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Pluribus Unveils New Disaggregated Freedom Series Switches with Inaugural Listing on the OCP Marketplace

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Introduction

There are a few key trends in the data center networking industry that are driving new technology innovation, development and network implementations. But none is more important than bringing the public cloud principles of disaggregated networking, pioneered by the hyper-scalers, to private cloud deployments. Disaggregation drives faster innovation in both the hardware and software domain, enables scalable manufacturing to drive down costs and enables an open ecosystem that avoids vendor lock in.

Disaggregation benefits service providers as they deploy 5G and see an increasing number of connected devices driving the need for distributed clouds with the deployment of compute at the network edges including central offices and base stations.

Disaggregation also benefits enterprises, tier 2 cloud service providers and public institutions that are looking for ways to design private clouds and distributed clouds that provide them the agility and flexibility they need to better meet the networking needs of their customers.

In order to address the above trends Pluribus Networks today announced the expansion of its Freedom 9000 Series Switch portfolio. The new switching platforms have been designed to meet the evolving needs of network operators who are looking to build private cloud data centers with high performance, programmable networks that are costs effective, agile and highly automated.

New Freedom Series Switches

The Pluribus Freedom 9000 Series Switches are high-performance best-in-class disaggregated networking switches that are highly programmable with powerful control plane performance to support the feature rich Netvisor ONE OS and Adaptive Cloud Fabric controllerless SDN software. The three new switching platforms are based on the Broadcom’s highly programmable StrataXGS® Trident 3 switch series and Intel’s quad core 2.2 GHz processors. The 100G, 40G, 25G or 10G interface flexibility and 1 RU form factor allows a single switch to be leveraged for both leaf and spine deployment points in the data center architecture to simplify operations and reduce sparing costs.

The three new switch models announced today are:

  • Pluribus Freedom 9432-C Switch
    • Spine or Leaf switch with 6.4 Tbps of throughput
    • 32x QSFP28 FlexPorts – Each port supports 1x 40/100G, or 4x10G or 4x25G
    • 32MB Packet buffer
    • Intel Xeon quad-core 2.2 GHz Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 64GB SSD
  • Pluribus Freedom 9476-V Switch
    • Leaf switch with 4 Tbps of throughput
    • 48 SFP28 ports, configurable as either 48x25G or 36x25G + 12x10G/1G
    • 8 QSFP28 ports for 40G/100G, configurable as 1x 40G or 1x 100G, or up to 7 ports configurable as 4x 10G or 4x 25G
    • 32MB Packet buffer
    • Intel Xeon quad-core 2.2 GHz Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 64GB SSD
  • Pluribus Freedom 9460-X Switch
    • Leaf switch with 2.16 Tbps of throughput
    • 48x SFP+ — configurable as 48x 10G or 48x1G, or
    • 6x QSFP28 — configurable as 1x 100G or 1x 40G; or up to 2 ports configurable as 4x10G or 4x25G
    • 32MB Packet buffer
    • Intel Atom quad-core 2.2 GHz Processor
    • 16 GB RAM
    • 64GB SSD

More detail on the switches can be found here.

Commitment to Open Networking

Pluribus Networks continues to be a leading proponent of open networking and disaggregated networks and in association with the Open Compute Project (OCP) are pleased to announce that we are listing our “OCP Accepted” Freedom Series switches on the OCP Marketplace.

Figure 1: Open Compute Project (OCP) Solution Provider

Steve Helvie, VP of Channel, OCP, says ”We are excited to welcome Pluribus Networks to the OCP Solution Provider (SP) ecosystem. The launch of their news Freedom Series network switches aligns very well with our channel strategy of providing enterprises with proven and fully supported OCP integrated solutions. I’m looking forward to working with the entire Pluribus team across the regions and it’s great to have them as an SP”

Read the OCP Blog here.

Putting it all Together

For organizations looking to realize the operational agility and many benefits of next generation networking architectures but prefer not to manage the hardware and software integration efforts, the Pluribus Freedom™ 9000 Series network switches are a fully integrated, turn-key solution that can be shipped pre-configured with the Pluribus Netvisor ONE Network Operating System (OS installed on the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) foundation.

Figure 2: The Netvisor ONE Software Defined Architecture

The Pluribus Netvisor ONE OS runs on the Pluribus Series Freedom or any other compliant white box switch and implements a fully distributed, peer-to-peer control plane that interoperates with other switches using standard L2/L3 protocols,

The Pluribus Secret Sauce: Adaptive Cloud Fabric (ACF)

The key differentiator for Pluribus Networks over other players in the networking OS space is The Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric™ (ACF). The ACF delivers new levels of network underlay and overlay automation, traffic visibility, and network segmentation in an extremely cost-effective solution that works right out of the box in conjunction with the Pluribus Freedom Series Switches or any other compliant white box switches.

Fabric automation provides a single-point-of-management and control, distributes intelligence, integrates a broad range of advanced L2 and L3 network services, and provides pervasive visibility for all traffic traversing the fabric. The ACF interoperates with existing network infrastructure, is highly scalable and is optimized to deliver continuous availability for mission-critical enterprise and service provider environments.

ACF can scale-out to support many thousands of ports, with multi-terabit capacity, performance and latency predictability, and support millions of concurrent connections

Figure 3: The Adaptive Cloud Fabric architecture clusters member switches into a symmetrical, unified operating domain

Key Benefits of ACF:

– Fully automates the deployment and management of a data center underlay network and VXLAN overlay network

  • A single command programs the entire fabric; for example, add a fabric wide VLAN or subnet or shut down a port on all nodes with a single command.
  • Every command is atomic with unlimited rollback to quickly revert to a good state.
  • VXLAN tunnels are automatically established across all nodes in the fabric for the overlay along with automated VLAN<>VNI<>VTEP mapping to reduce complexity.
  • Deep slicing provides isolation for specific traffic types like IoT as well as supporting multi-tenant services.
  • Rich and highly scalable layer 2 and layer 3 (IPv4/IPV6) VPN services can be deployed across the entire fabric on a per slice basis.
  • Integrated telemetry captures all key parameters of every TCP flow between all endpoints connected to the fabric for unparalleled visibility and analytics.

You can learn more detail about Netvisor ONE OS here and the distributed, controllerless SDN Adaptive Cloud Fabric here.

Bottom Line

In line with the continued commitment of Pluribus Networks towards disaggregated networking, the Pluribus Freedom Series switches along with the Netvisor ONE and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric empowers enterprises, network operators and cloud service providers to build a highly flexible disaggregated networks that provide greater agility to optimize performance and support growing application traffic.

Pluribus Networks looks forward to working with you to address your growing networking needs and help you meet the challenges of future application and data growth.

If you have any questions about our new Freedom Series switches or would like to see a demo of our Adaptive Cloud Fabric software, you can contact us here.

 

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About the Author

Jaskaran Sangha

Jaskaran is the Director of Solutions and Product Marketing at Pluribus Networks. Jaskaran has over 20 years’ experience in network engineering, marketing, product management and public speaking. Previously he worked for Edge Gravity, a startup focused on Edge Cloud Computing and was responsible for launching their infrastructure products globally, prior to that he was a part of the product marketing team at Citrix Cloud Networking Group.Jaskaran has an MBA (Marketing/Finance) from GND University in India and has also completed executive courses at Stanford and Cornell.