FS.COM N8000-32Q vs Quanta 5032-LY6 40G Spine Switch

With the disaggregation of software and hardware, bare metal switches are attracting more and more attention. It is undeniable that bare metal switches bring a range of benefits to consumers. FS N-series bare metal switches combine with the latest R&D technology, giving consumers an excellent experience when they are introduced to the market. This article will introduce 40G spine switch and make a comparison to provide a reference for your choice.

Why Do You Need a 40G Spine Switch?

As virtualization goes popular, leaf-spine has become the mainstream of data center network deployment. With 40G spine switch, the limitations of traditional three-tier architectures can be overcome and a fast, scalable, predictable, and efficient communication architecture for data center switches can be created.

The Outline of 40G Leaf/Spine Switch

The leaf/spine switch consists of two layers: the leaf layer and the spine layer. The spine layer is made up of switches that perform routing. The leaf layer involves access switch that connects to the endpoints. In a leaf-spine architecture, each leaf switch is interconnected with each spine switch. The number of spine switches is limited to the number of uplink ports on the leaf. With the design, any server can communicate with any other server through one interconnection switch path between any two leaf switches. The architecture can be non-blocking by providing sufficient bandwidth from each leaf switch to spine switches.

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The Outline of FS.COM 40G Spine Switch

FS.COM N8000-32Q 32 port switch is a TOR (Top-of-Rack) or Spine switch that delivers a rich choice of interface speed and density, which can be deployed in a wide range of open networking solutions including large-scale layer 2 and layer 3 cloud designs, overlay networks, virtualized or traditional enterprise data center networks. Combined with Cumulus Linux network operating system, FS.COM N8000-32Q switch allows customers to deploy fast, high-capacity fabrics, simplified network automation and consistent tools, and help reduce operational and capital expenditures. With support for advanced features such as MLAG, VxLAN, and SNMP, FS.COM N8000-32Q is ideal for traditional or fully virtualized data centers. FS.COM N8000-32Q supports current and future data center requirements, including an x86-based control plane for easier integration of automation tools and compatibility with SDN via OpenFlow 1.3.11. In addition, it also supports advanced hardware-based VXLAN feature to support over 16M virtual networks.

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The Outline of Quanta 40G Spine Switch

Quanta 5032-LY6 is a network switch that supports 32 QSFP + (10/40GbE speed) ports in a compact 1U form factor. By leveraging the new generation commercial silicon chips, Quanta 5032-LY6 is a high-performance, high-density network switch for deploying data center infrastructure. With ONIE (Open Network Installation Environment) pre-loaded on Quanta 5032-LY6, it provides flexibility and allows choice of network operating system supported by the ONIE installer. The CPU board design allows Quanta 5032-LY6 to be installed with different CPU to meet the software requirement. This provides a flexible installation process and faster response to the changing business demands. Quanta 5032-LY6 can offer higher performance, higher availability, lower latency, and better maintainability.

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FS vs Quanta 40G Spine Switch

In general, FS.COM N8000-32Q and Quanta 5032-LY6 40G spine switch both can satisfy the basic needs of consumers during operation. But they vary in the choice and configuration of different materials. What are the subtle differences between them? Let’s take a look at the chart below.

Names FS.COM N8000-32Q Quanta 5032-LY6
Ports 32 x 40GE QSFP+ 32 QSFP+ ports
Management Port 1 x Serial Console and

1 x MGMT

1 RJ-45 out-of-band management port (10/100/1000M)
Switching Capacity 2.56Tbps full-duplex 2560Gbps
Forwarding Performance 1.44 Bpps 1904Mpps
Operating System Cumulus® Linux® OS ONIE
Switch Chip Trident 2 BCM56850 Broadcom StrataXGS Trident2
CPU Intel Rangeley C2538 2.4Ghz 4-core Intel Atom Processors
Latency 480ns <600ns
Dimensions (WxDxH) 433.8 x 520 x 43.8 mm 44x435x483mm
Rack Space 1U 1U

How to Choose Between Them?

In addition to what we know about performance and brand reputation, we should also consider three other important factors. First, the price. Quanta 5032-LY6 is priced at $14,200, while FS.COM N8000-32Q offers a good price at $8,299. If the budget is limited, consider choosing a cost-effective one. Second, the product warranty. Quanta 5032-LY6 provides a one-year warranty to consumers. In contrast, FS.COM N8000-32Q is backed by a five-year warranty. If you prefer a full follow-up guarantee, FS may be a good choice for you. Third, the operating system. Quanta 5032-LY6 comes pre-installed with ONIE, while FS.COM N8000-32Q pre-loaded with Cumulus Linux. For those interested in Cumulus operating system, FS.COM N8000-32Q 40G spine switch is definitely the ideal choice.


FS.COM N8000-32Q 40G spine switch belongs to FS N-series switches that designed for data center networks and high-end campus networks, providing stable, reliable and secure Layer 2/Layer 3 switching services. It delivers the high performance and port density with a complete chassis and fabric management solution, enabling converged data centers to operate at any scale while reducing operational costs and infrastructure complexity. In the previous articles, we introduced 10gb switch and 25gb switch of FS N-series switches. If you’d like one to improve your network, don’t hesitate to visit FS.COM.

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