Mind Tech CX Series Cloud Switches were designed an open, intelligent, application-visible, and ultra-high performance CX series cloud switching platform for next-generation cloud data centers based on the generic SDN (Software Defined Network) architecture and a thorough understanding of cloud network requirements.
Based on the generic SDN (Software Defined Network) architecture and a comprehensive understanding of cloud network requirements, Mind Tech has designed an open, intelligent, application-visible, and ultra-high performance CX series cloud switching platform for next-generation cloud data centers. Equipped with open-source SONiC network operating system along with an open and programmable data plane architecture, high-density and high-speed network interfaces, line rate Layer2&3 forwarding performance, and up to 10-million virtual network node scalability, Mind Tech CX cloud switches can help users build up ultra-large-scale next-generation cloud data center networks, which can carry out high-valued functions such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Critical Application Visibility, On-demand Fabric Expansion (Scale-wide), High Reliability/Availability, and Automatic DevOps Integration with Cloud DCOS such as OpenStack.
Mind Tech CX cloud switches contain 2 product series and they are CX3 and CX5 switch series.
Mind Tech CX cloud switches provide a rich set of Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionalities with a line rate packet forwarding capability. In addition, Mind Tech CX532P cloud switch also has a large-capacity unified sharing packet buffer, which can better absorb micro-burst traffic in the cloud data centers and reduces the damage in the network packet loss caused by the unique nature of some critical cloud data center applications such as big data processing.
Mind Tech CX3 series of cloud switches are designed to operate as the ToR (Top of Rack) switches in the 2-tier Spine-Leaf cloud data center network architecture. In a standard 1RU space, Mind Tech CX306P cloud switch provide 6 ports of 100G Ethernet interfaces as uplink ports connected to spine switches such as Mind Tech CX532P switches; In addition, Mind Tech CX306P cloud switches also contain 48 downlink ports of the following different interfaces to connect to data center servers:
Mind Tech CX5 series of cloud switches operate either as the spine switches or the ToR (Top of Rack) switches in the 2-tier Spine-Leaf cloud data center network architecture. In a standard 1RU space, the Mind Tech CX532P cloud switch provides 32 ports of 100G Ethernet interfaces. As a spine switch, Mind Tech CX532P can configure each of its 32 ports as a 100G downlink port connected to TOR switches such as Mind Tech CX3 switches; Mind Tech CX532P can also operate as a TOR switch, in which each of its 32 ports can be configured as either a 100G uplink port connected to a spine switch including CX532P itself or the following downlink port configurations:
The hardware platform of Mind Tech CX series cloud switches fully complies to the open-standard principle established by Facebook OCP (Open Compute Project), in which standard x86 computing module and third-party commercial switch chip(s) each makes of the control plane and forwarding plane of the switch hardware platform, respectively.
Mind Tech CX5 series cloud switches deliver 32 40/100G Ethernet ports while CX3 series deliver 48 10/25G ad 6 40/100G Ethernet ports all in a standard 1RU space. For today's cloud data centers, this interface design maximizes space efficiency and energy usage, helping users to achieve a higher ROI (Return of Investment) while reducing their TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
Asteria Fabric Controller (AFC) is the Cloud SDN Controller also designed and developed by Mind Tech for seamless integration with cloud data center OS such as ONOS and OpenStack.
In Mind Tech cloud networks, switches just like computing and storage, will completely follow the basic design principle of openness, decoupling, software-defined and standard-compliance, run on a set of common open programmable high-performance hardware platforms and also be fully integrated into an operational framework of unified management, automatic scheduling, and on-demand deployment.
With the support of the programmable switch chip, Mind Tech has developed innovative implementations of some of the most commonly used NFV (Network Function Virtualization) features and integrated them into the forwarding plane of CX cloud switche.
With PICFATM the capacity of virtual computing nodes in the cloud networks can expand by 100 times to up to 10 million nodes per fabric while the packet forwarding performance can also be greatly improved, making cloud networks no longer be a limiting factor for cloud computing capacity, thereby building a solid foundation for the cloud networks to fully utilize the technology advantages brought by the innovations in cloud virtual computing space.
Mind Tech scale-wide cloud networks built from CX cloud switches can not only simplify cloud network infrastructure complexity but also with powerful horizontal expansion capability, significantly reduce cloud network TCO, full-filling the fundamental goal in the cloud computing “pay-as-you-grow” cost model.
Application visibility is a key and indispensable requirement for the optimal operations of cloud data centers. Mind Tech CX cloud switches support the IETF’s newly defined In-situ Network Telemetry (INT) function. For service flows that need to be analyzed, INT function inside Mind Tech CX cloud switches would record key data plane performance parameters (such as access interfaces, timestamps, queue length) in their flow transmission paths.
To enable the rapid, flexible and automatic update capabilities in the cloud networks, Mind Tech CX cloud switches have adopted new DevOps software product delivery model and support widely deployed DevOps tools such as NETCONF and Ansible for development, testing and production environments.