastructures to meet demands for more services and bandwidth cost effectively,” said George Tchaparian, CEO of Edgecore Networks. “Our new series of service provider routers will extend open networking into aggregation and core network use cases. We are pleased to contribute the designs of the first 100G routers of this product line to OCP, and look forward to broadening the product line with 400G routers and distributed chassis designs for higher bandwidth applications.”

Top-of-Rack and Spine Switches

At the OCP Regional Summit in Amsterdam, Edgecore Nwtworks also announced the contribution to OCP of designs for ‘next generation’ top-of-rack and spine switches that extend Edgecore’s leading portfolio of open data center switches and optimize 25G/100G data center networks.

The Edgecore AS7726-56X top-of-rack switch provides 48 x 10/25GbE SFP28 ports, 2 x 10GbE SFP+ ports, and 8 x 100GbE QSFP28 uplinks. The AS7726-32X switch provides 32 x 100GbE QSFP28 ports for use as a top-of-rack or spine switch. Both open network data center switches are based on Broadcom StrataXGS Trident3 switch series silicon “providing more buffering, larger table sizes, and improved telemetry and programmability features.”

Compatibility and Availability

As with all Edgecore open network switches, the AS7926 family of service provider routers and the AS7726 family of data center switches provide network operators with open source software options including ONIE, Open Network Linux, the Open Optical Monitoring (OOM) API, the Redfish hardware management API, SONiC and Stratum.

The AS7926 family of service provider routers will be compatible with commercial NOS and SDN software from Arrcus, IP Infusion, Metaswitch and RtBrick. The AS7726 family of data center switches will be compatible with commercial NOS and SDN controller software from Arrcus, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks, IP Infusion, Pica8 and SnapRoute.

The AS7726 family of data center switches is sampling now with volume availability in Q4 2018. The AS7926 family of service provider routers will sample in Q4 with volume availability in Q1 2019.