A Cost-Effective Layer-2/Layer-3 Top-of-Rack Switch

Arctica 3200c Network Switch

Penguin Computing® Arctica® switches are cost effective Layer-2/Layer-3 capable top-of-rack switches, with models suited for aggregation and access layer roles. The latest Arctica® 3200c switch model is based on the newest ‘merchant silicon’ platform – the Broadcom Tomahawk®, capable of 100Gb, 50Gb, 40Gb, 25Gb and 10Gb link speeds. Unlike the switch offerings from traditional vendors, Arctica white box switches are truly open, enabling customer to deploy the switching stack or SDN solution best suited for the workload. Openness also encompasses the choice of high-speed interconnect media – a broad selection of budget friendly cables and optical transceivers are available. Like all current Arctica switch models, the Arctica 3200c switch features an x86 control processor which makes it easy to run open source and custom applications for automated switch provisioning, management and monitoring. The Arctica 3200c switch can be deployed in a top-of-rack role to support server deployments with 10, 25, 40 or 50Gb host connections and 100Gb uplinks. In aggregation layer roles, the Arctica 3200cs switch can be used as high-performance 100Gb spine switch with multiple L2 and L3 aggregation and routing schemes available. Penguin Computing recommends using Cumulus Linux®, the industry’s first true Linux network operating system that radically reduces operational expenses by simplifying network management. The Penguin Computing Arctica operating system provides an alternative software personality with emphasis on an SDN feature set based on OpenFlow 1.3. Arctica switches are available with a choice of software preloaded, backed by global hardware and software support options.

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Key Features

Arctica 3200c Network Switch Features

  • Latest Broadcom Tomahawk® packet engine
  • Intel x86 control processor running Linux stack and applications
  • 32 100Gb QSFP28 ports, each can be split to multiple 25 or 50Gb host links
  • Redundant two 800W power supplies to support 100Gb transceiver and AOC options
  • Airflow configurations for both front and rear facing I/O layouts
  • Serviceable hot-swap fans and power supplies
Technical Specs

Arctica 3200c Technical Specs

Form Factor
Form Factor1U
Height44 mm
Width433.8 mm
Depth520 mm
Weight10.18 kg
Physical Port
200GbE QSFP-DD Ports0
100GbE QSFP28 Ports32
40GbE QSFP+ Ports0
25GbE SFP28 Ports0
10GbE SFP+ Ports0
10GbE RJ45 Ports0
1GbE RJ45 Ports0
Management Port10/100/1000 Base-T Mgmt Port,
Console PortRJ45 Console Port,
USBUSB 2.0 Interface
Switching Capacity3.2 Tbps
Maximum Power Consumption650 W
Typical Power ConsumptionLess than 550W
Packet Buffer16 MB
CPU System
CPUIntel Rangeley, 4-core, 2.4 GHz
Memory4 GB
Storage16 GB (SSD)
Power System
ACAC: 2 x 800W
DCDC: 1 x 12 V
Fan System
Number of Fans4 + 1
Air FlowAC: F2B or B2F DC: 12V F2B
Mounting Hardware
Rackmount RailsSupported
Operating Environment
Temperature0C to 45C
Humidity5% - 90% non-condensing
Warranty3 Year

Arctica 3200c Configuration

Arctica 3200c Base System
Switch Chassis
QSFP28 Cables and Transceivers
QSFP28 Cables and Transceivers
QSFP28 Cables and Transceivers
Mounting Hardware
Power Cord
Power cord options for switches with dual AC inlets or a single DC inlet
Warranty & Service (ARCXLC)
Service (ARCXLC)
Network OS
Monitoring Software