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Delta White Box Switches Leverage Broadcom Technology

March 09, 2017

Delta has unveiled two new white box switches. The company says they’re the first switches of their kind to leverage Broadcom’s StrataXGS BCM56970 (Tomahawk 2) and StrataDNX BCM88680 (Jericho+).

These switches include the AG9064 for data center environments and the AGC5648, which is a carrier-grade deep buffer switch. Both are part of Delta’s Agema product line. And they address the trend toward disaggregated open networking platforms and software-defined data centers and networking.

“To build a disaggregated network, today’s cloud computing customers need robust network switches, which Agema provides, plus the OcNOS network operating system,” said IP Infusion President and CEO Kiyo Oishi. “We’re working with Agema to support Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching on Agema products for service provider applications and will have the platform qualified.”

The AG9064 is a 64-port 100GbE solution with a multiterabit backplane for use in DC spine network configurations. The AGC5648 is a 48-port 25GbE solution with 6-port 100GbE deep buffer switching. The new switches from Delta also feature 1 RU form factors, advanced on-chip telemetry, clocking support for telecommunications networks, dynamic deep buffers, and scalable route tables.

One of the other recent developments on the white box front is M-CORD. Mobile CORD seeks to define a white box, distributed, edge based

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mobile network architecture.

CORD stands for Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center. This concept combines the cloud, commodity infrastructure, NFV, open building blocks, and SDN to bring the agility of the cloud and the economies of scale found in the data center to service provider networks. That spans from the equipment at the home or office customer premises, to the access part of the network, to the telco’s central office.

M-CORD aims to lay the foundation for 5G cellular networking and services through support for disaggregated and virtualized evolved packet core, end-to-end slicing from RAN to EPC, mobile edge computing, and programmable radio access network. Slicing will come in handy for Internet of Things applications in which the IoT device needs just a small slice of the network. It also makes sense for broadcast events that require network resources only for a limited period of time. (To learn more about M-CORD, look for the upcoming 2Q2017 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY at this link.)

“The open source driven model is a fundamental element for the 5G roadmap as it enables extraordinary agility for identifying and responding to subscribers’ needs far more quickly than traditional mobility standards,” said Joseph Sulistyo, ‎senior director of open networking solutions and strategy at Radisys Corp. “The integration of open source EPC enhances the M-CORD platform to provide boundless core service flexibility and brings us a step closer to unlocking the promise of 5G.” 

Edited by Alicia Young

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