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Friday, March 15 • 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Software Defined Fabric for OCP-based Leaf & Spine Switches

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Similar to the goals outlined and achieved by Facebook at its Prineville, Oregon, data center facility to prove the value of the Open Compute Project, Kaloom was founded with the vision of providing the most automated and programmable data center networking fabric that will disrupt how data centers are built and managed by cloud providers, telcos and enterprises. The company has created a Software Defined Fabric (SDF) that leverages open networking OCP-compliant white boxes from vendors including Accton and Delta Networks, among others, to reduce CAPEX. Automation features reduce OPEX and minimize time to deployment and configuration errors while the programmable capabilities of its fabric future-proofs network investments compared to slower, more costly merchant silicon product cycles. The fabric leverages OCP’s Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) so that the installer can easily load the network OS across a variety of OCP-compliant switches, delivering greater choice and enabling operators to avoid vendor lock-in. Integrating vRouter, vSwitch, vGateway and other networking functions into a more streamlined data plane pathway enables data center operators to realize OCP’s vision for highly efficient, low-cost operations with dramatically increased performance. By utilizing a container-based architecture and collapsing, or offloading, data plane functions from numerous VMs, a Software Defined Fabric architecture can deliver an increase of up to 2x in throughput with a 7x reduction in latency, improving overall networking efficiency by a factor of 5-10x. This speaker will examine new type of SDN-agnostic networking fabric controller for the OCP switch topology management of spine, leaf and controllers; including virtual fabric creation with resource allocation and modification to deliver virtual network fabric slicing; and utilizing external interfaces. This presentation will explore the benefits of OCP-compliant open source software for networking switch gear leveraging ONIE, and highlight collaboration opportunities with other network focused software projects including OpenStack, OpenShift, Kubernetes and Linux.

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Thomas Eklund

VP of Marketing and Strategy, Kaloom, Inc.
VP of Marketing and Strategy at Kaloom, Inc.Tom has a successful track record as an entrepreneur and as an executive, focusing on data driven businesses and networking. He has extensive experience operating global businesses, leading diverse cross functional teams and recruiting extraordinary... Read More →


Friday March 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
210 DH
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