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VxLAN Routing in ICOS

Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:14:34 PM Asia/Taipei

Thanks to the RD team efforts, VxLAN routing is working now in ICOS NOS on Netberg platforms.

Please check this article on VxLAN configuration and routing.

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White Box Switches: Part Two, ICOS

Saturday, October 27, 2018 12:16:47 PM Asia/Taipei

A common description

It’s easy to find pieces like these:

  • Web-scale NOS with traditional L2/L3 functions and management, with an API structure for third-party apps and integration with provisioning and orchestration systems.

  • Broadcom ICOS/FASTPATH is an off-the-shelf (Linux based) network operating system (NOS), providing traditional L2 and L3 functions and management, with an API-structure for value-added applications and integration with provisioning and orchestration systems.

  • ICOS is a robust, programmable full featured and most widely deployed networking operating system for enterprise and data center networking. Its built-in arbitration between conventional and SDN flows allowing customers seamless integration to Next-Gen Open programmable networks.

  • FASTPATH production-ready networking software helps manufacturers achieve record-setting time-to-market performance for introducing new Ethernet products. In part, this advantage comes from the extensive feature set and integration capabilities that give Broadcom’s software unprecedented application flexibility.

A general praise to its wholesome, next-gen design, apps and APIs. Typical marketing stuff that gives no real understanding of the product.

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10G strike back

Friday, August 11, 2017 12:44:55 PM Asia/Taipei

A bit unexpected, but 10G is back as a real low-cost solution.

48x10G + 6x40G Netberg Aurora 420 with x86 CPU and ICOS NOS and Broadcom Trident 2 BCM56854 ASIC is available just at USD 4000.

A brand-new, fully-functional 10G L3 switch with Linux shell tools, covered by 3-year warranty with a feature-rich software stack was never that low.

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More 25G gear available.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:27:10 PM Asia/Taipei

Netberg Aurora 630 with 48x 25G SFP28 and 16x 100G QSFP28 ports is available from now on.

You can choose from bare metal and ICOS-fueled options.

It has a unique combination of ports, making it's one of a kind in the 25G field.

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Netberg Aurora remote workbench.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:49:27 PM Asia/Taipei

Looking to try ICOS or OpenSwitch?

Don’t want to spend a lot of resources to get your PoC working?

Our internal lab with multiple Netberg Aurora switches is available for remote access!

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25G hardware is here!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 3:46:35 PM Asia/Taipei

Netberg Aurora 620 with 48x 25G SFP28 and 6x 100G QSFP28 ports is available from now on.

You can choose from bare metal and ICOS-fueled options.

Full replacement of 10/40G technology at the same cost to enhance your network!

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ICOS and Linux shell management.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 12:43:44 PM Asia/Taipei

More about ICOS here.

DC switch NOS evolution

For many years, switches were black boxes with management through CLI/web or special API from vendors.

Cumulus Linux was the first product that aimed to change the industry and manage a switch like a Linux server with standard Linux management, monitoring, and provisioning tools. However, Cumulus Linux is aimed at the particular market with heavy L3 usage and offers a limited set of network protocols.

What’s going on with traditional CLI-oriented network OS?

They are going to be open too. Let’s take a look at ICOS, a feature-rich package from Broadcom that serves as a foundation for NOS on their ASICs.

Unlike servers, Ethernet switch does not allow simple Linux deployment with an ASIC drivers. Special integration efforts are required for a proper LED indication management, port mapping, power control, etc. Such integration could be implemented in many ways, let’s take a look at them.

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A fully functional L3 switch below 2000 USD.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 3:02:40 PM Asia/Taipei

Aurora 220 switch with ICOS NOS is available at 1999 USD!

Thanks to low-cost Helix4 ASIC and embedded CPU, the Aurora 220 offers a unique combination of performance and features along with redundant power and cooling.

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ICOS release for the Aurora 720 switch.

Monday, February 29, 2016 2:11:27 PM Asia/Taipei

ICOS release for the Aurora 720 switch.

The Aurora 720 switch is available with ICOS NOS for the deployment.

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