The name Aricent has been bouncing around the technology background for sometime. The company has 12,000 employees and has been manufacturing products for 25 years, which is about a long as Cisco. (Aricent started out as Hughes Electronics and then rebranded).
It’s been a supplier of software components and hardware designs to the usual network vendors for the last 20 years, but is now looking to go direct to the market like other suppliers.
Aricent now sells Ethernet switches direct to market:
Aricent, a global design and engineering company, and a leader in data center networking infrastructure announced its Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) Release 10.1 upgrade at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan last week. The new release is designed to support web scale data centers that run thousands of servers and network port speeds up to 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).
I don’t have much information on the hardware, OS or apps on the switch. From the press release:
Aricent ISS Release 10.1 with ConvergedOS, on the new Marvell Prestera chipsets is targeted to support the features essential for Top-of-Rack and leaf-and-spine applications in data centers, private clouds, and enterprise networks, including:
- Network virtualization overlay with VXLAN, MP-BGP-based EVPN
- Advanced QoS
- Traffic monitoring with sFLOW and remote mirroring
- Multi-Chassis Link-Aggregation Group (MC-LAG)
- Event-driven BGP and time synchronization for packet tracing
- Port density and flexible port speeds supporting 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 GbE
- Policy-based telemetry
The feature set looks reasonably complete, and its a new operating system to add to my list. I’m trying to get some more info but it seems that this is limited release targeted at the MSDC market.