Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Facebook Releases FBOSS Open Switching System

Facebook released its open switching system (code-named “FBOSS”) on GitHub. The initial release consists primarily of the FBOSS agent, a daemon that runs on each switch and manages the hardware forwarding ASIC. It receives information via configuration files and thrift APIs and then programs the correct forwarding and routing entries into the chip. It also processes packets from the ASIC that are destined to the switch itself, such as control plane protocol traffic, and other packets that cannot be processed solely in hardware. Facebook describes FBOSS as a set of applications that can be run on a standard Linux OS.

Facebook also said it is planning to contribute the specification for its top-of-rack switch (code-named “Wedge”) to the OCP networking project. Wedge top-of-rack switches use a single Broadcom Trident II ASIC for high-speed forwarding. Wedge will be available through Accton and its OEMs and channel partners.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/843620439027582/

Facebook Shows its Yosemite Open Source Modular

At the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, Facebook introduced its "Yosemite" open source, modular chassis for high-powered microservers.

Key design elements to the system:

  • A server-class SoC with multiple memory channels, which provides high-performance computing in 65W TDP for SoC and 90W for the whole server card.
  • A standard SoC card interface to provide a CPU-agnostic system interface.
  • A platform-agnostic system management solution to manage the system and these 4 SoC server cards, regardless of vendor.
  • A multi-host network interconnect card following OCP Mezzanine Card 2.0 specification, which connects up to 4 SoC server cards through a single Ethernet port.
  • A cost-effective, flexible, and easy-to-service system structure.
  • This system will be fully compatible with Open Rack, which can accommodate up to 192 SoC server cards in a single rack. 

Facebook is contributing the design to OCP.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1616052405274961/

HP Teams with Foxconn for Cloudline Servers

HP and Foxconn introduced a portfolio of basic, cost-focused and customizable compute platforms optimized for the Open Compute Project specifications as well as HP Helion OpenStack.  The companies formed a non-equity joint venture a year ago and this is their first product.

HP Cloudline servers, which are built on open-design principles, support open management tools and leverage common industry interfaces in hardware and firmware. The design goal is deployment and management at an extreme scale and integration into multi-vendor environments. Cloudline will feature multi-node, density-optimized servers with 2P, 1P and system on a chip (SoC) designs to deliver efficiency and low cost per node.

Qihoo 360, which provides Internet and mobile security products and services to 500 million monthly active PC Internet users and more than 640 million mobile users in China, has selected HP Cloudline.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/proliant-servers.html?compURI=1551682#tab=TAB4


  • HP recently unveiled a new "Altoline" open network switches that are produced by a joint venture between HP and Accton Technolog. The HP Altoline switches are loaded with Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) boot loader giving customers the option of using Cumulus Networks' Linux network OS.





Pacnet Deploys Infinera's Open Transport Switch to Virtualize Optical Network

Pacnet, which operates submarine cable systems connecting 15 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed Infinera’s new Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend virtualization into the optical layer of its network. Pacnet’s existing Intelligent Transport Network is based on the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform.


Infinera’s OTS is now deployed within the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), which is an SDN-based service delivery platform that offers Layer 2 Ethernet services on-demand from 1 megabit per second to 10 Gbps. PEN delivers scalable bandwidth and software-enabled intelligence, allowing customers to dynamically provision bandwidth in minutes through a custom portal based on their business needs.

The combination of Infinera's DTN-X platform with the new Open Transport Switch allows PEN to offer a Layer 1 transport bandwidth on-demand service in increments of N x 10 Gbps. It is designed to allow services in increments of N x 100 Gbps for high-capacity customers in the future. The deployment runs in Hybrid Control mode, with new services leveraging bandwidth under SDN control, while existing production services continue to operate using their Infinera DNA network management system.

Pacnet said it was able to get the new OTS capabilities up and running in its PEN platform in a matter of a few months.  Pacnet is shifting into a DevOps model and Infinera is designing its optical solution for this same IT mindset. The Infinera OTS software, which leverages an open web 2.0 architecture, abstracts and virtualizes the underlying multi-layer Intelligent Transport Network taking advantage of the highly scalable and software controllable DTN-X platform. OTS then presents modern, open application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable simple programming of the transport network by any SDN controller or orchestration system.  It runs on x86 Linux server.

“In November 2013, we launched the industry’s first fully-automated, SDN-based service delivery platform, Pacnet Enabled Network, on Layer 2 Ethernet. Today, we are excited to continue to lead through innovation by bringing this capability to our optical layer," said Jim Fagan, president, managed services at Pacnet. "With this deployment, Pacnet can deliver to our customers a true Cloud experience to better utilize our unrivalled network assets.”

“The production deployment of the Infinera Open Transport Switch to support Pacnet’s innovative new service demonstrates how an open networking approach, combined with a DevOps model, reduces time to market for new services,” said Stu Elby, senior vice president, Cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. “We believe the availability of the Infinera Open Transport Switch makes the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network the most programmable optical networking solution available, enabling our customers to rapidly develop new services with the SDN controller of their choice.”

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=444


In December 2014, Telstra announced plans to acquire Pacnet Limited, which owns and operates a pan-Asian submarine cable network and offers managed services and data center services to carriers, multinational corporations and governments across the region, for US$697 million acquisition is subject to completion adjustments. In addition to its submarine cables and 21 landing stations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, Pacnet’s core assets comprise an integrated network with 109 PoPs across 61 cities in the Asia-Pacific region, along with 29 data centers in key locations. Seven of the data centers have Tier III accreditation. In addition, Pacnet controls two of the five fibre pairs on the Unity trans-Pacific submarine cable network connecting Japan to the United States.

In the year ended December 2013, Pacnet generated revenues of US$472m and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$111m. Pacnet is headquartered in both Singapore and Hong Kong with approximately 815 employees across 25 offices (including PBS China).

OpenOptics MSA Contributes WDM Spec to Open Compute

The OpenOptics Multi-Source Agreement group is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project (OCP). The new specification enables data to be streamed at terabits per second over a single fiber.

The founders and supporters for the OpenOptics MSA for Highly Scalable Interconnect Solutions include Mellanox Technologies, RANOVUS, Ciena, Oracle, Vertilas, and Ghiasi Quantum. The MSA combines 1550 nm WDM laser and silicon photonics for optical networking solutions enabling the lowest cost, highest density, and highest bandwidth single mode fiber (SMF) connectivity, significantly improving terabit-scale data center infrastructure ROI.

“Previously, there was no standard for anything beyond 100 Gbps,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “Now, the OCP will have an architecture standard that scales to a terabit and beyond on existing fiber, substantially reduces the cost of hyperscale data center networks.”

“Our OpenOptics MSA collaboration with industry leaders has resulted in the definition of a cost effective and scalable solution for data center network connectivity,” said Saeid Aramideh, chief marketing and sales officer for RANOVUS. “Our agreement on this specification is a major milestone for our industry which we believe will accelerate the adoption of silicon-photonics-based WDM solutions for the data center market.”

“We are pleased to see Mellanox bringing their Open Optics submission to the OCP networking project,” said Frank Frankovksy, chairman and president, Open Compute Project. “Standards efforts like these help further the Open Compute vision for openness and a faster pace of innovation in network technologies.”

http://www.mellanox.com/page/press_release_item?id=1500
http://www.openopticsmsa.org/


  • The OpenOptics Multi-Source Agreement was established in 2014 to define 1550nm silicon photonics based QSFP optical transceiver for 100G data center networks on single mode fiber (SMF) infrastructure. 

Broadcom Releases Open Switch APIs

Broadcom released an Open Network Switch Library (OpenNSL) of APIs that enable the development of new applications on top of Broadcom StrataXGS switches.

The OpenNSL software platform map Broadcom's Software Development Kit (SDK) to an open north bound interface, enabling the integration of new applications and the ability to optimize switch hardware platforms. Examples include network monitoring, load balancing, service chaining, workload optimization and traffic engineering.

Broadcom said it is working with leading software developers on new network applications based on these OpenNSL APIs. In addition, Broadcom provides reference code for applications leveraging unique Broadcom switch functionality. The OpenNSL package supports a suite of network monitoring and analytics tools known as BroadView instrumentation for its Tomahawk and Trident II switches.

"We have been working closely with our partners on the OpenNSL project and expect continued support and growth of the community on this initiative," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Network Switch. "Our software is designed to give developers direct access to Broadcom's rich feature set, enabling a higher degree of programmability and providing better control and management of the network."

http://www.broadcom.com

Cumulus Extends ACPI Standard to Bare Metal Switches

Cumulus Networks has extended ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) to now support network OS integration with bare metal switches.

The company describes ACPI as a new standard for OS integration with servers, laptops and desktop computers.

The new expansion to this specification, called ACPI Platform Description, or APD, allows hardware providers to rapidly and more easily integrate network OSes, accelerating the proliferation of bare metal switches and providing customers choice of a broadened range of designs. The company also announced the Open Hardware program to accelerate the partner onboarding process and go-to-market collaboration.

Cumulus Networks contributed the Open Networking Install Environment, ONIE, to the Open Compute Project (OCP) to simplify OS loading. The company will now further the OCP goal of rapid innovation by contributing APD to the Project to simplify OS integration. Hardware vendors use APD to describe each platform to the network OS in a standard, machine-readable language. APD documentation and generic drivers will be contributed to the Linux kernel also, to give all network OS vendors the opportunity to speed time to market with hardware platforms.
“Great networking no longer requires a vendor-locked stack,” said Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Business, Cumulus Networks. “With APD for bare metal switches, networking is catching up with the server business. Now it’s all about cloud economics, speed of service delivery and a robust solutions ecosystem. This is a pivotal moment for the industry as open networking enters the mainstream. We’re pleased to announce Cumulus Linux support for APD along with our hardware partners.”

“The extension of the ACPI specification to networking allows hardware vendors to control their own time to market with bare metal switch offerings,” said Eli Karpilovski, Director of Product Marketing at Broadcom. “APD will enable shorter cycle time between the release of new switching technologies and the availability of hardware platforms to customers.”  

http://cumulusnetworks.com/
http://cumulusnetworks.com/press_releases/detail/2015039-cumulus-networks-extends-server-standard-to-networking-for-radically-faster-integration-of-switches-with-network-os/

SingleHop Acquires Server Intellect to Expand Private Cloud with MS Support

SingleHop, which provides hosted private clouds and managed hosting services, has acquired Server Intellect, a Microsoft gold certified provider of cloud server and managed hosting services.

SingleHop’s enterprise-focused private cloud offering has long supported VMware.  Through the acquisition, SingleHop can now support Microsoft’s Hyper V support and Azure offerings.

Server Intellect was founded in 2003 and is based in Orlando, Florida.

“Server Intellect brings an incredible amount of expertise in a wide range of Microsoft-based hosting technologies,” said Zak Boca CEO of SingleHop, “As a top-to-bottom Microsoft shop with an unparalleled level of experience with Microsoft Hyper-V, Server Intellect was the obvious choice for expanding SingleHop’s private cloud platform into the Windows ecosystem. There was an undeniable, innate synergy in our respective focus and mission that made the collaboration a natural fit.”

https://www.singlehop.com/

  • SingleHop claims more than 5,500 customers with data centers across the United States and Europe.


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