D-Link bare metal switches facts and features

D-Link bare metal switchesD-Link announced the latest bare metal switches for enterprises, data centers and service providers – promising lower costs.

Open Networking standards allow D-Link to bring out switches at lower costs by separating software from hardware. IT professionals will have a choice of innovative third party operating systems and software options.

D-Link said the latest bare metal switches are ideal in a data center or enterprise network for Top-of-Rack (ToR) applications, or as part of a 10GbE/40GbE leaf-spine architecture.

D-Link DXS-5000-54S supports line rate layer 2 and layer 3 switching across 48x10GbE SFP+ ports and 6x40GbE QSFP+ ports. Models are available supporting front-to-back airflow, and also back-to-front airflow.

The DXS-5000-54S certified with Pluribus Netvisor network operating system (NOS) provides layer 2 and layer 3 networking foundation, a distributed peer-to-peer networking fabric and virtualizes the switch hardware to support a range of integrated advanced networking services.

“IT directors are looking for networking solutions that will provide the ability to cultivate rapid innovation while decreasing costs,” said Michael Hardy, president, D-Link Systems.

The company will be selling DXS-5000-54S as a bare metal switch (ONIE only), or pre-loaded with the Pluribus Netvisor OS version 2.6 configured as enterprise or fabric versions.

D-Link will ship DXS-5000-54S in September 2017 throughout D-Link’s network of channel partners, including value-added resellers, distributors and online retailers.

D-Link plans to develop additional open network switches supporting 25Gbps, 40Gbps and 100Gbps interfaces.

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