Freedom E-Series Switch Platforms

The Pluribus Networks Freedom E-series switches provide best- in-class networking functionality including switching, routing, storage and analytics.

The E-Series switches are powered by the Netvisor® operating system (nvOS), the most open and programmable SDN operating system in the industry. nvOS is built on the Pluribus Virtualization- Centric Fabric (VCF™) architecture, enabling Pluribus E-series switches to create a distributed controller, tap-less network fabric.

The Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric gives NetOps teams unprecedented insight, agility and security for their network. This insight and agility enables them to troubleshoot the network in a matter of minutes instead of hours. A fully capable CLI feature gives the nvOS software a familiar look and feel. Overall, the E- series switches provide simplified management, programmability and visibility in the volume switching market.

Freedom E68-M

The Pluribus Freedom E68-M is an E-series switch that is commodity-priced, Top-of-Rack with a unique combination of switch, compute and storage designed to run fabric switching and analytics at radical economics.

The VCF architecture is flexible enough to allow the E68-M to also operate as a cost effective intelligent Packet Broker or TAP aggregation switch. The switches are perfect for building the Leaf layers in both new deployments and third-party networking environments.

As network operations become more application centric, the network’s edge becomes more important. Thus, E68-M switches are perfect for edge networking as they provide the application flow telemetry data that is passing right through the network.

Freedom E28Q-L

The Pluribus Freedom E28Q-L high performance spine switch provides a unique combination of router, switch, compute, and storage designed to run fabric switching along with converged network services and high-performance analytics directly into the fabric.

The platform is built for Spine switching in the traditional Leaf- Spine architecture for East-West traffic. The switch has the traditional Layer-2 and Layer-3 networking protocols that enables NetOps to simplify new deployments.

E28Q-L has a 28×40 GE port configuration which reduces the wiring complexity during network building activity. With up to 80×10 GE break-out ports, the E-28Q-L gives great options to build at the spine layer of the network from the ground up.

The dual socket Intel Xeon E3 with 12 cores and 64 GB of RAM gives the switch an enormous amount of compute power.

The switch’s 240 GB of internal storage can be extended up 3.84 TB of external storage through 4 SSD slots. This reduces the requirement for external storage, simplifying regular data center operations. The storage options also can be used as a “Time Machine” (a.k.a. Network DVR). The Time Machine capability enables NetOps to analyze networking transactions for deep forensic analysis by going back through up to 3 years of networking metadata.

Key Applications

  • Top-of-rack/Leaf and Spine switching
  • Network Visibility, Analytics, and Telemetry at scale
  • Distributed Controller and Tap-less fabric with single point of Management
  • Network services and application hosting

Networking Performance

  • 28×40 GE ports (up to 80×10 GE ports) for E28Q-L switch
  • 44×10 GE ports + 6×40 GE ports for E68-M switch
  • Up to 1.36 Tbps (E68-M) and 2.24 Tbps (E28-M) of throughput
  • 1.02/1.6 billion packets/second for E68-M/E28Q-L switch
  • Layer-2 and Layer-3 forwarding at line rate
  • Latency of less than 500 nanoseconds

High Performance Control Plane

  • Single socket Xeon E3 (4 cores) for E68-M switch
  • Single or dual-socket Xeon E5 (up to 16 cores)
  • 32 GB to 256 GB of Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 2×120 GB of internal storage
  • Up to 3.84 TB of storage expansion
  • 20 Gbps PCIe control plane bandwidth
  • 2x10GE or 4x10GE integrated NICs for L4-L7 services

Pluribus Netvisor® Operating System

Pluribus Networks advances network virtualization and software- defined networking (SDN) through Netvisor, the industry’s most programmable, open source-based network operating system. Without the need for an external controller, Pluribus switches run by Pluribus Netvisor OS federate into single fabric, offering unprecedented insight, agility and security. Netvisor is based upon the Pluribus Virtualization-Centric Fabric™ (VCF™) architecture, a proven approach to understanding flow, rapidly responding to business needs and securing your data.

Pluribus Netvisor combines the benefits of server clustering for networking with a distributed controller fabric. The traditional CLI (Command Line Interface) is paired with fabric-wide programmability (C, RESTful API) and DevOps tools (e.g. Ansible) for agility and automation via a single point of management. Granular visibility and control is through a fabric- wide directory that contains endpoint information (vPorts) as well as allows for granular flow filtering and control (vFlow).

The Netvisor® Operating System (nvOS) solves the complex problem of virtualizing the infrastructure at the physical network fabric layer, which is the centerpiece of the data center infrastructure.

The distributed controller and tap-less Virtualization-Centric Fabric (VCF) architecture provides unique properties in terms of scalability, high-availability, manageability, visibility and interoperability with existing networks. The Pluribus Virtualization- Centric Fabric that interconnects Pluribus switches is realized over TCP/IP transport. VCF can scale to a number of nodes and server ports much larger than any existing fabric technology without imposing any restriction on the network topology, in-band or out-of-band connectivity and topological distance between nodes. Without the need to elect master node roles nor introducing external controllers nor NMS tools, control of the entire fabric is possible by connecting to any switch, thus eliminating single points of failure.

As Netvisor switches support full standard L2 and L3 data plane and protocols, the Pluribus Netvisor fabric works well in a multi- vendor environment by interoperating with existing infrastructure and allows easy insertion of third-party network elements.

Granular visibility and control is through a fabric-wide directory that contains endpoint information (vPorts) as well as allows for granular flow filtering and control (vFlow).

Netvisor Benefits

  • Bare-metal switch network virtualization
  • Server style fabric-cluster management technology
  • Virtual Machines for L4-L7 services
  • Full CLI and GUI for easy network management
  • vPort – End-point/VM level visibility
  • vFlow – Policy Engine for QoS/Security
  • Application flow recognition: Big Data/Hadoop protocols, IP storage and Nutanix
  • Time Machine for connection, ports and vPort
  • Network virtualization segmentation
  • OpenStack ML2 Neutron Plugin and integrated OpenStack controller
  • Lower your CapEx and avoid building a separate monitoring network
  • Enhance network security and auditing by being able to monitor and control for any application flow
  • Complete overlay compatibility without any hypervisor lock-in
  • Breaks down the barriers between physical and virtual

Licensing Packages

The Pluribus Netvisor operating system (nvOS) software licensing packages are designed for flexible customer consumption:

  • The base feature set and fabric capability are included in the Enterprise Fabric license.
  • The advanced feature set can be added on to the base license package.

All licenses are priced on a perpetual licensing agreement. The perpetual license enables a feature to run on a Pluribus switch indefinitely.

Each Pluribus device, feature and product within a fabric requires its own license. Licenses are independent of each other. If you want to use features that are covered by other licenses, you must install the appropriate license for those features. Licenses may be specific to a particular hardware platform.

Pluribus nvOS is available in two different packages:

  • Enterprise Fabric license
  • 44×10 GE ports + 6×40 GE ports for E68-M switch
    • Includes Visibility & Telemetry license
    • Includes Fabric Automation license
  • Virtualization license (add-on)

Customers purchase systems and get perpetual licenses for the base Enterprise Fabric feature and license set. Optionally, any of the following advanced feature sets can be added with the purchase of their respective licenses.

nvOS Licensing Model for E68-M

The following diagram displays the nvOS licensing model for E68- M spine switch:

E68-M spine switch nvOS licensing model diagram

nvOS Licensing Model for E28Q-L

The following diagram displays the nvOS licensing model for E28Q-L spine switch:

E28Q-L spine switch nvOS licensing model diagram

Enterprise Fabric License

The traditional license model is built around the base nvOS features bundled into the price of the Pluribus hardware switches. This license applies to both E68-M and E28Q-L switches. All traditional Layer-2, Layer-3 protocols, QoS, and network management features are available in the Enterprise Fabric package. Fabric Automation for fabric manipulation and Fabric Visibility features are also included in the Enterprise Fabric license with no extra cost.

Enterprise Fabric Features:

Enterprise Fabric Features

Fabric Visibility

Advanced features such as Fabric Visibility are built into the Enterprise Fabric license. The Visibility feature set is focused on fabric visibility, fabric analytics, and telemetry features. These features apply to both E68-M and E28Q-L switches.

Fabric Visibility Features:

Fabric Visibility Features

Fabric Automation license

Fabric Automation features:

Fabric Automation features

Fabric Virtualization license

An E68-M leaf switch can add the Virtualization license for support up to 2 vNET instances. The Fabric Virtualization license for spine switches (E68Q-L) support unlimited vNETs. The Fabric Virtualization license is focused on virtualization, storage, L4-7 hosting and OpenStack automation.

Fabric Virtualization Features:

Fabric Virtualization Features