Bare metal switches are original design manufacturer (ODM) switches without an operating system pre-loaded on them. They use common merchant silicon ASIC from vendors like Broadcom, Spectrum, and Barefoot Tofino. Unlike traditional switches, bare metal switches give customers the freedom to choose a network operating system that best fits their needs. By separating the hardware and software customers typically see significant CapEx and OpEx savings over traditional networking. You will also be able to innovate faster with a DevOps and community approach. There is typically a multitude of other benefits after a customer makes the initial investment to move to an open networking model. Talk to our experts to make sure you get the right combination of hardware and software with features such as VxLAN, eVPN, and MPLS. The NOS needs to be loaded onto a bare metal switch, which can be done by the customer or our engineers. Hardware Nation specializes in open networking solutions and can help with virtually any question.
Hardware Nation is an authorized dealer of top vendors including Edge-Core, NVIDIA, UfiSpace, Pica8, IP Infusion, SONiC, DENT and ONL. We can help you select, deploy and manage bare metal switches. We provide assessments, support and custom solutions.