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Penguin Computing has introduced the Arctica line of Ethernet network switches, a branded suite of industry standard Ethernet switches that are offered with multiple networking software options and enterprise support.

The Arctica switches are the first products on the market that are offered with Cumulus Linux pre-installed. Cumulus Linux is a complete Linux distribution for network switches. Users can utilise native Linux applications and tools for managing switch configurations as well as automation and monitoring tasks. The control and management planes are native Linux while the data path is accelerated using switching silicon. Existing and custom Linux applications run natively on the switch. With support for native Linux tool chains, Cumulus Linux makes it easier for users to develop new applications that solve challenges and enable further open source innovation.

The range initially comprises the 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switch Arctica 4804i and the 48-port 10 Gigabit Arctica 4804x. A 32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch is expected in Q4 2013.