written by Asterfuison
On August 6th,the first domestic “White Box Switching and SONiC Networking Practical Training Camp” co-organized by Future Network institution, Purple mountain Laboratory and Asterfusion held successfully.
With the rapid development of the Internet industry, data and traffic flow begin to gather in data centers. At the same time, the rise of public cloud makes the scale benefit of data centers become increasingly important .Traditional network equipment ,in cloud computing era, cannot meet the requirements of open interfaces, software defined, modular design, and rapid iteration ,etc. due to restrictions such as closure and vendor lock-in.
The open network is built on open standards and white-box bare metal hardware. It can choose the network operating system freely, realize the disaggregation of software and hardware, and provide a flexible, scalable and programmable network to meet the application requirements of different scenarios.
Among the many open source operating systems, SONiC is emerging as the key to building the open network, and SAI is the standard mold for implementing the key . SONiC+SAI blazes a bright path for the establishment of an open network ecosystem. SONiC’s current ecosystem is very open, with a large number of industrial partners, including cloud computing, operators, hardware vendors, and a large number of chip manufacturers, which has basically reshaped the industry .
In this context, there is a growing demand for people with expertise in white-box switching and SONiC .
Based on this, Asterfusion has jointly developed the “White Box Switching and SONiC Practical Training Camp” together with the front-line technical experts from the Future Network institution and Purple mountain Laboratory.
SONiC (Software for Open Networking in the Cloud) is a free and open source network operating system based on Linux and developed by Microsoft and the Open Compute Project.
SONiC includes the networking software components necessary for a fully functional L3 device and was designed to meet the requirements of a cloud data center.It allows cloud operators to share the same software stack across hardware from different switch vendors.
Currently, there is a large demand for white box networking, but the corresponding professional training is less, so it is difficult to form systematic content to help users from entry to mastery. This course is based on the real environment construction and configuration, and it is an extension of the white box networking theory and it’s very practical and can be used immediately.
This SONiC training camp invited 4 teachers to give lectures,who has many years of first-line practical experience interms of SONiC ,data center network ,whitebox switching.
The theoretical study allows students to have a comprehensive understanding of the value, ecology and prospects of white box networking and SONiC NOS. And on the basis of theory, through the construction of real environment, typical configuration case explanation and practical operation, master the actual pratical experience skills.
In the practical part, we provides a P4 programmable switch equipped with Asterfusion SONiC NOS –AsterNOS for practice.
The first phase of the training camp includes a number of network engineers, cloud computing engineers, open network and other related developers from operators, Internet, universities as well as network chips and other industries. During the training,the trainees systematically learned SONiC and conducted practical training on open hardware switches, thus laying a solid foundation for future achievements in the open network.
AsterNOS has been improved from the basic aspects of functional features, product quality, component maintenance, etc., and combined with various typical application scenarios to do enough test verification, defect repair and other work.
AsterNOS implements continuous integration and automated testing through Jenkins + Testbed, enhancing the community’s testbed capabilities. Asterfusion builds a large number of automated test case scripts, and can perform multi-branch parallel testing in a multi-user environment, thereby ensuring the quality and efficiency of large-scale software team development; and quarterly update major issues with the community version, ensure the continuous enhancement of the system features at the same time follow up the community rhythm.
Different from the traditional manufacturer version management model, AsterNOS takes a community version management approach, not only does its own research and development team follow the roadmap, but it also fully absorbs code and bug fixes from partners and individual developers.
AsterNOS also regularly maintains and upgrades other open source components including teamd, lldpd and FRR, as well as compile -time optimization, etc., to bring users a more stable version update experience.
At present, DevOps has become the main ways of cloud and network operation and maintenance. AsterNOS integrates DevOps support capabilities such as Python, Ansible, and NETCONF,which enables automatic docking with the DevOps platform.
Different from community SONiC, which has a Linux/Python style command line, AsterNOS has developed a Cisco style command line that allows users to fully reuse their existing skills and tools, reducing the learning difficulty and additional cost of deploying and using open networks .
In addition, AsterNOS provides a Web UI based on the REST API, which enables users to operate and manage cloud networks through a graphical interface. It enhances O&M functions such as application orchestration, service scheduling, resource management, and policy management to implement unified service planning and automatic deployment.
Start time: August 26-27, 2022
Yes, AsterNOS support EVPN -VXLAN and MC LAG
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