As we discussed last week, data center teams routinely face many challenges, including scaling with resiliency, achieving operational efficiency, and reducing capital and operating costs.

This week, we continue to look at how open network solutions can help data center operators respond to these challenges and overcome them.

Solution 3: Data Center Fabric Expansion (Starter Level)

Includes: 40G Open Networking Switches, 10G Open Networking Switches, plus a network operating system from Cumulus Networks®, QSFP+ optics, SFP+ optics, and DACs.

Ideal for: Enterprises, K-12 school districts, local/municipal government networks with moderate bandwidth needs.

This solution enables data center teams to expand their capacity with a modern spine-leaf fabric, built on a 40G spine and 10G leaves with 40G uplinks. This fabric can be attached to existing data center networks and management systems for seamless integration. This solution has a built-in capacity or path to network virtualization/software-defined networking (SDN), which can be integrated at any time for increased operational efficiency.

Solution 4: Data Center Fabric Expansion (High-Performance Level)

Includes: 100G Open Networking SwitchesQSFP28 optics, plus a network operating system from Cumulus Networks®, QSFP28 optics, and breakout cables or DACs.

Ideal for: Enterprises, K-12 school districts, local/municipal government networks with high bandwidth needs.

This solution carries all the benefits of solution 3 above, but offers much more bandwidth. The 100G spine connects to 100G leaves, which can be provisioned to offer 4 lanes of 25G transmission per port. These ports can in turn connect to 25G switches via 4x25G breakout cables.

Solution 5: DevOps Testing Kit

Includes: 10G Open Networking Switches, plus a network operating system from Cumulus Networks®, QSFP+ optics, SFP+ optics, and DACs.

Ideal for: IT DevOps teams in any industry

This solution set gives IT DevOps teams a flexible, highly programmable environment in which to test codes and operations. For example, teams can build mini-virtualized networks to test DevOp codes for operation orchestration with Ansible, Chef, Puppet, CFEngine, and other open-source network orchestration programs. They can also build mini-SDN to test codes for the Netconfig/YANG model.

While these solution sets are designed to solve common challenges that data center teams face, the hardware and software described here can be mixed and matched in many combinations to suit your organization’s specific objectives and challenges. If you’d like to discuss these options further (or create your own!), you can schedule a consultation with Champion ONE’s experts today.