While IT leaders want to develop automated networks with resilient and open architectures, they still must balance the promise of automation with the reality of manual networks. A recently released white paper from Cumulus Networks says it has an approach that can solve this challenge today: Deploy bare-metal switches with a Linux operating system on top of them.
The white paper, “Bare Metal Switches – Is There a Cost Benefit?” looks at both capex and opex savings when deploying bare-metal switches in the network infrastructure. It also examines the sample scenario of a greenfield deployment for new small- to mid-sized data-center network PODs (Performance Optimized Data Center). The white paper is free to SDxCentral members.
Just as bare metal servers allow you to load the operating system of your choice, bare-metal switches now can come with an installer environment so you can load your preferred network operating system. The paper says decoupling the networking gear from the operating system enables IT to better leverage the power of various hardware vendors and operating systems for their application requirements — at a lower cost for capacity and performance. Installing a Linux OS opens access to the universe of Linux’s widely deployed automation and orchestration tools.
The solution outlined in the white paper has been proven in the server industry and in massively scalable data-center networks. The paper says using the approach in small- to medium-sized environments can reap two to three times cost savings over incumbent solutions. It outlines how capex savings can be achieved but points out the major driver for the solution lies in the opex savings that come from automating the network.
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