Next generation rack mount switches will be required to support a higher bandwidth densities through the faceplate as switch ASICs grow in lane count. Management interfaces in switches currently take up that valuable faceplate space. In addition, the server market is looking for an ever increasing ability to scale out infrastructure and configure to specific workloads. This scalable management interface for switches is external to the switch chassis, integrated into the rack, and physically secure.
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Norton, John and Koenen, David, "Secure Modular Scalable Management for Rack Mount Switches", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 27, 2018)