A Closer Look at 100G Switch Market

To keep up with growing enterprise networks, transmission speeds and expansions in data center capacities are constantly changing, from 1G, 10G, 40G to 100G. And obviously, 100G will become the mainstream. It is said that by 2019, 100G Ethernet will make up more than 50 percent of data center fiber optic transmissions. To smoothly migrate to 100G Ethernet, 100G switch plays an important role. This article will guide you to have a closer look at 100G switch market and introduce several 100G switches.

100G Switch Market Option 1: FS.COM N8500-32C 100G Switch

The FS.COM N8500-32C switch is a 32 port 100G switch. It has 32 100GbE QSFP28 ports and can achieve 6.4 Tbps full-duplex switching capability. In addition, FS.COM N8500-32C 100G switch uses Broadcom ICOS as its operating system. Designed in a compact 1U form factor, it is ideally suited for high performance and programmable data center environments. As a 100G ToR switch, FS.COM N8500-32C 100G Ethernet switch provides line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data. Redundant power and fans along with numerous high availability features ensure that N8500-32C is always available for business-sensitive traffic. With support for advanced features, including MLAG, VxLAN, SFLOW, SNMP, MPLS etc, FS.COM N8500-32C switch is a good choice for traditional or fully virtualized data center. This 100G switch price is US$ 9,199.00.

FS.COM N8500-32C 100G switch

100G Switch Market Option 2: Dell S6100-ON 100G Switch

Dell Networking S6100-ON Switch is a 2RU high-density 10/25/40/50/100GbE fixed switch with choice of up to 32 ports of 100GbE (QSFP28), 64 ports of 50GbE (QSFP28), 64 ports of 40GbE (QSFP+), 128 ports of 25GbE (SFP28) or 128 ports of 10GbE (using breakout cable) and two fixed SFP+ ports of 10GbE/1GbE/100MbE. It provides up to 6.4 Tbps of switching I/O bandwidth (full duplex) and non-blocking switching fabric delivering line-rate performance under full load with sub usec latency. Dell Networking S6100-ON 100G switch supports Dell EMC Networking’s Open Automation Framework, providing enhanced network automation and virtualization capabilities for virtual data center environments. It is a 100G ToR switch which can provide high-density 10/25/40/50/100GbE ToR server aggregation in high-performance data center environments. This 100G switch price is US $4,717.65.

100G Switch Market Option 3: Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk II 100G Switch

Broadcom StrataXGS Tomahawk II switch was released on October, 2016. It supports up to 64 ports 100GE or 128 ports of 40GE/50GE with SDN-optimized packet switch engines operating at 6.4 Terabits per second. The StrataXGS Tomahawk II offers increased bandwidth capacity, scalability, and cost efficiency for mega data centers and high performance computing (HPC) environments. Manufactured in 16nm, Tomahawk II integrates 256 serdes running at over 25 Gbps, with large on-chip forwarding tables and packet buffer memory. With next generation BroadView instrumentation and control capabilities, Tomahawk II provides enhanced traffic load balancing, network visibility and control of traffic provisioning. Tomahawk II’s proven architecture and comprehensive feature-set will enable partners to develop and deploy solutions more quickly, accelerating the transition to high density 100GE interconnect.

100G Switch Market Option 4: HPE FlexFabric 5950 32QSFP28 Switch (JH321A)

The HPE FlexFabric 5950 32QSFP28 switch is a 32 port 100G switch whivh provides advanced features and high performance in a top-of-rack, data center switch architecture. It has 32 QSFP28 and 2 SFP+ ports, dual hot-pluggable power supplies and six fan trays. In addition, it can provide up to 3.2 Tbps switching capacity. This 100G ToR switch utilizes intelligent Resilient Fabric (IRF) technology which simplifies the architecture of server access networks. With ultra-low-latency, HPE FlexFabric 5950 32QSFP28 switch is ideally suited for deployment at the spine and server access layer in large enterprise data centers. This 100G switch price is US $17,037.99.


The telecom industry develops rapidly and higher bandwidth networking is a trend. The 100G Ethernet’s time will come soon and 100G switch market gradually receives much attention. This article introduce several kinds of 100G Ethernet switches and I hope it can help you choose a best network switch for your 100G networking.


Decoding White Box Switch

As data communication industry develop rapidly, people’s requirements for network applications have become more sophisticated. Switch, as a box shaped optical component, is the heart of network connection. On the market, the price of switch is high because of the hardware and software inside it. With a low cost and excellent performance, white box switch has been a hot topic in the past few years. This article is going to decode white box switch.

Overview of White Box Switch

White box switch refers to the ability to use “generic”, off-the-shelf switching (or white box switching) and routing hardware, in the forwarding plane of a software-defined network (SDN). White box switch represents the foundational element of the commodity networking ecosystem. It is really just that—”blank” standard hardware. And customers are able to choose the elements they need to realize their SDN objectives.

white box switch

The operating system (OS) of white box switch may come already installed or can be purchased from a software vendor and loaded separately. For hardware, hardware suppliers can manufacture or design it for white box switch according to customers’ requirements. A white box switch may come pre-loaded with minimal software or it may be sold as a bare metal device.

Advantages of White Box Switch

From the above content, it is not difficult to find that the obvious advantage of white box switch is that the switch can be customized to meet specific business and networking needs. In addition, there are some other advantages of white box switch.

Cost: White box switch is cheaper than branded switch. In fact, most of customers will never use some features pre-loaded in integrated switching and routing platforms, but they still have to pay extra expenses for these features. Being able to be customized, white box switch can remove some useless features for customers. Therefore, the overall cost of white box switch is lower than branded switch.

Quality: The quality of white box switch is as good as branded switch. The hardware suppliers are professional OEM factories, and the hardware installed in white box switch is the same as that in branded switch. Besides, the function of white box switch is designed according to the need of customer. Therefore, the quality of white box switch can be guaranteed.

Capability: White box switch is often superior to traditional layer 2/3 switch. Typically used as a top-of-rack switch or as part of an SDN deployment, white box switch supports industry standards. In addition, it is highly programmable and work with orchestration tools. Characterized by strong telemetry capability and openness, the user does not have to worry about the capability of white box switch.

FS 40G/100G White Box Switches

FS 40G/100G white box switches are based on IPinfusion’s ZebOS with integration of Layer 2 to Layer 4 packet processing engine, traffic management and fabric interface, aiming to achieve flexibility, scalability, efficiency and cost effectiveness in data center networks. Furthermore, the operating systems of FS 40G and 100G Ethernet switches are developed on the basis of Linux and similar to Arista EOS. All the 40G/100G white box switches in FS support SDN function which can make networks more affordable and easier to manage. The following table shows three types of FS 40G/100G white box switches and some equivalents that have the same switching capability.

S5850-32S2Q S5850-48S2Q4C S5850-48S2Q4C
Ports 32*SFP+ & 2*QSFP+ 48*SFP+ & 2*QSFP+ & 4*QSFP28 20*QSFP+ & 4*QSFP28
Throughput 596Mpps 1200Mpps 1200Mpps
Switching Capacity 800Gbps 1.92Tbps 2.4Tbps
CPU Freescale PowerPC P1010 Freescale PowerPC P1010 Freescale PowerPC P1010
Equivalents Cisco Meraki MS425-32 Arista 7280E Cisco Catalyst 9500-24Q

Customers are always trying to find a new way to improve efficiency and reduce cost. This pushes the routing networking to evolve. White box switch, integrating fully open-sourced hardware and software, can effectively lower the cost and meet the requirement for SDN application environment. FS.COM 40G/100G white box switches are high performance gigabit switches that support SDN deployment while providing cost-effective solutions for next generation metro, data center and enterprise Ethernet networks.

Introduction to Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch

It is undeniable that switch is the heart of the telecommunication network. Now is the time for 100G Ethernet network and 100G switch is widely deployed in data center. Cisco Unified Fabric family is able to get high-density, advanced programmability, low latency, workload isolation, and wire-rate layer 2 and 3 switching on a data-center-class, Cisco NX-OS operating system. This article is going to introduce one kind of this series—Cisco Nexus 3232C switch.

Overview of Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch

The Cisco Nexus 3232C switch is a 1U fixed form-factor 100G switch with 32 qsfp28 ports. Each QSFP28 port can operate at 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100Gbps, up to a maximum of 128 x 25Gbps ports. It runs the industry leading Cisco NX-OS Software operating system which provides customers with comprehensive features and functions that are widely deployed. In addition, the QSFP28 transceiver, AOC cable and DAC cable can work on its QSFP28 ports. Here is a figure of Cisco Nexus 3232C switch for you.

Cisco Nexus 3232C switch
Advantages of Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch

There are many advantages of Cisco Nexus 3232C switch which will be introduced in this part.

High-density ports: It structured with 32 qsfp28 ports. Each QSFP28 port can be configured to work as 4 x 25Gbps ports, offering deployment flexibility, with up to a maximum of 128 x 25Gbps ports.

Flexibility: The switch can be used for fiber-based network deployment and copper-based network deployment. Both fiber and copper cabling solutions are available for 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G and 100G connectivity, including AOC cable and DAC cable.

High performance and scalability: With a four-core CPU, 8GB of DRAM and 16Mb of dynamic buffer allocation, the switch is suitable for massively scalable data centers and big data applications.

Comprehensive programmability: It enables data center managers to run today’s applications while also preparing them for demanding and changing application needs such as big data, cloud and virtualization.

Applications of Cisco Nexus 3232C Switch

This part will introduce two 100G to 100G cabling solutions for Cisco Nexus 3232C switch to you.

Direct Connection for 100G to 100G

As the following figure shows, two 100G QSFP28 transceivers are plugged into QSFP28 ports on Cisco Nexus 3232C switch set on two sides. The two 100G QSFP28 transceivers are designed with 12-fiber MTP connector interface. Therefore, they can be directly connected by 12-fiber MTP trunk cable. This is the simplest way to achieve 100G to 100G connectivity.

direct connection for 100G to 100G
Interconnection for 100G to 100G

We can also deploy fiber enclosure to get higher density and make the cabling procedure more flexible. Since 1RU rack mount fiber enclosure is able to hold up to 4 MTP fiber adapter panels or 4 HD 12 core MTP MPO fiber optic plug-n-play cassettes, here we take MTP fiber adapter panel for example. From the figure below we can see that, the two 100G QSFP28 transceivers are plugged into QSFP28 ports on Cisco Nexus 3232C switch on two sides. The the 100G QSFP28 transceiver is connected to the MTP adaptor on MTP fiber adapter panel by 12-fiber MTP trunk cable. Then the two MTP fiber adapter panels installed inside two fiber enclosures respectively are connected by 12-fiber MTP trunk cable.

interconnection for 100G to 100G

As a compact 1RU form factor switch for top-of-rack (ToR) data center deployments, Cisco Nexus 3232C switch allows a smooth transition from 40 to 100G Ethernet infrastructure in data centers. It is a high quality 100G switch. I hope after reading this article, you can have a better understanding of Cisco Nexus 3232C switch.