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SONiC and its associated SAI (Switch Abstraction Interface) are open source projects that have flourished in open cloud networking field in recent years. They are built on top of standard Linux systems and leverage the latest technologies such as containers and in-memory database.
AsterNOS built with SONiC as its kernel benefits from its open architecture, modular design, high reliability, and flexibility to expand new features in control plane.
AsterNOS provide RESTful API as first order management interface for all its functionalities as well as legacy CLI interface. By using the RESTful API, the switch systems can be fully controlled and managed by northbound controllers or any newly developed applications.
When deploy switches with AsterNOS alongside Asteria Network Controller (AFC), cloud administrators can centralized manage and control all the switch units in the Leaf-Spine topology as a single virtual switch.
When using standalone, AFC provides AsterNOS zero touch deployment, network topology discovery, one-click underlay and overlay service configuration, trouble shooting, and etc.
When integration with cloud controller, AFC works as OpenStack neutron plugin so that OpenStack compatible management stack will manage all the switches in the same context as computing and storage being managed.
Asterfsuion provides reliable and well-supported platforms that are compatible with SONiC. These platforms cover a wide range of bandwidth options, allowing you to choose from different Switch Abstraction Interfaces (SAIs) ranging from 1G to 400G. Whether you require leaf switches or super-spine layer switches, Asterfsuion has you covered with their support for SONiC across the entire spectrum of platform bandwidths.
|SONiC Use Case||Key Features||Speed||Model|
|Campus Leaf Layer||
|1G (PoE / non-PoE)|
|Campus Spine Layer||
|High Performance Computing||
Converged Enhanced Ethernet
|Layer-2 features||4k VLANs, VLAN-Based MAC learning, LAG/LACP, MAC dynamic learning, MAC priority, MAC migration, LLDP neighbor discovery and aging, LLDP custom TLV, STP, MSTP, 9K Jumbo frame|
|Layer-3 features||IPv6 NDP, IPv6 ND proxy, Static ARP, Dynamic ARP, Gratuitous ARP, ARP proxy, Routing protocols: OSPF, BGP, MP-BGP, Static routes, 252-path Equal Cost Multipath Routing (ECMP), ECMP elastic hash, DHCPv4/v6, VRF, Uplink and downlink association (monitor-link)|
|Virtual network||VXLAN encapsulate and decapsulate, VXLAN layer-2 forwarding, VXLAN layer-3 gateway, Distributed gateway, ARP suppression, VXLAN L2/L3 tunnel automatically establish, Dynamic virtual network routing, Symmetric IRB, VM migration awareness|
|High reliability||Containerized system, MC-LAG, BFD: BGP association, OSPF association, SLA, Track, ICPM-echo|