[AusNOG] 10GbE Switching Options

David Hughes david at hughes.com.au
Fri Jul 1 10:22:40 EST 2016

If SFP cost is an issue, are the distances involved too great for 10GBASE-T.



On 1 Jul 2016, at 10:12 AM, Alex Huntington <Alex.Huntington at iriworldwide.com.au<mailto:Alex.Huntington at iriworldwide.com.au>> wrote:

Hi Guys!

Thought I’d throw out a few questions and a request for some feedback around some datacenter switching we are looking at. Currently each server has 6 10GbE NICs of which two are dedicated iSCSI that will run through this fabric.

The current requirement is to replace our 1000BaseT switching with 10GbE but the cost of SFP+ modules is an issue and currently twinax has been rules out due do cable management issues (don’t ask :/).
It would be nice to also standardise for our core also so routing is a “nice to have” but not a requirement.

If we could get some decent or support 3rd party SFP+ modules for a good price it would make the Cisco/Brocade options much more attractive but never used the Startech or Netgear SFPs before & I’d like to avoid the vendor finger pointing games.

We are looking at the following

Dell S4048-ON
-          Cheap $60 SFP+
-          Cheapest switch cost by 20-30%
-          All in one (no port or IP/routing licences required)
-          Different CLI in FTOS, another thing to learn/manage

Brocade VDX 6490
-          ISCLI
-          Vendor reputation
-          SFP+ price $300+
-          Cost of additional port licences  e.g. 24-48 port on demand

Cisco Nexus 3000/9000
-          Community support & KB/documentation
-          Vendor reputation
-          Standardise vendor with all other network gear
-          SFP+ $1500+
-          IP Lite licence costs

I’d love to hear your thoughts or experience, as I’m sure I’ve missed a few things!


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