The bare metal switch is an open network switch that enables consumers to choose components like application, network operating system, hardware, and driver depending on their own needs. This flexible choice saves time and money for the project, meets different needs, and provides an affordable, easy-to-manage network environment, which is very beneficial to the business. In this article, we will focus on the 25G switch and make a comparison of FS N8500-48B6C 25G bare metal switch and Edgecore AS7312-54XS 25G bare metal switch.
Overview of FS 25G Bare Metal Switch
FS N8500-48B6C switch is a top-of-rack (TOR) or leaf 25G bare metal switch in a compact 1U form factor for high performance and programmable data center environments. It performs excellent low latency and power efficiency in a PHY less design while providing high-reliability features such as redundant and hot-swappable power supplies and fans in forward and reverse airflow configurations. The layer 3 switch supports advanced features such as MLAG, VxLAN, SFLOW, SNMP, and MPLS, making it ideal for a traditional or fully virtualized data center. FS N8500-48B6C supports current and future data center requirements, including an x86-based control plane for easier integration of automation tools, an ONIE installer for 3rd party network operating systems and compatibility with Software Defined Networks via OpenFlow 1.3.11. In addition, FS N8500-48B6C supports the advanced hardware-based VXLAN feature to support over 16M virtual networks.
Overview of Edgecore 25G Bare Metal Switch
Edgecore AS7312-54XS switch is a top-of-rack (TOR) or spine 25G bare metal switch in a compact 1U form factor for high-performance data centers. Edgecore AS7312-54XS can be deployed as a TOR switch supporting 10/25 GbE to servers with 40/100 GbE uplinks, or as a spine switch supporting 40/100 GbE spine interconnects. This open network switch is loaded with the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) which supports the installation of compatible Network Operating System software, including the open source options Open Network Linux and Open Switch, plus commercial NOS offerings.
FS N8500-48B6C vs Edgecore AS7312-54XS
Though FS N8500-48B6C 25G bare metal switch and Edgecore AS7312-54XS 25G bare metal switch have a lot in common, they differ from each other with different features. Here we list the main characteristics of them.
|Names||FS N8500-48B6C||Edgecore AS7312-54XS|
|Predominant Port Type||25GbE SFP28||25GbE SFP28|
|CPU||Broadwell-DE 2.2Ghz 2-core||Intel Atom® C2538 quad-core 2.4|
|Switching Chip||Tomahawk+ BCM56967||Broadcom BCM56967 Tomahawk+|
|Jumbo Frames||9K Bytes||9216 Bytes|
|Switching Capacity||3.6Tbps full-duplex||3.6Tbps full-duplex|
|Forwarding Rate||4.7 Bpps||2.6 Bpps|
|Integrated Packet Buffer||16 MB||22 MB|
|MAC address||32K||8K / 136K|
|VLAN IDs||4 K||4 K|
|Compatible Software Option||Cumulus Linux, Open Compute Project, PicOS™ from Pica8 Inc, SnapRoute CN-NOS, and Broadcom- ICOS||Cumulus Linux, Open Compute Project, PicOS™ from Pica8 Inc, and SnapRoute CN-NOS|
Which One to Choose?
With all the features listed above, the FS 25G bare metal switch and Edgecore 25G bare metal switch both perform well during operation. In terms of price comparison, FS N8500-48B6C dominates the advantage. For all those features offered, FS N8500-48B6C has an MSRP of US$ 6,199, whereas Edgecore AS7312-54XS costs US$7,152. They both are ideal for high-performance data centers, if you want to buy a cost-effective with future requirements ensured, FS N8500-48B6C 25G bare metal switch will be your best choice.
Bare metal switch indeed makes our choice flexible and closer to our needs. FS N8500-48B6C 25G bare metal switch belongs to FS N-series switches designed for next-generation metro, data center and enterprise network applications. In addition, FS also offers S-series switches such as 1gbe switch, 10gbe switch, 40gbe switch, 100gbe switch. They are all designed to achieve flexibility, efficiency and cost effectiveness in data center networks. Just visit FS.COM, you’ll be surprised by all those cost-effective products.