Asterfusion® X5-T switch comes with a basic network operating system framework, FusionNOS-Framework. Network developers can use FusionNOS-Framework as the foundation to develop their own upper-layer applications and can easily support the porting of the various applications running on x86-based architecture onto the ARM architecture, thus accelerating application porting & development.
Minimizing new application development difficulties
Asterfusion has been an active participant and contributor to major international open source communities and has a strong R&D capabilities. Therefore，Asterfusion is capable of providing customers with a full range of expert consulting services about the infinite possibilities of new functions and applications in this new open networking era.
Investment protection through data plane software upgrade for
Compared with fixed-function switching chip, the protocol-independent switching chip used in Asterfusion® X-T Switches can adapt new functions needed for emerging network protocols and business applications through a data plane software development process. This data plane software development cycle normally takes a few weeks while similar functional changes in the fixed-function switching chip would involve multi-years of ASIC development efforts. The deployment of new functions in the Asterfusion® X5-T switches will go through the software upgrade process with zero impacts on the hardware platform and hence, protect customers' capital equipment investment.
Asterfusion® X5-T switch is deployed with preinstalled ONIE for automatic installation, upgrade and management of network operating systems. ONIE can eliminate geographical constraints and improve system software installation efficiency and hence greatly simplify users’OAM operations.
Why Asterfusion® X5-T Switch
In a 2u rack space, Asterfusion® X564P-T switch can provide up to 64*100GE interfaces, 2*10GE SFP+ interfaces and can provide a maximum of 258 *10GE/25GE interfaces through break cables.
Fully open, programmable hardware architecture
Asterfusion® X5-T switch provides users an open & transparent network system, different from the black box approach in the past. It adopts the industry-leading PISA1 architecture, a fully pipelined programmable switching ASIC design. When compared with existing and fixed-function switches , Asterfusion® X3-T switch with the P4 programmable switching ASIC can support features like programmable protocol parsing, programmable resource allocation, programmable forwarding logic, etc. and fully complies with the P4.org standards.
1 PISA - Protocol Independent Switch Architecture
Out-of-the-box, flexible and agile development environment
Asterfusion® X5-T switch can be run with the open and easy-to-use AsterNOS-Framework. AsterNOS-Framework integrates the P4 Runtime as a container into the SONiC-Light (a light-weight SONiC) system, in which developers not only can use SONiC to develop comprehensive control & management plane functions in accordance with their NetDevOps requirements but also can develop a flexible P4 data plane functions in accordance with their application needs.
Automatic installation with ONIE (open network installation environment)
Asterfusion® X5-T switch comes with preinstalled ONIE, a software module in which almost any network operating system software can be installed from; thus offering network administrators the capability of the automatic installation, upgrade and management of network operating systems for thousands of data center switches.