While OCP is generally a place where we see many high-end systems, we saw something at the OCP Regional Summit 2023 in Prague that was distinctively edge. The EdgeCore ECS4125-10P is a 2.5GbE PoE++ switch with 10GbE as well. This is the type of switch we have wanted to see for some time, making it exciting.
EdgeCore ECS4125-10P 2.5GbE PoE++ Switch at OCP Regional Summit 2023 Prague
While Accton/ EdgeCore may be better known for its data center switches, the company is now branching out into the edge. That includes a number of WiFi 6 APs (no WiFi 6E shown at OCP.)
That new line of WiFi APs means that one needs a PoE switch to power and connect the APs. That is exactly where the EdgeCore ECS4125-10P comes in.
With the newer generation of access points able to achieve speeds of over 1Gbps, 2.5GbE networking becomes a better uplink port speed. Likewise, the new APs use more power than the typical PoE+ budget, so PoE++ is needed. That is why the eight 2.5GbE ports are PoE++.
For the uplink, there are two SFP+ 10GbE ports as well. That means there is enough uplink bandwidth to match the downstream 2.5GbE ports.
These are certainly the hardware specs that we have wanted to see for some time.
The 8-port PoE++ with two 10GbE uplinks has been a form factor that needs to be more popular. Just powering modern WiFi 6/6E APs and providing the uplink bandwidth for WiFi means that PoE++ and 2.5GbE should be more popular. One of the major reasons we just did the Ultimate Cheap Fanless 2.5GbE Switch Mega Round-Up is to push more vendors to make exactly this form factor.
Stay tuned to the STH main site article as we have those first 15x 2.5GbE switches and another 7x that are already in the STH lab. We are trying to get 1-2 individual switch reviews done each week.
It was just funny that STH saw this switch at the hyper-scale focused OCP event.