HyperSwitch Networking

No matter how good your compute and storage architecture, your system is only as fast – and as reliable – as your network switching. To ensure integrated wire speed to the top-of-the-rack and beyond, we designed and built HyperSwitch™.

HyperSwitch is easily configured to each appliance in the rack and is the only ethernet switch built for upload / download equivalency, ensuring wire speed throughput. Having balanced in/out capacity on an optimized TOR switch is the foundation block to achieving facility-wide, wire speed.

HyperSwitch runs at 1GbE – 100GbE (and is next-gen ready). Being SONiC based, you get complete control of the rack, enabling; full configuration, SDN control, prioritization, performance optimization, and more.

HyperSwitch technical specifications

The switch to SONiC

SONiC is fast becoming the industry standard OS for switching. We say this based on clear growth in uptake, the deep user base at an enterprise scale, and the vibrant community of developers accelerating its progress. SONiC offers a full-suite of network functionality and has proven itself robust and ultra-reliable in some of the largest cloud-service data centers.

The SONiC specific switch

HyperSwitch is the purpose-built SONiC switch. We dived deep to discover what SONiC needs to perform at its peak, then designed and built HyperSwitch from scratch. It’s not a generic switch ‘optimized,’ every component in a HyperSwitch is there to fully support and enhance SONiC’s incredible capabilities, network monitoring and management control.

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Wire speed @ TOR and beyond

HyperSwitch is the only ethernet switch with a balanced in/out capacity, ensuring wire speed to the TOR and beyond. HyperSwitch is easily configured to individual appliance capacities and with its balanced upload / download equivalency will distribute data at full capacity, all day every day.

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Rock steady reliability

Ask any Data Center technician and they’ll tell you every single wire introduces reliability issues. So, we designed HyperSwitch without wires, using a monolithic high-speed backplane that operates up to 6 terabits per second. You get perfect data transmission at wire speed, with wire-free reliability.

Security starts with a background check

If your idea of a security check is the logo on the box, you may want to dig a little deeper. SoftIron is the only manufacturer to offer auditable provenance on all Data Center appliances, including that very vulnerable point – the Network Switch.

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Higher performance. Lower price.

You may be surprised to learn that a ‘Designed and assembled in California’ HyperSwitch sells for around 20% less than most ‘brand-name’ switches. It seems they can’t match our performance on price either.

Obligation-free 90 day trial

90-day risk-free trial

Try a HyperSwitch, totally risk-free, for a 90-day site-specific validation. If it doesn’t stay, you don’t pay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is SONiC?
    Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), an open source network operating system built by Microsoft for their Azure cloud platform for scale-out performance networking. Built using the Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), SONiC has innovated the networking space by breaking monolithic switching software operations into multiple containerized microservices. SONiC simplifies switch programming and offers operators independent control to build flexible, application specific hardware platforms that meet their specific and/or evolving IT needs. As an extensible platform built for containerization, SONiC can be easily augmented with third-party components and software, delivering virtually endless capabilities that serve a range of needs from SMBs to hyperscale data centers. SoftIron’s HyperSwitch creates a specialized hardware environment aimed at delivering the full power, performance, and scalability that SONiC has become renowned for.
  • What processor does HyperSwitch™ use?
    HyperSwitch units add power and extensibility by including an AMD EPYC™ Embedded 3000 Processor that can be used flexibly by network operators for network security applications such as firewalls, or for dedicated storage managers, and virtually any other software desired for custom networking operations.
  • What kind of environment is HyperSwitch™ ideal for?
    HyperSwitch is optimized for the needs of the enterprise data center of the future - which is being faced with the scale-out challenges that come with 5G, IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and more. The HyperSwitch family of switches are purpose built to address next generation network automation, including real-time visibility and switch table state modification for hyperscale data centers. Designed for maximizing price-performance efficiency and reducing TCO using network scale multi-die package technology (with power consumption of less than 150 watts), HyperSwitch is built for large scale service and performance, wire-speed across every port, and simplified core networking functionality that can be customized and easily upgraded or transferred.