Showing posts with label Switching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Switching. Show all posts

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Dell'Oro: 3Q 2021 Campus Switch sales hit all-time high

The worldwide Campus Switch market revenue reached a record level in 3Q 2021, according to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group. Growth was mostly propelled by 1 Gbps, which reached a record level in shipments during the quarter, while NBase-T ports were down Y/Y.

“We have been predicting the demand in the market to remain strong, but what surprised us is the level of shipments and revenues that vendors were able to achieve during the quarter, despite ongoing supply challenges,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Director at Dell’Oro Group. “It appears, however, that these supply challenges are impacting the newer technologies more than the older ones, due to a less diversified ecosystem, and in some cases, a less mature supply chain,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 3Q 2021 Ethernet Switch – Campus Report:

  • Extreme, HPE, and Juniper each gained more than one point of revenue share in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
  • H3C outperformed the market and captured the revenue leading position in China
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports up strong double-digits and comprised 30 percent of the total ports

https://www.delloro.com/news/3q-2021-campus-switch-sales-catapulted-to-an-all-time-high-despite-supply-challenges/

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Arista intros 400G Switches at OCP Summit

Arista Networks introduced its next generation of 7050X and 7060X Series switches optimized for 400G networks.

Introduced at OCP 2021, the all new Arista 7388X5 continues the modular system innovation from the 7368X4 and is compliant to the OCP Minipack2 specifications, doubling performance with 30% improved power efficiency. The Arista's 7388X5 shares Meta’s Minipack2 goals of a choice of form factor that supports high density 200G and 400G links. Arista offers a choice of operating systems with enhancements and supports additional use cases with operational efficiency benefits that simplify cloud network designs.

The Arista 7060X5 systems are the highest density 400G options for leaf-spine architectures, offering next-generation performance at the lowest power consumption and leverages the latest Broadcom 25.6Tbps silicon. With up to 64 ports of 400G in 2U, the 7060DX5-64S delivers 10.6Bpps that can be flexibly used in 100G, 200G and 400G environments.

“We are seeing customers of all sizes show interest in the next generation of 400G systems that provide incremental improvements without sacrificing backward compatibility. The Arista 7050X4 and 7358X4 are the latest in the long line of systems built around the Broadcom Trident chipsets that have delivered 20 times the performance increases over the last 10 years,” said Anshul Sadana, Chief Operating Officer at Arista Networks.

The 7050X4 Series 32 x 400G and 7358X4 Series 128 x 100G / 32 x 400G systems enable large enterprise and service provider customers to unlock the potential of 400G. 

Arista says the new systems provide a smooth evolution to higher performance without disruption to existing architectures and increase network capacity by 4 times over the previous generation. All parts of the 7358X4 are field replaceable, simplifying deployment and leveraging the same common equipment and modules as the Arista 7368X4 Series, accelerating the migration to 400G data center networks with up to 32 ports of 400G in 4RU with pay-as-you-grow flexibility.

The 7050X4 and 7358X4 feature:

  • Enhanced network telemetry to detect and address congestion hotspots in real time
  • Traffic management enhancements tuned for RoCE and NVMEoF workloads
  • Support for 10G to 400G to ease the transition to higher performance compute

The new 7050X4 and 7358X4 are available in Q1 2022. The 7050X4 is available in a choice of two port configurations supporting 32 ports of 400G OSFP or QSFP-DD in 1RU. The 7358X4 modular system provides a choice of 25G, 100G and 400G ports.

Arista 7060X5 and 7388X5 doubles performance from the 7060X4 and 7368X4 in a choice of form factors:

  • 64 x 400G in 2U fixed or 128 x 200G in 4U modular systems 
  •  Increase network radix by a factor of 2 or allow the migration to 200G

The 7388X5 and 7060X5 will be available in 1H 2022, with customer testing currently in progress. Pricing starts at $1800 / 400G.

https://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/13400-pr-20211109


Meta deploys Cisco for Wedge400C Top of Rack (TOR) switch

At the tenth annual OCP Summit in San Jose, Cisco confirmed that Meta is deploying its Cisco Silicon One Q200L device along with the Wedge400C Top of Rack (TOR) switch. Cisco Q200L uses 7nm technology to provide a 12.8 Tbps solution for web scale switching and routing. The 12.8 Tbps Wedge400C supports up to 16 ports of 400G and 32 ports of 200G.

Meta worked with Cisco to develop and deploy two new next-generation TOR switches. The latest versions of Meta’s Wedge TOR, the Wedge 400 and 400C, offer higher front panel port density, and greater performance for AI and machine learning applications, while also enabling future expansions. The Wedge 400 and 400C have several improvements over the Wedge 100S, including 4x the switching capacity (upgraded from 3.2 Tbps to 12.8 Tbps), 8x the burst absorption performance, and a field-replaceable CPU subsystem.

“Cisco Silicon One is uniquely positioned in the industry to provide a common architecture across the entire network, enabling massive operational efficiencies for our customers,” said Rakesh Chopra, Cisco Fellow, Common Hardware Group Architecture and Platforming, Cisco. “The Q200L is an important part of Cisco’s expanding Silicon One product family and as part of our overall disagg component model, it provides Meta a building block to innovate on top of, at hyperscale efficiency and scale.”

https://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=2207937

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Aruba's new category of data center switch powered by Broadcom + Pensando

Aruba unveiled a new category of spine-leaf data center switch powered by Broadcom's Trident 3 switching silicon and Pensando Elba (7nm) DPU processors, which extend intelligent services into the data center network fabric.

Aruba's CX 10000 Series Distributed Services Switch leverages the Broadcom silicon for data center L2/3 switching and the Pensando programmable DPU silicon to deliver software-defined stateful services inline and at scale. Advanced services enabled by the DPU include distributed stateful segmentation, east-west firewalling, NAT, encryption, and telemetry services. 



The Aruba CX 10000 will be generally available in January 2022 with pricing starting at $45,000 USD which will include accelerated Stateful Firewall, Zero Trust Segmentation, ERSPAN, Telemetry, and DDoS protection.

Aruba said its new switch enables the advanced networking and security services where it is impractical and costly to force traffic back and forth across the network to a centralized policy enforcement point. Instead, enterprises can now simply apply these services at the network access layer edge where the applications are running. Key initial use cases include:

  • On-premises Enterprise Data Centers and Private Cloud - optimizes network bandwidth and performance by not having to hair-pin local traffic to a centralized chokepoint, helping improve security posture while limiting appliance sprawl, complexity and cost.
  • Co-location Edge – Securely Interconnecting Cloud Providers -  edge routing, line-rate encryption, firewall and NAT, with end-to-end telemetry for public cloud dedicated connections from either on-premises or co-location data centers. This solution radically lowers the total cost of ownership, provides an optimized security architecture​ and reduces an organization’s IT blast radius and risk.

“Markets in transition create new opportunities for disruption. As the Cloud moves to the Edge, distributed services are disrupting everything from AI/ML, to 5G and virtualization,” said John Chambers, chairman of Pensando, CEO of JC2 Ventures, and former CEO of Cisco Systems. “This new category – the Distributed Services Switch, enabled by Pensando software-in-silicon, makes the process of deploying distributed services, previously only available to hyperscalers like AWS, in the enterprise both simple and more cost-effective. By eliminating legacy appliances and host software, enterprises can deliver 100x the scale and 10x the performance at 1/3 the TCO of traditional approaches.”

Aruba also notes that the new switch complements the previously announced Pensando Distributed Services Platform (DSP) for HPE Servers, delivered as a factory option in HPE ProLiant servers, HPE Apollo systems, and HPE Edgeline Converged Edge systems.

The Aruba CX 10000 extends the implementation of these intelligent services into the data center network fabric, addressing a wider range of use cases including brownfield deployments or infrastructure agnostic/heterogeneous environments to complement or augment SmartNIC deployments. As part of the joint relationship, Pensando also gains access to HPE’s patent portfolio through its Defensive Patent Purchase Program.

“Today’s announcement further extends the partnership between HPE and Pensando – by incorporating Distributed Services from Pensando into the industry-leading Aruba switching platform, the elimination of legacy technologies needed to build a zero-trust private cloud has never been easier or more cost-effective,” said Prem Jain, CEO at Pensando Systems. “I look forward to continuing our relationship and to bringing additional solutions to market.”

https://hpe.events.cube365.net/hpe/aruba-pensando

HPE CEO Antonio Neri and John Chambers discuss the announcement.

https://hpe.events.cube365.net/hpe/aruba-pensando

Are next-gen SmartNICs gaining traction with top cloud providers?

https://youtu.be/fEEFyIJYzXIIn this video, Prem Jain, co-founder and CEO of Pensando, discusses SmartNIC adoption trends by major cloud providers. Hot topics include bare-metal-as-a-service acceleration and virtualized storage. For more insights from industry thought leaders check out: https://nextgeninfra.io/VMware's Project Monterey for SmartNICs - Pensando's perspectiveWednesday, September 30, 2020  Pensando, SmartNICs  Pensando...

Pensado emerges from stealth, led by "MPLS" team from Cisco

Pensando Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its first product -- a software-defined edge services platform that was developed in collaboration with the world’s largest cloud, enterprise, storage, and telecommunications companies. Pensando ("thinking" in Spanish) is led by Cisco’s legendary “MPLS” team — Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, Soni Jiandani and Randy Pond. Hewlett Packard Enterprise...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Juniper's new 25.6 Tbps data center switch matched with Apstra automation

Juniper Networks unveiled its QFX5700 Series Switch, a midsize, 25.6 Tbps chassis-based system on Broadcom Trident 4 programmable merchant silicon.

The 5RU platform supports a mix of 10G/25G/40G/50G, 100G, 200G and 400G line cards supporting a variety of interfaces, all available with inline MACsec/IPsec. The QFX5700 is aimed at a variety of data center use cases, including those migrating to 100G/400G.

Michael Bushong, VP of Data Center Product Management at Juniper Networks, says the company is evolving its solution portfolio around the Apstra intelligence with the goal of connecting the elements of the data center into an intent-based, self-driving system. The idea is to leverage Apstra blueprints and telemetry to identify when a task needs to be invoked, how it should best be executed and whether it accomplished the desired intent. The company reports a strong uptake in Apstra deployments since acquiring the company earlier this year.

https://blogs.juniper.net/en-us/enterprise-cloud-and-transformation/juniper-networks-advances-data-center-operations-with-next-generation-modular-switch

Juniper completes Apstra acquisition

Juniper Networks completed its previously-announced acquisition of Apstra, a leader in intent-based networking and automated closed-loop assurance. 

The Apstra team is now part of Juniper’s Data Center business and Apstra CEO and co-founder, David Cheriton, joins Juniper as Chief Data Center Scientist.

Apstra offers an intent-based network operating system for simplifying the management of data center networks. Intent-Based Networking (IBN) is a closed-loop, continuous validation approach to designing, deploying and managing infrastructure. Apstra automatically generates and deploys full configuration of all devices based on a service description, and continuously provides assurance checks between the intended and operational state. Apstra’s multivendor integrations extend its closed loop automation and analytics to customers independently of their underlying infrastructure, including those running SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud). 

Juniper said the acquisition expands its commitment to open programmability, adding to its portfolio of solutions that includes powerful switching platforms with native SONiC integration and a deployment-hardened, cloud-native routing stack for the SONiC ecosystem.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Dell'Oro: Data Center switch demand exceeding supply

Global Data Center Switch revenue were up 7 percent year-over-year in 2Q 2021, marking the second consecutive quarter of revenue growth, according to a recent report from Dell'Oro Group. Arista, Juniper, Star-Net Ruijie outpaced the market and were able to gain revenue share during the quarter.


“It is encouraging to see the robust sales performance being broad-based across all major regions, and customer segments: Cloud Service Providers (SPs), Telco SPs, and Large Enterprises,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group.

 “Nevertheless, despite these strong results, it is important to note that demand outpaced supply and that sales would have been even stronger had the global semi-conductor industry not been constrained. We expect demand to remain robust in 2H21 but further tightening in the supply chain may hinder market performance,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2021 Ethernet Switch – Data Center Report:

  • H3C climbed to the leading position in China in 2Q 2021
  • Stockpiling behavior from some Cloud SPs resulted in share shifts in the 100 Gbps segment.
  • Interest in 400 Gbps from enterprises and small Cloud SPs is slowing down but major hyperscalers are still on track for accelerated adoption in 2H21.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

IDC: Switching revenues rise 11% while routing dip 0.5% in Q2

The worldwide Ethernet switch market recorded revenues of $7.4 billion in the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21), an increase of 10.8% year over year, while worldwide enterprise and service provider (SP) router market revenues declined 0.5% year over year in 2Q21 to $3.9 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker.

"IDC witnessed a strong start to 2021 for the global Ethernet switch market, as macroeconomic conditions improved and a growing number of organizations worldwide demonstrated perseverance and digital resilience in the face of the rolling challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Brad Casemore, research vice president, Datacenter and Multicloud Networks at IDC. "Enterprises made notable investments in their campus networks, while hyperscalers and other providers of cloud services continue to drive growth in high-bandwidth datacenter switching."

Highlights from IDC

Switching

The Ethernet switch market's annualized growth of 10.8% builds upon the 7.6% growth in the first quarter of 2021. For the first half of the year, Ethernet switch revenues are up 9.3% over 2020. Compared to the second quarter of 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic – revenues increased 3.8%.

From a geographic perspective, the 2Q21 Ethernet switch market had strong results across most parts the world. In Asia/Pacific, the People's Republic of China revenues grew 11.6% year over year while Japan's market increased 8.3%. More broadly in the Asia/Pacific region, excluding China and Japan, the market rose 20.5% year over year in the quarter, buoyed by the market in Singapore growing 58.2% annually. In Europe, results were mixed: Western Europe's market rose 23.1% year over year with strength from France, which grew 39.3%. Central and Eastern Europe's market was essentially flat at 0.5% growth with Russia declining 4.8%. In the Middle East & Africa, the market increased 2.6% year over year. Across the Americas, revenues in the United States rose 6.2%, Canada's market fell 1.0%, and Latin America's market increased 8.1% year over year with Mexico rising 15.8% compared to a year earlier.

Overall port shipments increased 28.4%, driven by strength in the non-datacenter portion of the Ethernet switch market. Non-datacenter Ethernet switch revenues grew 17.7% in 2Q21 with port shipments increasing 36.1%. The non-datacenter ethernet switch portion of the market makes up 88.6% of port shipments and 58.5% of total market revenues with the balance of revenues and port shipments in the datacenter portion of the market. In the datacenter segment, revenues rose 2.4% year over year, while port shipments declined 10.6%.

The higher-speed segments of the Ethernet switch market continue to see significant growth, driven by hyperscalers and cloud providers. Market revenues for 200/400 GbE switches grew 132.5% from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2021, with port shipments more than tripling (+206.0%) on a sequential basis. 100GbE revenues increased 15.4% on an annualized basis, while port shipments rose 11.4% year over year. 25/50 GbE revenues increased 25.6% year over year while port shipments rose 1.3%.

Lower-speed switches, a more mature part of the market, saw mixed results. 10GbE port shipments rose 3.1% year over year, but revenue declined 8.4%. 10Gb switches make up 23.4% of the market's total revenue. 1GbE switches increased 33.2% annually in port shipments and 14.4% in revenue. 1GbE accounts for 35.9% of the total Ethernet switch market's revenue. 2.5/5GbE revenue increased 25.3% sequentially from 1Q21 to 2Q21, while port shipments rose 26.6% quarter over quarter.

Router Market

The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market declined 0.5% year over year in 2Q20 with the major service provider segment, which accounts for 76.7% of revenues, falling 0.8% and the enterprise segment increasing 0.4%. From a regional perspective, the combined service provider and enterprise router market increased 15.7% in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan & China). Japan's market increased 4.9% while the People's Republic of China market was down 14.4% year over year. Revenues in Western Europe grew 3.3% year over year, while in Central and Eastern Europe the combined enterprise and service provider market was flat. The Middle East & Africa region grew 4.3%. In the U.S., the enterprise segment was down 4.8%, while service provider revenues increased 7.8%, giving the combined markets a 4.6% increase on an annualized basis. The Latin America market grew 1.0% on an annualized basis and Canada's market increased 2.2% year over year.

Company highlights

  • Cisco finished 2Q21 with a 4.5% increase in overall Ethernet switch revenues and market share of 44.1%. Cisco's combined service provider and enterprise router revenue grew 2.4% year over year with enterprise router revenue decreasing 9.8% and SP revenues increasing 10.1%. Cisco's combined SP and enterprise router market share stands at 34.2% in the quarter.
  • Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue increased 3.5% on an annualized basis, giving the company market share of 11.1%. The company's combined SP and enterprise router revenue declined 8.5% year over year, giving the company a market share of 33.4%.
  • Arista Networks saw Ethernet switch revenues increase 31.6% in 2Q21, bringing its share of the total market to 7.5%.
  • H3C's Ethernet switch revenue increased 10.6% year over year, giving the company market share of 7.0% in the quarter. In the combined service provider and enterprise routing market, H3C's revenues increased 32.6%, giving the company 2.5% market share.
  • HPE's Ethernet switch revenue increased 46.4% year over year, giving the company a market share of 6.7%.
  • Juniper's Ethernet switch revenue increased 23.3% year over year in 2Q21, bringing its Ethernet switch market share to 3.1%. Juniper saw a 3.9% decline in combined enterprise and SP router sales, bringing its market share in the router market to 9.8%.

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS48222221

Dell'Oro: Campus switch sales surge 15% yoy in Q2

The worldwide Campus Switch market revenue surged in 2Q 2021, growing 15 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The last time we saw such a robust performance was back in 4Q 2018 when Cisco initiated its Catalyst 9K refresh cycle.


“Although a favorable comparison with the year-ago period may have played a role in this rebound, it is very encouraging to see a broad-based growth across all major regions; enterprises of all sizes (from large to small); and nearly all industry verticals, including those that have been hit hard by the pandemic such the hospitality sector,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Director at Dell’Oro Group. “This is an improvement from the prior quarter where the recovery has been driven mostly by government stimulus that benefited mainly the public sector,” added Boujelbene.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2021 Ethernet Switch – Campus Report:

  • The year-over-year growth was broad-based across nearly all vendors, including those with high exposure to the low-end market.
  • Despite the robust growth, supply constraints impacted to some degree certain products and vendors. A more pronounced impact may manifest in the second half of the year.

https://www.delloro.com/news/the-campus-switch-market-roars-back-in-2q-2021/


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Dell'Oro: SP router and switch market dipped in 2Q21

 The worldwide Service Provider Router and Switch market declined with a low single-digit revenue decrease in 2Q 2021, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The market contraction was primarily the result of a reduction in revenue in China that offset growth in all other regions.


“The demand for routers in China declined in the second quarter as 5G transport buildouts slowed, but we think this was a temporary situation that a strong rebound is likely in the second half of the year,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “The good news is that revenue from all other regions increased in the second quarter, and service provider router spending for the first half of 2021 have climbed above pre-pandemic levels,” added Umeda.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2021 Service Provider Router and Switch Report:

  • Cisco remained the top-ranked vendor for market share, followed by Huawei, Nokia, and Juniper.
  • The Service Provider Core Router market is on track to grow at a double-digit rate in 2021, led by the adoption of 400 Gbps technologies.
  • Supply constraints have not had a significant effect on the Service Provider Router and Switch market through the first half of 2021.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Aruba expands its flagship CX Switching portfolio

Aruba announced a new set of capabilities and solutions for Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) as well as an expansion of its flagship CX Switching portfolio to include two new series of switches.

Updates include new AIOps, IoT and security features for Aruba Central – the cloud-native, AI-powered network management and analytics platform that sits at the heart of Aruba ESP – as well as additions to the Aruba CX Switching portfolio that are purpose-built for the Intelligent Edge. 

The switching expansion includes: 

  • The Aruba CX 4100i , a family of ruggedized switches designed to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh environments, well-suited for industrial IoT applications that require always-on PoE and high-performance wired connectivity
  • The Aruba CX 6000, a cost-effective, layer 2 solution purpose-built for remote offices and the SMB market.

“The developments of the past year have shown us that the distributed enterprise is here to stay, especially as organizations seek ways to maximize flexibility and build resiliency into their businesses in order to adapt quickly to whatever challenges may arise,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst and practice director at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Our research has shown that enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation initiatives and prioritizing projects that enhance productivity, security and collaboration, however, these highly distributed environments create more IT complexity. Therefore, there’s a real appetite in the market for technologies and solutions that leverage data and automation to increase agility and streamline operations.”

https://news.arubanetworks.com/



Thursday, June 3, 2021

Broadcom broadens portfolio of fiber optics, PHY, switching for 100/200/400/800G

Broadcom has expanded its portfolio of 100Gb, 200Gb, 400Gb, and 800Gb electro-optics platform solutions for data center and cloud networks. 

The rollout includes the first 100Gb PAM-4 VCSEL and multi-mode kit, proven 112Gb PAM-4 PHY with direct-drive technology, and uncooled 100Gb PAM-4 EML capability. The expanded portfolio complements Broadcom’s 12.8-Tbps Tomahawk 3 and 25.6-Tbps Tomahawk 4 switch platforms. Highlights:

100G PAM-4 VCSEL Kit and Uncooled EML

  • More than 10M channels of 50Gb VCSEL deployed in cloud data centers
  • Complete 100Gb MMF kit including VCSEL, PD, driver, and TIA addressing fast growing cloud demand
  • Expanding production of uncooled 100Gb EML to meet low power dissipation and system cost requirements for hyper-scale applications
  • Advanced 200Gb EML optics available in second half of 2021 to address cost and power consumption challenges for next generation 800Gb and 1.6Tb data center applications
  • New optical components for 4x100Gb MMF kit targeting 400Gb and 800Gb applications:
    • VCSEL: AFCD-V84LP
    • PD: BPD3056-4
    • Driver: AFSI-N94C4S2
    • TIA: AFSI-R94C4S2
  • New optical components for 100Gb/lane SMF kits:
    • EML: 283QT1xx for 100/200/400/800Gb application
    • TOSA: TX-E1x112-SU131 for 100Gb DR1 application

112Gb/56Gb PAM-4 PHY

  • Industry-leading DSP performance and power efficiency enabling MMF and SMF optical transceivers to meet IEEE and all optical module MSA specifications
  • Client-side interoperability with Broadcom merchant switch devices using proven industry leading 28-Gbaud and 56-Gbaud SerDes architecture and flexibility to support either 56-Gb/s or 112-Gb/s PAM-4 physical lanes
  • Option to support direct drive capability from the PHY for 50-Gb/s per lane and 100-Gb/s per lane eliminating the need for an external laser driver
  • Key PHY product families
    • BCM874xx/871xx -- Centenario family with 50-Gb/s per lane client side to 100-Gb/s per lane for optical line side interfaces
    • BCM878xx -- Portofino family with 100-Gb/s per lane client side and 100-Gb/s per lane for optical line side interfaces 
    • BCM875xx -- Estoque family with 50-Gb/s per lane client side and 50-Gb/s per lane for optical line side interfaces

Broadcom will demonstrate multiple products based on 112Gb PAM-4 PHY with 100Gb PAM-4 EML and 100Gb PAM-4 VCSEL technologies running on Broadcom’s Tomahawk switch platform at the 2021 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) from June 7th to 11th. 

Additionally, Broadcom is showcasing its latest 100Gb, 200Gb, 400Gb and 800Gb electro-optics platform solutions in the Broadcom OFC Virtual Exhibit.

“Broadcom offers a complete line of PAM-4 PHYs with direct drive capability that reduce power and cost while enhancing the ease of deployment,” said Vijay Janapaty, vice president and general manager of the Physical Layer Products Division at Broadcom. “Broadcom’s portfolio of optimized solutions for a wide range of optical and line card applications at both 50G/lane and 100G/lane enable customers to rapidly deploy leadership networking solutions to meet the demanding growth of hyperscale cloud datacenters.”

https://www.broadcom.com/company/news/product-releases/54656

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Juniper extends its multivendor Intent-based automation to VMware NSX, SONiC

Juniper Networks announced version 4.0 of Apstra software, the multi-vendor, intent-based data center networking solution acquired earlier in the year.


Apstra 4.0 brings new support for VMware NSX-T 3.0 and Enterprise SONiC, in addition to previously supported data center switching from Juniper, Nvidia (Nvidia Cumulus), Arista Networks and Cisco Systems. The Apstra software also has new intent extensions and connectivity templates that provide a more simple and flexible way of connecting attached systems. Additionally, Juniper is offering Apstra with Juniper Networks QFX Series switches and SRX Series Services Gateways.

Juniper underscored its commitment to preserving Apstra as an open and multi-vendor system. Customers can scale with the Apstra software, removing hardware and operational constraints and accelerating data center evolution.

“Organizations are looking for new ways to enhance the experience of users and operators in the data center,” said Mike Bushong, VP Data Center, Juniper Networks. “Our Apstra software provides the perfect foundation by delivering closed-loop automation, analytics and assurance for intent-based networking across vendors. In operations, speed is nothing without control, and with the newest Apstra extensions and multi-vendor solutions, teams can make changes more quickly with predictable outcomes.”

See video: 

https://youtu.be/DMqkRkiaZPg



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Innovium shipped over one million 400G ports in 2020

Innovium, a start-up offering high-performance switching silicon, shipped over one million 400G TERALYNX switch silicon ports in 2020. 

The company said it is seeing a rapid ramp of 400G connectivity by top cloud customers using its TERALYNX based switches. 

“2020 was a great year for Innovium. Demand for bandwidth accelerated across all cloud data centers driven by worldwide growth in online businesses, remote everything and digitization efforts,” said Rajiv Khemani, Co-founder and CEO of Innovium. “We are delighted to have enabled cloud customers ramp their data center networks with 400G connectivity with our data center optimized and proven TERALYNX switch silicon. We shipped significantly more 400G ports than system vendors, and look forward to supporting OEMs and cloud customers with our highly robust, differentiated silicon.”

“We are excited to have partnered with Innovium to help customers ramp data center networks with 400G connectivity to meet their insatiable appetite for bandwidth from drivers such as cloud native applications, AI and HPC,” said Osa Mok, Chief Marketing Officer of Innolight Technology. “We look forward to continuing our partnership as we introduce 800G optics modules that will be used for next-generation of data center build-outs with Innovium’s 25.6T TERALYNX 8.”

https://www.innovium.com/

Innovium raises $170 million for its switching silicon

Innovium, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $170 million for its switching silicon solutions cloud and edge data centers. The new funding round included investments from Premji Invest, DFJ Growth, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, and multiple strategic investors, along with existing investors including Greylock, Capricorn, WRVI, Qualcomm Ventures, Redline, S-Cubed Capital and DAG . Innovium said this latest funding makes...

Innovium pushes switching silicon to 25.6 Tbps with support for 112G PAM4

Innovium unveiled its TERALYNX 8 networking switch silicon featuring a massive 25.6 Tbps capacity and support for 112G PAM4 SerDes I/O. This next-generation TERALYNX 8 design features deep programmability, the largest on-chip buffers, and advanced telemetry capabilities. Innovium's TERALYNX 8 switch, which is aimed at hyperscale data centers and which is expected to sample in the second half of 2020, could be used for highly compact, highest port-density...

Innovium reports multiple customers for 400G production networks

Innovium reports that multiple cloud and data center customers are deploying its 12.8Tbps TERALYNX 7 based switches together with Innolight optics for 400G production networks. Customers were not named. “Massive growth in Data, AI and 5G is driving the need to scale data center networks. Leading data center customers are deploying Innovium 12.8Tbps switches together with Innolight’s comprehensive portfolio of 400G optical transceivers to scale their...


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Xsight Labs samples 25.6T data center switch chip with 100G SerDes

Xsight Labs, a fabless semiconductor start-up based in Israel, emerged from stealth to announce sampling of a 25.6T 32 x 800G data center switch and a 12.8T 32 x 400G data center switch based on 100G PAM4 SerDes.

The company's X1 switch chip, which is now sampling to alpha customers, is fabricated in 7nm silicon. 

Some highlights: 

  • The X1 chip operates at less than 300W for 25.6T and under 200W for 12.8T (for typical data center use cases)
  • Built with256 x 100G LR PAM4 SerDes, X1 enables retimer-less design, supporting in-rack DAC connectivity for the 100G ecosystem. 
  • X1 supports the new 800G optics ecosystem, delivering a 2x improvement in port density vs. 400G optics.
  • X1 leverages a fully shared buffer architecture with wire speed in-cast performance for worst-case microburst absorption.
  • X1 supports an extensive suite of programmable Dataplane Telemetry that enables visibility into the network for monitoring, troubleshooting and real-time analysis and decision making.

Supports a broad range of switch configurations: 

  • 25.6T: 256 x 100G, 128 x 200G, 64 x 400G, 32 x 800G
  • 12.8T: 256 x 50G, 128 x 100G, 64 x 200G, 32 x 400G, 16 x 800G

“Xsight Labs is the first in the world to sample a monolithic 7nm switch silicon that is on the frontier of the 100G SerDes ecosystem,” said Erez Shaizaf, Xsight Labs’ Co-Founder and Switch General Manager. “It is a true testament to the caliber of engineering talent that we have been able to assemble and we, as a team, are extremely proud of our execution.”

“The X1 family architecture has been built from the ground up to incorporate a unique set of value-added features like Application Optimized Switching, X-PND™, and X-IQ™, enabling customers’ switch deployments to achieve optimized latency and power,” said Gal Malach, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Xsight Labs.

https://xsightlabs.com/

 

  • Xsight Labs was co-founded by Guy Koren (CEO), who previously was CTO of EZchip Technologies (acquired by Mellanox in 2016 for $811M); Erez Shaizaf (GM of Switch Product Line), who previously was Vice President of Silicon at Mellanox and Director of VLSI at EZchip Technologies and Freescale; and Gal Malach (CTO), who previously was previously was Lead Architect and Director of VLSI at Mellanox, through the EZchip Technologies acquisition, where he drove architecture definition and execution.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Dell'Oro: Campus switch revenue returned to growth in Q3

Worldwide campus switch revenue recovered after two consecutive quarters of high single-digit decline, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Huawei, HPE, H3C, and Arista Networks drove most of the growth in 3Q 2020 and comprised more than 28 percent of the market sales, up nearly three percentage points year-over-year (Y/Y).

Additional highlights from the 3Q 2020 Ethernet Switch – Campus Report:

The revenue recovery was broad-based across all major regions: North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific, with the majority of the growth driven by North America.

5/5.0 Gbps port shipments were up 60 percent Y/Y, surpassing 1.5 M ports during the quarter as the pandemic is accelerating the adoption of higher speeds and new technologies.


“Government funding around the world and particularly in North America propelled growth in the market,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Additionally, the market benefited from backlog fulfillment during the quarter as supply challenges improved from the first half of the year. While government funding may have benefited mostly the public sector and lower education verticals, we have started to see some signs of recovery in large and even some mid-size enterprises as they resumed spending on campus network upgrades,” added Boujelbene.

https://www.delloro.com/news/campus-switch-revenue-returned-to-year-over-year-growth-in-3q-2020/

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Marvell ships its next gen access and metro Ethernet switching silicon

Marvell is now shipping its latest generation Prestera DX 7300 series of Ethernet switches for 5G carrier access and metro networks. Significantly, the new switches incorporate accurate time-sensitive features, integrated MACsec and advanced processing functionality, and support for 400G coherent optics.

Key features of the Prestera DX 7300 series 

  • ITU-T G.8273.2 Class C PTP/SyncE, Time Sensitive Networking (802.1CM) compliance for precise 5G timing
  • Advanced security with secure boot and integrated 802.1ae 256b MACsec engines for Layer2 data encryption
  • Segment Routing (SRV6) for advanced traffic engineering and service chaining
  • Enhanced network telemetry and intelligence for actionable metadata exports
  • 56Gbps PAM4 SerDes supporting port speeds up to 400Gbps
  • Flexible I/O speeds 1G/2.5/5/10/25/50/100/400G

Marvell notes that to support the new RAN deployment models for radio access fronthaul applications, its Prestera DX 7300 family integrates highly accurate time synchronization, 802.1CM Time-Sensitive-Network (TSN) for fronthaul, network slicing and native eCPRI-aware processing. The switches are part of Marvell's open radio access network (open RAN) and virtualized radio access network (vRAN) platform solutions, also announced today.

The Prestera DX 7300 series of switches integrate 56Gbps SerDes, high-capacity MACsec and advanced processing that can be matched with pluggable 400G-ZR optical modules. This functionality enables system manufacturers to develop solutions for multi-access edge computing (MEC) and data center interconnect (DCI) applications that benefit from traffic efficiency, openness and the optimized cost structure of packet Ethernet networks.

"As 5G brings rigorous data protection and performance demands to the transport network, the infrastructure has to meet the requirements for secured communications at higher speeds and data rates to support emerging use cases," said Guy Azrad, general manager and senior vice president of Switching at Marvell. "Our newest Prestera family offers the most secured switching solution with the high-speed interfaces needed to fulfill 5G potential at the industry's lowest power and footprint available today."


Monday, December 7, 2020

Apstra's Mansour Karam on What is Intent-based Networking?




Why would Juniper acquire Apstra? In this video from late 2019, Mansour Karam, Co-Founder and President of Apstra, provides a 3-minute overview of Intent-based Networking.

Check out more Network Automation resources: https://nextgeninfra.io/network-automation/


Monday, November 2, 2020

Arista debuts 750 Series campus switches

Arista Networks announced its 750 Series systems within its Cognitive Campus portfolio, the first 100G ready. The introduction includes high-density 1G to 10G modular PoE (Power over Ethernet) switches, built for security, modern IoT and real-time telemetry and the 720 Series 96 port.

The Arista 750 Series and 720 Series 96 port switches are shipping in Q4 2020.

CCS 750 Series Highlights

  • First modular campus systems with 100G uplinks for a total of 400G of capacity
  • High-density 1G to 10G and 90W PoE
  • 5-slot system supports up to 240 ports with 5 line cards in 7 rack units
  • 8-slot model allows up to 384 ports with 8 line cards in 10 RU

CCS 720 Series 96 port Highlights

  • Delivers higher capacity than fixed 1U systems
  • 96 mGig ports with 60W PoE
  • 25G and 100G uplinks for simpler deployments in modern campuses


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Pluribus broadens support for Broadcom-based switches

Pluribus Networks announced release 6.0 (R6.0) of its Linux Netvisor ONE® network operating system (OS) and release 6.0 of the Pluribus UNUM management and Insight Analytics platform for high-performance, highly scalable data center fabrics.

Pluribus Netvisor ONE 6.0 OS now supports multiple new spine and leaf/edge switches based on Broadcom’s Tomahawk 2 and Trident 3 switch series. Netvisor ONE R6.0 also features multiple fabric service innovations built on top of the open-source Linux FRRouting (FRR) suite version 7.2.

Highlights of the Netvisor ONE R6.0 include:

  • Support for New Broadcom-based Spine Switches: Netvisor ONE continues its leadership in open networking by supporting a trio of new white box switches based on the Broadcom Tomahawk 2 ASIC. The new platforms support 64 x 100G in 2RU including the Dell Z9264F-ON, the Edgecore AS7816-64X and the Freedom Series F9664-C. As these fixed form-factor scale-out spine switches continue to increase in port density, the need for expensive and complex chassis-based switches diminishes. R6.0 also adds support for the Dell S5232-ON, a compact 32 x 100G Trident 3-based spine switch.
  • Support for New Broadcom-based Leaf/Edge Switches: R6.0 also delivers new high performance switches based on the programmable and feature rich Broadcom Trident 3 switch series. This includes the Dell S5224-ON with 24 x 25GbE and 4 x 100 GbE along with the S5248-ON featuring 48 x 25GbE and 6 x 100GbE supporting large scale network virtualization, network segmentation/slicing and wirespeed per-flow visibility. These switches can be deployed at the top of rack in standard data centers and also are ideally suited to building fabrics across multiple edge data centers supporting distributed cloud, edge compute and 5G services.
  • Expanded Network Overlay Services – The key impact of the Adaptive Cloud Fabric, powered by the Netvisor ONE OS, is that services and policies can be implemented with one-touch fabric-wide provisioning across a single or multiple geo-distributed data center sites, simplifying operations and reducing the risk of security vulnerabilities due to mis-configuration. With R6.0 Pluribus has introduced a long list of new services that illustrates how the Adaptive Cloud Fabric provides a robust foundation for innovation and feature velocity for traditional and distributed cloud data centers. A few highlights from this list include:
  • Carrier Ethernet and layer 2 services: R6.0 introduces E-Tree service, with use cases in IoT Video Security and Metro Ethernet access/aggregation, complementing existing E-Line and E-LAN services.
  • Virtual Services Group (vSG): distributed multi-VRF and VRF leaking implementation designed to radically simplify service chaining. These new features enable increased multi-tenant scale and fine-grained microsegmentation, while also enabling service chaining through policy-based inter-VRF routing.
  • Integrated DC Gateway Router: R6.0 adds multi-VRF capability to the DC gateway router integrated into the leaf/edge switch, improving multi-tenant scale while minimizing space, power and cost in smaller edge data centers.
  • Network Packet Broker services: Pluribus has extended the industry’s only network packet broker solution implemented as a fully virtualized overlay service and capable of being deployed either as a stand-alone packet broker fabric or as an integrated service on a production switching network – an industry first.

Highlights of the UNUM Management Platform R6.0 include:

  • High Availability UNUM Cluster: UNUM can now be deployed with a pair of resilient servers as well as a pair of resilient seed switches in the fabric.
  • IP VirtualWire™ Dashboards: Powerful new graphical dashboards for VirtualWire lab automation use cases, improving visibility of connected devices under test and simplifying creation of connections across a single or multiple geo-distributed labs.
  • UNUM Archiver for Insight Analytics: Enables the storage of 10s of billions of per-flow metadata and switch analytics in a separate NFS repository for historical analysis and compliance purposes.


“Our collaboration with Pluribus has been unwavering for more than 10 years,” said Ram Velaga, senior vice president and general manager, Core Switching Group, Broadcom. “It is fantastic to see Pluribus leveraging our high performance Tomahawk 2 and Trident 3 across multiple white box switches. We are pleased to continue the collaboration on our Trident 4 ASIC featuring NPL programmability and a high density of 100GbE and 400GbE interfaces.”

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Innovium raises $170 million for its switching silicon

Innovium, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $170 million for its switching silicon solutions cloud and edge data centers.

The new funding round included investments from Premji Invest, DFJ Growth, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, and multiple strategic investors, along with existing investors including Greylock, Capricorn, WRVI, Qualcomm Ventures, Redline, S-Cubed Capital and DAG

. Innovium said this latest funding makes it the first network silicon company to achieve billion-dollar valuation "unicorn" status.

Earlier this year, Innovium unveiled its TERALYNX 8 silicon boasting 25.6Tbps switch with 112G SerDes

In addition, Innovium noted the following milestones during 1H 2020:

  • Continued volume production ramp of TERALYNX 7
  • Ramping TERALYNX 5 shipments for ToR, Edge & 5G customer designs
  • Revenue growth of over 5x in 1H 2020 vs 1H 2019
  • Achieved over 20% market share in 50G WW SerDes shipments and emerged as the only credible silicon diversity option [1]
  • Wins, deployments and trials at majority of top 25 Cloud customers in the world

“We are delighted at the strong adoption at leading OEM, Cloud and ODM customers for our TERALYNX® family, which resulted in over 20% market share for 50G SerDes switch silicon in our first year of shipments. This additional funding, achieved despite ongoing macroeconomic uncertainty, validates our vision, execution and momentum in a multi-billion secular high-growth market,” said Rajiv Khemani, Co-founder and CEO of Innovium.

“Data centers are expected to see secular long-term expansion from Cloud, 5G, AI and remote-work applications. Innovative TERALYNX switch silicon products from Innovium have already been adopted by world’s leading hyperscale Cloud providers and leading OEMs including Cisco. We are excited to partner with Innovium for its roadmap innovation and help accelerate go-to-market ramp up,” said TK Kurien, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Premji Invest.

https://www.innovium.com/

Innovium pushes switching silicon to 25.6 Tbps with support for 112G PAM4

Innovium unveiled its TERALYNX 8 networking switch silicon featuring a massive 25.6 Tbps capacity and support for 112G PAM4 SerDes I/O. This next-generation TERALYNX 8 design features deep programmability, the largest on-chip buffers, and advanced telemetry capabilities.

Innovium's TERALYNX 8 switch, which is aimed at hyperscale data centers and which is expected to sample in the second half of 2020, could be used for highly compact, highest port-density single-chip switches for 100G to 800G configurations, including 1RU, 32 x 800G switch. The silicon will be delivered in a single 7nm die fabricated by TSMC.

Innovium confirmed that its current generation, 12.7 Tbps switching silicon is already being used by numerous commercial customers, including some of the biggest cloud provider networks.

Some TERALYNX 8 highlights

  • 112G SerDes IO with best economics for next-generation switches
  • Up to 256 long-reach (LR) 112G PAM4 SerDes to enable switch configurations such as 32 x 800G, 64 x 400G, 128 x 200 and 256 x 100G
  • Enables industry’s most compact 32 x 800G (25.6 Tbps) switch in 1RU form factor
  • Enables a range of connectivity options, including 10/25/50/100/200/400 GbE
  • Range of pin-compatible SKU options, including 25.6 Tbps, 12.8 Tbps and 8Tbps
  • Largest on-chip buffer of 170 MB for a data-center switch
  • Highest radix with 256 ports to help flatten network tiers
  • INNOFLEX programmable forwarding pipeline offers unmatched flexibility and feature-set
  • Enhanced forwarding and ACL table scales
  • Robust RoCE, PFC and rich QoS necessary for distributed storage, HPC and AI applications
  • FLASHLIGHT™ v3 telemetry and analytics solves toughest troubleshooting problems
  • Hardware driven in-band and streaming telemetry available at line-rate
  • Additional innovations for deep analytics correlated to applications
  • Unique predictive and actionable information versus reactive data overload seen in alternative switch providers
  • Industry’s most scalable and fully compatible product line from 1 to 25.6T
  • Full SW and architecture compatibility with TERALYNX 5 & TERALYNX 7