The NFV PicoPod platform is the world’s most compact OPNFV Pharos pod for edge compute, vCPE and SDN applications. Made in collaboration between Marvell, EneaARM and PicoCluster, the NFV PicoPod is a complete and cost-effective OPNFV Pharos pod fully compliant with the OPNFV Pharos specification. Condensed to a cubic foot encasement that includes six Marvell MACCHIATObin™ boards, a power supply and a Marvell® Prestera® DX Ethernet switch, the NFV PicoPod accelerates the development of ARM-based NFV software, thereby bringing NFV to the masses. The PicoPod runs the latest OPNFV Danube software release for ARM, which has been integrated by Enea.

The Marvell MACCHIATObin board is a cost-effective, high-performance networking platform targeting ARM-based NFV ecosystem communities. This mini-ITX form-factor ARMv8 64bit platform is based on the Marvell® hyperscale SBSA-compliant ARMADA® 8040 system on chip (SoC) that features quad-core high-performance Cortex®-A72 ARM 64bit CPUs. The MACCHIATObin board supports the latest open developer standards including OpenDataPlane (ODP), Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and OpenFastPath (OFP).

The Marvell® Prestera® DX Ethernet switch is a high-density and intelligent 10GbE switch supporting fully packaged Layer2 and Layer3 networking application software. Additionally, the switch exposes Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) API to enable various open source network operating systems.

The NFV PicoPod was first demonstrated at the OPNFV Summit in Beijing, June 14-15. The unveiling of the NFV PicoPod at the OPNFV Summit can be seen in the video below:

The NFV PicoPod can be ordered from the Official PicoCluster website.

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