Accton/Edgecore Switches Certified to Run Pluribus Network OS
Pluribus officials say the company is adding the ODM's 10GbE and 40GbE switches to the list of open network systems certified for its ONLV OS.Pluribus Networks is adding Accton/Edgecore to the list of white-box network switch makers that can run its Linux-based network operating systems. Pluribus officials announced Sept. 20 that Accton/Edgecore's AS5712-54X 10 Gigabit Ethernet and AS6712-32X 40GbE white-box switches, which are based on designs from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP), are now certified to run the vendor's Open Netvisor Linux (ONLV) distributed switch OS. Through the certification, Accton/Edgecore becomes part of the Pluribus-Certified ecosystem of vendors whose products can run Pluribus' software. "The combination of Pluribus Networks' software and Accton/Edgecore white box hardware offers enterprises a networking fabric that scales to support modern workloads and supports virtualization, converged infrastructures, IoT [internet of things] and containers," George Tchaparian, CEO of Edgecore Networks, which is part of the Accton Group, said in a statement. The move to network virtualization technologies has fueled demand for white-box switches, which are made by original design manufacturers (ODMs)—like Accton/Edgecore—using off-the-shelf components and can run a variety of software from third parties. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) hold the promise of more programmable, agile, scalable and affordable networks by moving the network control plane and various tasks—including routing, load balancing and firewalls—off of proprietary and expensive hardware and putting them into software that can run on less costly industry-standard systems.
White-box and bare-metal systems give enterprises the option of lower-cost hardware running third-party software, and the idea is resonating in the market. Analysts with IHS last year said that by 2019, such switches will account for almost 25 percent of the data center ports shipped, up from about 11 percent in 2014.