As vendors continue to tout networking architectures that decouple software from hardware, bare-metal switches are moving into the spotlight. These switches are built on merchant silicon that may provide fewer features than proprietary chips but enable a lower-cost and more flexible switching alternative. White box switches are poised to be open enough to allow network vendors and users to choose their network operating system, depending on their organization's needs.
Read more about company bare-metal strategies, as well as the difference between bare-metal switches and white-box switching, and the Open Compute project.
1Cumulus's bare-metal switches-
Cumulus Networks' bare-metal switch strategy
Cumulus Networks created the first Linux operating system for network hardware. Cumulus is also partnering with companies like Dell to offer its Linux network OS on Dell's networking hardware. Read about the company's bare-metal switch evolution, and how its partnership with Dell is enabling the industry to better embrace bare-metal switches.
By using Linux as an OS, Cumulus Networks is making bare-metal switches available that are cheaper and easier to automate. Continue Reading
Dell is now allowing customers to run Cumulus and other operating systems on its switches by embracing bare-metal switching. Continue Reading
2Big Switch goes bare-metal-
Learn about Big Switch's bare-metal strategy
Big Switch has made the move to bare-metal switches. Read about the company's decision to go with bare-metal, what this means for its SDN strategy, and how company partners are integrating its SDN software into their bare-metal switches.
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3Facebook Open Compute project-
Facebook's Open Compute project employs bare-metal networking
Facebook's Open Compute project was designed to share more efficient server and data center designs with the IT industry. Learn how the project is incorporating open switches into its initiative and the impact this is having on Linux-based networking.
Facebook's Open Compute project is leading to the rise of Linux-based networking and programmability. Continue Reading
4All about white-box switching-
Bare-metal switches vs. white-box switching
Are bare-metal switches and white-box switches one and the same? Explore what white-box switches are and how they differ from bare-metal switches.
See how network admins can choose either-or to receive the same performance. Continue Reading
Read why white-box switches are a result of increased commoditization in the marketplace and how they'll be used in enterprise networks. Continue Reading