Gigabit Ethernet enterprise switches target enterprise, campus access networking

May 30, 2023
Edgecore Networks has launched its EPS120 Series of high-performance Gigabit Ethernet enterprise switches. The company says the new range of 1G open switches scales across enterprise and campus access networking deployment scenarios.
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Edgecore Networks, a global provider of traditional and open network platforms for enterprises, data centers, and telecommunication service providers, has announced the launch of its newest high-performance enterprise switch family, the EPS120 Series.

These optimized 1Gbps open switches are ideal for large retailers, campuses, and enterprise branches, offering robust 1G switching performance with high data transmission bandwidth and a large packet buffer to absorb traffic bursts.

The EPS120 Series is powered by the latest Broadcom Trident3-X2 chipset family and a COMe board with an Intel Atom CPU, boasting expanded RAM and SSD capacity for improved switch control-plane performance. The switch series enables container-based NOS architectures, such as SONiC, to create feature-rich, unified, and scalable 1G networks, bringing BGP EVPN-VxLAN deployments to enterprise and campus environments.

Its full line-rate L2/L3 forwarding and switching, multi-homing, telemetry, and large packet buffer make it ideal for both access and management networks.

PoE model EPS122

The switch series’ PoE model, the EPS122, features 6 x 10G uplinks and 48 x 1G downlinks with non-blocking capacity, of which eight can deliver up to 90 Watts of power per port, and the remaining 40 can deliver up to 30 Watts to each connected powered device.

This flexibility allows for seamless deployment of Power-over-Ethernet wireless access networks, security applications, and campus networks utilizing existing Cat. 6/Cat. 6A cable infrastructure to power and connect surveillance cameras, wireless access points, and VoIP Phones.

Additionally, the enhanced PoE budget of up to 1850W makes it effortless for network administrators to plan and deploy powered devices in ultra-high-density retail or warehouse environments for security and surveillance purposes.

Enterprise, cloud data center model EPS121

The EPS121 model combines 48 x 1G downlinks and 6 x 10G uplinks with non-blocking capacity, and SONiC for a simplified and unified deployment across data and management planes, connecting to 48 x 1G RJ-45 management ports of switches, servers, and storage devices per rack in a cloud data center or enterprise data center.

With the EPS121 acting as a management switch and running the same SONiC stack as the ToR, leaf, and spine switches, the operation, management, monitoring, and control of the entire network is greatly simplified.

Edgecore Networks product line manager Powen Tsai commented:

"Edgecore is dedicated to advancing open networking towards the edge of the enterprise. The EPS120 switches running SONiC software provide the performance required for access networks. And, by utilizing Edgecore’s cutting-edge and proven robust designs, enterprises are able to build networks that minimize operational expenses and total cost of ownership. At Edgecore, we continue to prioritize user experience first."

A wholly owned subsidiary of global network ODM Accton Technology Corporation, Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and platforms through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise and SMB customers.The company is a provider of a full line of open networking 1G-400G Ethernet OCP Accepted switches, core routers, cell site gateways, virtual PON OLTs, packet transponders, and Wi-Fi access points that offer choice of commercial and open source NOS and SDN software.

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Matt Vincent | Senior Editor

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