Edgecore Networks Supporting Disaggregated Software Options with Open Networking

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 10, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA: Edgecore Networks will be contributing access point designs to the Open Compute Project (OCP) for bringing benefits of open networking to enterprise networks and service providers offering public network access services. Edgecore is contributing three open WiFi Access Point designs to address requirements for high performance and cost-sensitive indoor WiFi deployments, and for outdoor WiFi access in hotspot and enterprise applications.

The open access switches with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), interconnecting and powering the open access points, form an access network. This supports the full range of wired and wireless devices required by enterprises and small businesses, including servers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, cameras, security devices, card readers and other IoT devices.

“Open networking was born in the data center. Now, Edgecore is bringing open networking and its benefits of lower cost, increased flexibility and choice to access networks,” said George Tchaparian, CEO, Edgecore Networks. “By delivering the first WiFi access points and PoE access switches and with open designs, Edgecore offers software partners and network operators the hardware platforms on which to develop more innovative, easily managed and cloud-provisioned network access services. The result will be lower cost and more flexible wired and wireless networking solutions for enterprises, and more widely available cloud-managed network services from Managed Service Providers.”

The open WiFi access points and switches support a choice of open source and commercial software options through the disaggregated software model. This proved the ability of data center networks to deliver increased choice, faster pace of innovation, greater control, and lower costs for network operators.

“Edgecore has put together a very powerful open wireless platform targeting the ever increasing 11ac build-out that is occurring across enterprise and carrier networks. Broadcom is proud to be working with Edgecore on these platforms based on our market leading 11ac radio and processor technology,” said Mike Powell, Director Marketing for Enterprise Wireless, Broadcom Limited.