PicoCluster create ARM NFV platform in a box

PicoCluster create ARM NFV platform in a box

PicoCluster is known for making clusters, with a selection of Raspberry Pi, oDroid or Pine64 platforms, switches and connections to the outside world in an acrylic cube. They recently worked with Marvell MRVL 39,68 -1,33 -3,24% and Enea to create the PicoPod.

The cluster uses 6 MACCIATObin boards featuring the Marvell Armada 8040 Quad-core Cortex-A72 64-bit SoC, 2x 10Gb Ethernet ports and up to 16GB of RAM. These link with a 10Gb/s using Marvell’s Prestera DX architecture. All packaged with a power supply in PicoClusters’s unique acrylic case. This exposes their inner workings, as with all builds the devices inside are caseless.

From a software perspective, the cluster runs OPNFV Danube, integrated for the by Enea Unfortunately, we could not get stock quote STO:ENEA this time.. Enea with their experience in NFV management tools ensures a compliant NFV test cluster. They also run a Pharos lab to help test the environments for OPNFV. The community can expand the testing process using tools like the PicoPod. Especially since a fully assembled NFV PicoPod is available for $5,000.

See the Press Releases on this from Enea and a blog post by PicoCluster, as well as a blog from the ARM Community.

John Dixon

John Dixon is the Principal Consultant of thirteen-ten nanometre networks Ltd, based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom. He has a wide range of experience, (including, but not limited to) operating, designing and optimizing systems and networks for customers from global to domestic in scale. He has worked with many international brands to implement both data centres and wide-area networks across a range of industries. He is currently supporting a major SD-WAN vendor on the implementation of an environment supporting a major global fast-food chain.

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