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Asterfusion provides low latency data center switches that range from 2 Tbps -12.8 Tbps, all based on Marvell Teralynx chip and preloaded with the SONiC enterprise distribution. This distribution offers users an easy, plug-and-play deployment and turnkey solution that boosts data center performance and enhances network reliability and flexibility.
The table below shows all data center switches offered by Asterfusion. Each of them provides high performance, low latency, and a rich set of features for today’s data centers.
AsterNOS is an enterprise-level SONiC distribution self-developed by Asterfusion, which is stable and compatible with almost all mainstream commercial switching chips, with tens of thousands of commercial deployments around the world. Compared to the community version, the commercial SONiC-based AsterNOS provides a wider variety of features and simple usability that can be leveraged right away.
Asterfusion data center switches offer high-density 25/40/100/400 GbE multi-speed interfaces, which supports a switching capacity of up to 12.8Tbps to meet the flexible development needs of multiple data center scenarios.
Asterfusion CX-N offers leading-edge capabilities, with latency as low as 400 nanoseconds in most scenarios. This makes it ideal for latency-sensitive applications, like high-performance computing, NVME, Ceph, big data analysis, and AI (machine learning) among others.
Moreover, CX-N data center switches come with key technologies like RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCEV2), PFC, ECN, and DCBX. These technologies enable efficient, low latency, and lossless data transport, helping you establish highly efficient and cost-effective data center networks.
We’ve integrated AsterNOS with Python and Ansible to support automated operation maintenance, thereby greatly improving O&M efficiency. Additionally, our switches support INT (In-band Network Telemetry), which provides real-time network telemetry information, including port interfaces, packet latency, and packet queue lengths. This information can help you build efficient, intelligent, and highly resilient data center
Astefusion data center switches provide cutting-edge stacking technology through MLAG (Multi-chassis Link Aggregation Group), enabling logical peer-links between switches. These features enhance network resilience and streamline network management for efficient operations.
Furthermore, AsterNOS offers robust virtualization capabilities with VXLAN/BGP-EVPN, expanding the potential for multi-tenant hosting and virtual machine migration across numerous Layer 2 domains. These features are essential for modern datacenter applications, keeping your infrastructure up-to-date and versatile.
A:Our SONiC based AsterNOS can perfect run on our own hardware, in theory it can run on other vendor’s hardware, there will be a problem on verify the compatibility between our software and other vendor’s hardware,you can email us [email protected] arrange a meeting call discuss specially. But we strongly suggest you to use our own hardware, which supports the best software compatibility, tech support, hardware stability and of course with very good cost.
A:Usually our AsterNOS runs on our own hardware (for Teralynx ,Tofino and Marvell) we provide either bare metal hardware, or hardware with AsterNOS, there is some amount of software cost if you choose H/W and S/W bundle, but this bundle should be more cost effective than today’s White box and NOS from another vendor.
A:It depends on your application, in general you can easily start from either SDE or SONiC to all the functions about data plane and management plane.
A:Yes. Yes,Our AsterNOS fully support Vxlan and BGP-EVPN
A:Yes. In the new version updated this month, Multi-Homing will be added soon, so stay tuned!
A:Our AsterNOS provides SNMP V1/V2/V3 gateway functions and also the switch ASIC supports INT (in-band network telemetry) without the participation of the management CPU. In addition, automated operation and maintenance tool ansible to help simplify operation and maintenance. Management Tools/Platforms such as Mib browser and Zabbix is also supported.
A:Theoretically yes, since we deliver a one-stop solution, we encourage our customers to use our SONiC enterprise version, which supports the best software compatibility, tech support, hardware stability and of course very cost-effective price. For other third-party software compatibility issues, it is recommended to contact [email protected]
A：The fans of our CX-N series data center switches support custom airflow direction. It can provide both rear-to-front airflow (air enters from the back of the switch) or front-to-back (air exits from the back of the switch). For more information please contact [email protected]
A：Now, Asterfusion offers hot-swappable AC power supplies (1+1 redundancy) by default. But we can also customize DC power supply for our customers. For more details on custom products, please contact [email protected].
Q: I am very interested in both CX206P-48S-M-H and CX308P-48Y-N switches. Could you provide a comparative analysis?
A: They have the following differences:
CX206P-48S-M–H comes with 48 x 10Gb SFP+,6 x 100Gb QSFP28 ports and designed for core switch for the campus network. It also runs with our SONiC NOS and supports rich 2-layer and 3-layer functions. Data center functions such as MCLAG, VXLAN, and BGP-EVPN are also supported, but the original intention of our design is the core switch for the campus instead of the data center, so more advanced functions of the data center, such as ROCE V2, DCBX, etc. are not supported. But it has a very good cost performance in the core switch of the campus.
The CX308P-N series is a leaf switch with 48 x 25Gb SFP28, 8x 100Gb QSFP28 interfaces ,designed for data centers, and it includes many advanced functions of the data center, which cannot be achieved by the CX206P-48S, so the CX308P-N is more expensive, and the CX308P-48Y-N-V1 has a lower latency which is ideal for latency-sensitive applications.
The choice of these two depends on your application scenario and budget
A: SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is a free and open network operating system based on Linux and developed by Microsoft which nowadays has attracted a large number of industrial chain partners, forming a comprehensive SONiC ecosystem. our SONiC -based AsterNOS work on both Teralynx ,Tofino,Marvell makes SONiC be able to run these switch chips smoothly, which is our value to help people who want to use innovated features on today’s new switch chip other than broadcom.
P4 is another approach for today’s network disaggregation, it has pretty good usability in niche markets like gateway, load balance or NPB, in these market when people also want to be part of cloud ecosystem, they need a way to combine P4 with SONiC, that’s what we are doing, we help people to implement these applications in SONiC way.
A:Asterfusion CX-N series switches come with 2-year Basic H/W service and warranty, preloaded perpetual licensed AsterNOS and 1-year AsterNOS upgrade subscription.
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Asterfusion Networks is the leading provider of open networking infrastructure solutions. We provide an open, disaggregated, and highly programmable network fabric for next generation data centers and campus with white-box switching.
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