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Update Alert: What’s New in Enterprise SONiC 4.1.1?

Update Alert What's New in Enterprise SONiC 4.1.1

Greetings, Fellow Network Aficionados!

The digital winds are heralding change, and the latest gust brings the release of Enterprise SONiC, version 4.1.1. As a staunch advocate for open networking, I am really excited about this one. Let’s delve deeper into the finer details of this latest update, with a focus on the groundbreaking hardware from Edgecore Networks and the software features poised to redefine our networking landscape.

Software Innovations: A Deep Dive

  • Support PAC Clients on L3 (Routing) VLAN: This feature, at its core, embodies dynamism and adaptability. It streamlines intricate network configurations, ensuring devices across different VLANs communicate seamlessly. And here’s a fun tidbit: this feature was added following a special request from UAS Technikum Wien, Austria’s esteemed university of applied sciences for technology and digitization. A big shoutout to them! With over 13,000 graduates and counting, they’re shaping the future of tech and digitization. Cheers to the brilliant minds at UAS Technikum Wien! 🎓
  • Scaling of DHCP Snooping Entries: Think of DHCP snooping as a vigilant gatekeeper, ensuring every device secures a unique identity (IP address) without overlaps. With enhanced scaling, it can cater to a larger audience, guaranteeing each one a distinct identity.
  • LDAP Enhancements:
    • “nss_getgrent_skipmembers” Configuration Option: This feature acts as a tailored filter in the vast realm of group lookups. It empowers network admins to determine the granularity of their group structures, aligning with specific organizational needs.
    • Mapping LDAP Groups to SONiC (RBAC) Roles: Picture a high-security vault where only select keyholders can access specific chambers. This feature ensures only the appropriate LDAP groups can access certain SONiC roles, enhancing network security and streamlining user management.

Edgecore Networks: The Hardware Revolution

Edgecore EPS203
Edgecore EPS203

Figure 1. EPS203 – MultiGig Ultra-PoE Campus switch (AS4630-54NPE)

This isn’t just a switch; it’s a networking marvel. Boasting 36 x 100M/1000M/2.5G ports, 12 x 1G/2.5G/5G/10GBASE-T, and 4 x 25G + 2 x 100G QSFP28 uplink ports, its versatility is unmatched. The PoE capabilities, with an impressive 2100W budget with dual PSUs, make it adaptable for a large range of applications, from lightning-fast internet to office illumination. And, powered by Trident3-X3, it’s a force to be reckoned with.


Figure 2. DCS520 – 25.6T Data Center Switch (AS9736-64DB)

Here, speed intertwines with innovation. Designed as a spine switch for high-performance tasks, it’s equipped with 64 x 400G QSFP56-DD ports. The support for 400G ZR or ZR+ compatible optics, coupled with a generous power budget per port, positions it as the “go-to” for data-heavy operations. Edgecore’s ingenious design addresses the heating challenges associated with ZR+, ensuring optimal performance. And if you’re curious about its core, it’s powered by the formidable Tomahawk, specifically Tomahawk5.

With these additions, our tally stands at 43 platforms from 6 vendors. Trust me, we’re merely scratching the surface of a networking renaissance!

So…? A small or big update? Only x.1.1, but… 😉

All in All

Enterprise SONiC, version 4.1.1, isn’t just an upgrade; it’s a quantum leap into the future of networking. With refined software enhancements and formidable hardware introductions, especially from Edgecore Networks, we’re not just keeping pace with the networking world; we’re setting the rhythm. Whether you’re a seasoned network engineer or a curious enthusiast, this release promises a treasure trove of features and innovations.

Stay connected, delve deeper, and together, let’s shape the future of networking!

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