Building a Chelsio Switch using FreeBSD with Open vSwitch.

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frankharv

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Is anyone running Open vSwitch on FreeBSD? I see a package for it. Is there any port option which make that move desirable?
I tried Vale and did not like the experience.

I have Chelsio hardware and just bought a T580 to try 40GB networking.
My thought is 40GB for uplink ports and a bunch of T540 for client machines.

Thoughts?
 

frankharv

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I researched Open vSwitch and it seems focused on providing for VM's.

What I want is a general switch OS. Not pfSense or OPNSense but maybe something more like Sonic or Onie.

I got excited when I found Chelsio has a mode called eSwitch but I can't get it working on FreeBSD.

My though was all these Chelsio have ASIC why can't they be a switch.

I see people talking about OpenWRT for a switch OS but Chelsio is not well supported there.

I kind of gave up and bought a N3K Cisco with 32 ports 40Gbe. It was cheaper than anything I can build.
Powered by an i3 Intel chip? That was surprising.
 
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