In this article, we are going to take a look inside a bare metal switch, the Edgecore AS7712-32X. This is a bare-metal switch with ONIE and broad network OS support so you can use it with most major NOS distributions. It features 32x 100GbE ports that can break out to 25GbE ports in a rack making the switch extremely flexible. In our overview, we are going to look at the switch and see how it was built.
Edgecore may not be an overly well-known brand if you have always used Cisco hardware. The company is a subsidiary of Accton which is one of the big networking ODMs. When you read reports about hyper-scale companies like AWS and Facebook leaving their Cisco gear and instead of going to merchant silicon, that is the market that Accton has excelled in.
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