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Dive into Connectivity Excellence with FS S5870 Series Bare Metal Switches

Posted on Feb 1, 2024 by
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Bare metal switch, also known as white box switch, is a network switch without pre-installed operating system or software. Bare metal switch is a hardware platform designed to run various network operating systems, and customers can choose and install them themselves. FS S5870 series bare metal switches also follow the trend.

What Are Bare Metal Switches?

Bare metal switches usually refer to a hardware switch that is not bundled with any pre-installed network operating system (NOS). This device is usually manufactured by original equipment manufacturers (ODMs), and its hardware design may be open and standardized, allowing users to choose and install their preferred software stack. Bare metal switch usually provides a high-performance network platform built with standardized hardware suitable for data centers.

Unlike closed systems such as Cisco and Huawei, bare metal switches, a form of open network switches, offer a departure from traditional switch architectures. These switches, often coupled with Software-Defined Networking (SDN), provide flexibility and efficiency by decoupling software and hardware. This approach fosters simplified network upgrades and function expansion, promoting cost-effective and adaptable solutions for modern network deployments. Following OCP standardization, the hardware includes switching chips, CPU chips, network interface cards, storage, and peripheral devices, while the software comprises the network operating system and associated applications.

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Highlights of FS S5870 Series Bare Metal Switches

FS S5870 Series Switches are advanced 1G L3 enterprise switches known for their high performance and robust security features. This series includes multiple models, each based on different Broadcom chips, catering to various networking needs.

Broadcom Chip Compatibility

The compatibility of FS S5870 series switches with Broadcom chips ensures not just current but also future-ready network solutions. Supporting a variety of open network software, including SONiC, Open Network Linux (ONL), and Pica8 Inc. PicOS®™, these switches show adaptability to leading industry platforms. Beyond the mentioned software, the FS S5870 series extends its compatibility to a broader spectrum of open network solutions. Whether integrating SONiC's innovative switch software, adopting ONL's open-source initiative, or harnessing the robust features of PicOS®™, these switches offer versatility to meet diverse requirements in modern network environments. With seamless integration into dynamic and diverse network setups, FS S5870 series switches stand out as the ideal choice for users.

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High Reliability Design

FS S5870 series switches provide multi-level high-reliability support, including ERPS (Ethernet Ring Protection Switch), STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) and its variants, VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol), BFD (Bidirectional Forwarding Detection) and other protocols. Specific models further enhance reliability, such as RLDP (Remote Loop Detection Protocol), REUP (Fast Ethernet Uplink Protection), etc., ensuring excellent stability and reliability in different network scenarios. By integrating these important protocols and functions into switch hardware, FS S5870 series provide users with powerful network fault self-healing capabilities, significantly reducing downtime and improving business continuity. In addition, supporting these features also helps simplify network management and improve operation and maintenance efficiency. For users seeking to build high availability, low latency, and high-performance network infrastructure, choosing a switch that supports such advanced features is very important.

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Enhanced Security Measures

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a specially designed security hardware chip that can provide hardware-level security features to enhance the security of the entire system. This chip is widely used in various network and computing devices, including switches, and can provide the foundation for secure deployment. FS S5870 series switches equipped with TPM 1.2 or TPM 2.0 security chips provide hardware-level security enhancements, including protecting encryption keys, ensuring secure boot, performing system integrity verification, and supporting enhanced remote authentication, significantly improving the security protection capabilities of network devices, reducing the risk of data leakage and network attacks, especially suitable for network environments with strict security requirements.

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Future-Ready Networking Solution

The FS S5870 series switches include 1 + 1 hot-swappable power supply and 2 + 1 redundant fans (some models have 2 + 2 redundant fans), as well as centralized zero-touch configuration (ZTP) and configuration management supporting AmpCon™ Controller. This series of features increases the power and cooling redundancy of the device, ensures uninterrupted operation, and simplifies network setup and management processes. Users can extend software support through subscription services to ensure continuous updates and assistance, and can also use PicOS-V to prototype network operations, verify configurations, and test features before deployment in actual network environments, which increases the flexibility of network operations and helps with risk control.

In summary, FS S5870 series switches provide rich features and benefits, from high software compatibility to enhanced system reliability, enhanced security, and simplified system installation and management, all of which are valuable advantages for large enterprises and data center network administrators to build and maintain modern networks.

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How to Choose FS S5870 Series Bare Metal Switches

FS and Pica8 jointly announced a strategic cooperation. Pica8 has officially authorized FS to sell its full range of products, and will also provide customers with follow-up services to meet network customization and future upgrade needs. Currently, customers can obtain PicOS® ® series products, PicOS-V and AmpCon™ ™ network managers and complete service support through FS.

Each model has a bare metal switch, and the corresponding software license and service support are also online, which is convenient for customers to choose from.

Type Model Ports Product ID Features Application scenarios
Enterprise Switches S5870-48T6S

48 x 1G RJ45

6 x 1G / 10G SFP+

Bare Metal: 205971

1. Support L3

2. Compatible with PicOS® and SONiC

3. Broadcom chips

1. For managing Data center racks and enterprise or campus access networks

2. 1GbE is connected to the server node and storage node management port in the rack, and the uplink is connected to the management network aggregation switch

3. SONiC, SDN network environment

S5870-48T6BC

48 x 1G RJ45

4 x 25G SFP28

2 x 100G QSFP28

Bare Metal: 205975

1. Support L3

2. Compatible with PicOS® and SONiC

3. The upstream port can meet the high-speed access requirements

4. Broadcom chips

1. Data center rack management or enterprise access network

2. 1GbE connections to server nodes and storage node management ports in the rack, and 25GbE uplinks to management network aggregation switches

3. SONiC, SDN network environment

S5870-48T6S-U

48 x 1G RJ45

6 x 1G / 10G SFP+

Bare Metal: 205303

1. Support L3

2. Compatible with PicOS® and SONiC

3. Support PoE ++, ports 1-40 support up to 30w, 41-48 support up to 90w

4. Broadcom chips

1. PoE function can power enterprises, hospitals, warehouses, and retail environments by connecting security devices, Wi-Fi access points, IP phones, and IP cameras

2. SONiC, SDN network environment

S5870-48T6BC-U

48 x 1G RJ45

4 x 25G SFP28

2 x 100G QSFP28

Bare Metal: 205305

1. Support L3

2. Compatible with PicOS® and SONiC

3. The upstream port can meet the high-speed access requirements

4. Broadcom chips

1. Power supply and data transmission for access layer security monitoring, IP phones, APs and other devices

2. SONiC, SDN network environment

S5870-48MX6BC-U

36 x 2.5G | 12 x 2.5/5/10G RJ45

4 x 25G SFP28

2 x 100G QSFP28

Bare Metal: 205307

1.Support L3

2. Compatible with PicOS® and SONiC

3. Multi-rate PoE ++ (48 ports)

4. Broadcom chips

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Summary

FS S5870 series bare metal switches, designed with compatibility for Broadcom chips, provide elevated reliability, improved security, and a forward-looking networking solution, guaranteeing optimal performance and adaptability. If you require assistance in selecting the most suitable product, feel free to consult our sales team for expert guidance.

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