[AusNOG] Open Networking

Matt Smee m.smee at unsw.edu.au
Mon Jul 4 14:46:19 EST 2016

For what it’s worth, I remember hearing Cumulus now supports PoE+ from 3.0+ though limited hardware so far:

‘edgecore AS4610-54P<http://www.edge-core.com/ProdDtl.asp?sno=472&AS4610-54P>’

I’ve been impressed with the zero touch deployment part of it but still learning/playing with it at the moment. Though it doesn’t seem quite yet ideal in the enterprise access space, there’s some missing features that I do like such as the various L2 security options but then again it’s definitely more Data Centre focused than enterprise access, though that may change in the future…

I’d also give a +1 to Ben, why pay so much for simple routing/L3 switching? In 3-5 years with some maturity I can’t see how you could ever justify the $bigvendor prices for some deployments or at least some devices within the network. Looking at doing 40/100G and we can see its definitely looking like a good option even now.

From: AusNOG [mailto:ausnog-bounces at lists.ausnog.net] On Behalf Of Simon Attwell
Sent: Monday, 4 July 2016 12:35 PM
To: ausnog at lists.ausnog.net
Subject: [AusNOG] Open Networking

Hi All,

Just curious how many of you have deployed / are deploying / Open Networking in production environments.
I'm interested to see if ON is making its way down to the edge (1Gbps PoE/PoE+) or if it's mainly being used at the distribution / core layers or at the service provider level where there's little end device connectivity and it's more about moving the packets around.

Comments on hardware choice / stability / longevity / MTBF / support, are also appreciated.

From a Cumulus perspective it looks like 1 Gbps - 100Gbps is where things are focused.
Nothing with PoE/PoE+ support so it looks like at the moment we're only talking about datacenter switching.

What I don't see deployed today is a lot of technology mix, especially in switching. Customers have a preference and for support / interop / personal reasons tend to stick with a single vendor for switching.
In the past this has made sense as switches did not always play well with others.

I'm wondering what you all think the 3 - 5 year picture looks like.

I suspect it looks a lot like the current virtualization market. A few major players with custom software built on open source foundations, being hardware agnostic and the holdouts trying to ignore the fact that the industry is fundamentally changing.

- Simon

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