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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.

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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.

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Why SoftIron?

Task-specific engineering that delivers power efficient performance

HyperDrive has been designed from the ground up for full interoperability with Ceph. This, combined with a form factor designed to maximise cooling efficiency, means that single racks can be densely provisioned while remaining within power limits. Filling racks in this manner, and distributing data evenly with powerful replication methods, can offer dramatic cost savings compared to traditional enterprise solutions.

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Fully auditable secure provenance

Where other manufacturers opt to cut costs by outsourcing manufacture to third parties (and therefore passing on the supply chain risks to their customers) SoftIron takes the opposite approach.

SoftIron has in-house, full control over the design and manufacture of our products. Because of this, we can readily enable appliance integrity audits and system verification at a granular level by third parties.

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Simplify infrastructure management tasks at any scale

Skilled network and data engineers are difficult to find, and not all organisations can afford to hire one even when they’re available.

HyperDrive addresses critical skills shortages around data infrastructure management, by simplifying common data centre administration and maintenance tasks. By using SoftIron’s products, customers can conduct many previously complex data management tasks via the dashboard provided by the HyperDrive Storage Manager, and our patented “Ceph button”.

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Comprehensive, cost effective support options

SoftIron’s superior, end-to-end support and professional services are designed to help your team get the maximum value from your storage environment. Improve your time-to-value by making use of our factory configuration services, or take advantage of our hardware support tiers for L2 engineer access and periodic service reviews.

And if you need access to industry leading expertise, our HyperSafe Ceph Support program is available to anyone running Ceph – not just those using HyperDrive.

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