FAQs About FS Data Center Switches

Updated on May 31, 2022

FS data center switch

FS data center switches bring scaling data center performance and enhanced features for network reliability and flexibility. Read on to know more about FS data center switches.

FS Data Center Switches at a Glance

The table below shows all data center switches FS provides. Each one of them offers high performance, low latency, and a rich set of features for data centers today.

Product Ports Switch Chip CPU Switching Capacity Forwarding Rate Max. Power Consumption
N5850-48S6Q 48x 10G SFP+, 6x 40G QSFP+ BCM56864 Trident II+ Intel Atom C2538 processor quad-core 2.4GHz 1.44 Tbps full duplex 1 Bpps 282W
N8550-48B8C 48x 25G SFP28, 2x 10Gb SFP+, 8x 100G QSFP28 BCM56873 Trident III Intel® Xeon® D-1518 processor quad-core 2.2 GHz 4 Tbps full duplex 2.9 Bpps 550W
N8550-32C 32x 100G QSFP28, 2x 10Gb SFP+ BCM56870 Trident III Intel® Xeon® D-1518 processor quad-core 2.2 GHz 6.4 Tbps full duplex 4.7 Bpps 550W
N9500-32D 32x 400G QSFP-DD BCM56980 Tomahawk III Intel Xeon D-1518 Quad-core 2.2 GHz 12.8 Tbps 19 Bpps 1300W
N5860-48SC 48x 10G SFP+, 8x 100G QSFP28 BCM56770 Cavium CN7130 (Quad-core, 1.2 GHz) 2.56 Tbps 1.90 Bpps 300W
N8560-48BC 48x 25G SFP28, 8x 100G QSFP28 BCM56873 Cavium CN7130 (Quad-core, 1.2 GHz) 4 Tbps 2.98 Bpps 300W
N8560-32C 32x 100G QSFP28 BCM56870 Intel® Xeon D-1527 (Quad-core, 2.2 GHz) 6.4 Tbps 4.76 Bpps 450W
N8560-64C 64x 100G QSFP28 BCM56970 Cavium CN7230 (Quad-core, 1.5 GHz) 12.8 Tbps 9.52 Bpps 600W
NC8200-4TD 8x 100G QSFP28/ 16x 40G QSFP+/ 24x 25G SFP28, 2x 100G QSFP28 BCM56870 Cavium CN6130 (Quad-core, 1.0 GHz) 6.4 Tbps 4.76 Bpps 650W
NC8400-4TH 32x 100G QSFP28 BCM56980 Intel® Xeon D-1527 (Quad-core, 2.2 GHz) 25.6 Tbps 19.05 Bpps 1950W

What FS Data Center Switches Bring?

10/25/40/100/400 GbE Switch Speeds for Multiple Scenarios

FS data center switches offer high-density 10/25/40/100/400 GbE multispeed interfaces, bringing up to 19.05 Bpps throughput. They support up to a maximum of 25.6 Tbps switching capacity, which meets flexible development needs of multiple data center scenarios.

Microsecond Latency and Zero Packet Loss

With key technologies such as PFC, ECN, and RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), FS data center switches provide efficient, low latency, lossless transport, necessary for modern datacenter applications.

Stacking or MLAG for High Resiliency

FS data center switches support industry-leading stacking technology or MLAG (Multi-chassis Link Aggregation Group) which can form logical peer-links between two switches. Both functions improve network resiliency and simplify network management.

Sound Security Protection Policies

FS data center switches comply with various security protection policies, including hardware-based IPv6 ACLs, hardware CPU protection mechanism, the Secure Shell (SSH), SNMPv3 and Network Foundation Protection Policy (NFPP), which ensures high-level security for data center spine and leaf deployments.

FAQs About FS Data Center Switches

Here is a list of FAQs about FS data center switches, concerning every aspect you may want to know.


Q: Can the fan of your N series switches support custom airflow direction?

A: The fan of our N series data center switches supports customizing airflow direction. They can provide either back-to-front airflow (air comes in from the back of the switch) or front-to-back (air exhausts through the back of the switch). For more information, please contact sales@fs.com.

Q: Is there a 48 volt DC power option for your switches?

A: Currently, FS provides Hot-swappable AC Power Supplies(1+1 Redundancy) by default. But FS can also customize the DC power supply for you. Please find your account manager for more details about the customized product.


Q: What is the FSOS operating system?

A: FSOS is a self-developed extensible open network operating system provided by FS.com, which can run on high-quality white box network switches perfectly. Switches with FSOS have software functions that support complete Layer 3 IPv4 and IPv6routing protocols, and are designed for small and medium data centers.

Q: What OS does your N9500-32D bare metal switch support?

A: N9500-32D is a white box without OS. You can use the following open OS: IPI (OcNOS_1.3.8), PICA8 PicOS and Sonic operating system. What functions this switch supports depends on what operating system you install.

Q: What are the main differences between FSOS vs. Cumulus operating systems?

A: Their differences mainly include:

  • Price: Self-developed software FSOS is free; Cumulus software is available with an additional fee.

  • Operation: FSOS operation is simpler and easier to understand. It is similar to Cisco command line, so network engineers can quickly understand the configuration.

  • Service: FSOS comes with professional and powerful after-sales services. FS IT team will quickly respond to your demands.

Q: Do the N series switches support OpenFlow? Is there any supporting network management software?

A: N5860-48SC and all N8560 series switches support OpenFlow. For other open source switches such as N5850-48S6Q, OpenFlow is not supported. But they can currently support Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)v1/v2/v3 for network management, and also support third-party SNMP network management software, such as Zabbix.

Q: What models in the N series switches support vxlan evpn?

A: FS data center switches that support EVPN-VXLAN include: N8560-32C, N5860-48SC, N8560-48BC, NC8200-4TD, N8550-48B8C, N8550-32C.


Q: Do the N series switches support Web management?

A: No, FS data center switches don't support Web, as is the case with most data center switches. But they support CLI/Telnet/SNMP/SSH.

Q: Are the N series switches compatible with Ansible?

A: Theoretically, they are compatible with Ansible. It can be realized by logging on to the switch remotely through SSH.

Product Comparison

Q: Can you tell me the difference between Fixed Series Switches, Modular Series Switches, and Open Networking Switches?

A: Modular Series Switches" can be used with some line cards to realize flexible port combination. The difference between "Fixed Series Switches" and "Open Networking Switches" is mainly the switch operating system. "Fixed Series Switches" is the fixed FSOS system installed. "Open Networking Switches" provide the self-developed extensible open networking operating system FSOS, which can perfectly run on the high-quality white box networking switches. And it can be replaced with other supported third-party Network Operating Systems (NOSs) according to your needs.

Q: I am very interested in both N8550 and N8560 switches. Can you provide a comparative analysis?

A: They have the following differences:

  • N8550 switches are white box switches and support ONIE. You can install your preferred systems. While the N8560 series is complete with an operating system.

  • N8560 switches are a little more expensive than N8550 series because of the built-in system.

  • N8560 switches support OpenFlow, VXLAN, EVPN, virtualization, BGP, PFC, ECN, DCBX, ZTP, NETCONF, programmable, MLAG, etc. If you want to use it in a cloud service scenario, N8560 switches are recommended.

Q: What's the difference between S5850-48S6Q and N5850-48S6Q?

A: S5850-48S6Q is a campus network switch with its own FSOS system and does not support the installation of other systems. N5850-48S6Q is a data center switch that supports ONIE. Other suitable operating systems can be installed. As a data center switch, N5850-48S6Q is better than the S5850-48S6Q in terms of performance and table entries.

Service & Warranty

Q: How long is the warranty period for FS data center switches?

A: We offer you a warranty period of five years for the purchase of our data center switches. The warranty covers only defects arising under normal use and does not include malfunctions or failures resulting from misuse, abuse, neglect, alteration, problems with electrical power, usage not in accordance with product instructions, acts of nature, or improper installation or improper operation or repairs made by anyone other than FS or an FS authorized service provider. Please check FS Products Warranty for detailed info.

Q: Do the switches have additional paid functions or services? Does FSOS software need to install the license?

A: There are no additional paid features. You do not need to install the licence. It is free to use the full features FSOS offers.

Q: I need to verify the functionality of: stack, MLAG, IP routing (OSPF), and VLAN. Would that kind of test be possible?

A: Yes, you can test these functions of our data center switches. Our remote testing service allows users to deploy and connect to products running in our lab. You can operate our switches remotely. Here is the link for application: https://www.fs.com/request_demo.html

If you have any questions about FS data center switches, you can always Contact Us for assistance.

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