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HP StoreFabric 8/24 SAN Switch
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HP StoreFabric 8/24 SAN Switch

HP Storage Products StoreFabric 8-24
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Overview:

The HP 8/24 SAN Switch delivers affordable and flexible 8 Gb/s connectivity and can be incorporated into an extensive core fabric or placed as an edge switch for SAN environments. The 8/24 SAN Switch is ideal for entry and SMB customers requiring a simple, yet flexible networked storage connectivity solution that will meet evolving requirements. The 8/24 SAN Switch provides the needed connectivity and flexibility at a price point that is affordable, while delivering industry-leading performance for long-term investment protection. It is a solution that is easy to deploy and requires little management time, reducing operational costs.

The 8/24 Base SAN Switch delivers sixteen high performance auto Sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel ports. With powerful yet flexible capabilities-such as Ports On Demand scalability to 24 ports in an 8-port increment-the 8/24 SAN Switch enables organizations to start small and grow their storage networks in a non-disruptive manner. A fully populated 8/24 SAN Switch with 24 enabled ports provides 384 Gb switching (8 Gb full duplex) capacity for un-congested sustained, 8 Gb full duplex throughput. In addition, organizations can choose to initially deploy 4 Gbit/sec SFPs and upgrade to 8 Gbit/sec SFP+ at a later date when necessary.

The 8/24 SAN Switch with 24 enabled ports may be deployed as a full-fabric switch or in Access Gateway mode, which provides connectivity into any SAN (the default mode setting is a switch). Access Gateway mode utilizes N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) switch standards to present Fibre Channel connections as logical devices to SAN fabrics. Attaching through NPIV-enabled switches and directors, the 8/24 SAN Switch with 24 enabled ports in Access Gateway mode can connect to Brocade, McDATA, Cisco, or other SAN fabrics. Key benefits of Access Gateway mode include:

  • Improved scalability for large or rapidly growing server and virtual server environments
  • Simplified management through the reduction of domains and management tasks
  • Fabric interoperability for mixed-vendor SAN configurations that require full functionality

An optional enhanced Power Pack+ software bundle can be purchased separately and includes Adaptive Networking, Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitor, and Server Application Optimization. The software bundle provides the SAN administrator with the necessary tools to proactively monitor the health and performance thresholds of the network, while also ensuring the highest levels of security, scalability and manageability. Enhanced capabilities are based on the new Adaptive Networking software, a suite of tools for optimizing fabric behavior and ensuring ample bandwidth for mission-critical applications. Power Pack+ software enables infrastructure management through a single-pane-of-glass.

Features and Benefits:

High Performance

  • Includes simultaneous wire-speed support for all ports to provide a high-performance system with aggregate bandwidth of up to 384 Gbit/sec full duplex.
  • Provides the highest performance available, with complete backward and forward investment protection.
  • Simplifies SAN management, negating the need to map application performance requirements to port speeds.

High Scalability

  • Comes with 16 enabled ports and supports “pay-as-you-grow” scalability to 24 enabled ports.
  • Provides seamless server connectivity to multi-vendor fabric environments, and allows a great number of servers to connect to a SAN fabric without increasing switch domain count.
  • Allows up to eight ports (at 2, 4, or 8 Gbit/sec speeds) between a pair of switches to be combined to form a single logical ISL with a speed of up to 64 Gbit/sec (128 Gbit/sec full duplex) for optimal bandwidth utilization and load balancing

Improved TCO

  • Optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to all available paths in the fabric.
  • Remove/avoid performance bottlenecks in high-density virtualized server environments.
  • Advanced fabric services to optimize SAN performance and resource utilization.

Investment Protection

  • Delivers low latency, power efficiency, and high reliability while providing a highly scalable and flexible platform for advanced fabric services.

Specification:

  HP StoreFabric 8/24 SAN Switch
Specifications
Fibre Channel ports 16 active with optional license to activate 24 universal ports
Number of ports
  • (16) Fibre Channel
  • (16) Active, (24) Maximum
Performance 8 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex
Aggregate switch bandwidth 384 Gb/s; Maximum
Switch core Non-blocking
Fabric latency 700 nanoseconds with no contention, cut-through routing at 8 Gbit/sec
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Port types
  • FL_Port, F_Port, and E_Port;
  • Self-discovery based on switch type (U_Port)
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast, multicast (255 groups), and broadcast
Media types B-Series Branded Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP)
USB One USB port for system log file downloads or firmware upgrades
Fabric services Simple Name Server, Registered State Change Notification (RSCN), Alias Server (multicast); and Zoning, Web Tools, Enhanced group Management, Optional Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, Adaptive Networking, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitor, and Server Application Optimization.
Options SFP media, USB Device
Supported software Telnet, RADIUS,SNMP, Web Tools, Enhanced Group Management, Advanced Zoning, Fabric Watch, Extended Fabric, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitoring, ISL Trunking, Fabric Manager, SAN Network Advisor, Server Application Optimization
Availability features Hot code load; Ports on demand with no downtime
Management
Management features
  • B-series SAN Network Advisor
  • Integration with Storage Essentials
Management access 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45), serial port
Diagnostics POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics
Software (required) Advanced Fabric OS, Advanced Zoning, Web Tools
Software (optional) Power Pack+ Software, Port Upgrade, SAN Network Advisor Professional+ and Enterprise
Dimensions and Weight
Enclosure Back-to-front airflow; power inlet on port side
Form factor 1U
Minimum Dimensions
(W x D x H)
7.5 x 16 x22 in
Weight 15.2 lbs
Environment
Temperature Operating: 0° to 40° C (32° to 104° F)
Non-operating: -25° to 70° C (-13° to 158° F)
Humidity Operating: 10 to 85 percent non-condensing
Non-Operating: 10 to 90 percent non-condensing
Altitude Operating: Up to 3000 meters (9,800 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 to 500 Hz
Power
AC input 100 to 240 VAC nominal
Supported power range Nominal: 48 Watts
Maximum: 57 Watts
Frequency 47 Hz to 63 Hz
What's Included
Differentiator 8/24 SAN Switch with 16 active ports, bundled and shipped with 16 units of 8Gb transceivers, base software of Full Fabric, Advanced Fabric OS, Advanced Web Tools, Advanced Zoning RoHS2 Compliant
Warranty - year(s) (parts/labor/onsite) 1/1/1
What's in the box The 8/24 Bundled SAN Switch includes 16 enabled ports with 16 units of 8Gb transceivers, Advanced Fabric OS, Full Fabric, Advanced Zoning, Webtools, SAN Network Advisor Professional and an accessory kit that includes hardcopy documentation (SAN Switch Installation Guide, Read-me-First doc, EULA, Safety and Regulatory Guides), rackmount kit, serial cable, standard and PDU power cords.

HP Technology Services:

Tap into the HP support services advantage, to make the most of your investments. Depending on your individual support requirements, choose from three levels of support that cover your storage lifecycle.

Optimized Care: delivers best performance and stability through deployment and proactive management practices

  • HP Critical Advantage Level 3 Service - Choose this service when you need an end-to-end infrastructure support solution that encompasses server, operating system, hypervisor, storage, and network. It's the level of support well suited for business-critical applications running on virtualized and x86 infrastructures. (Includes 60 Critical Advantage flexible credits.)

    Or:

  • 3-Year HP Critical Service - Designed for environments where downtime cannot be tolerated, HP monitors your environment around-the-clock, 365 days a year. We implement improvement projects to mitigate risks and reduce incidents. If outages do occur, they are addressed immediately with access to our dedicated critical support escalation resources.

Standard Care: Maintains high level of uptime, along with expert help to cut the cost and complexity of implementation and support

  • HP Critical Advantage Level 2 Service - Opt for end-to-end infrastructure support including server, operating system, hypervisor, storage, and network in an environment running business critical applications on virtualized and x86 infrastructures. (Includes 30 Critical Advantage flexible credits.)

    Or:

  • 3-Year HP Proactive 24 Service - This is the right choice for environments where some downtime is acceptable. HP helps manage your IT environment for improved performance, stability, and availability. Your incidents are addressed 24x7, with a maximum 4-hour onsite response 365 days a year.

    Plus:

  • HP Proactive Select - Choose from an extensive menu of consultancy and technical services, such as onsite firmware upgrades, health checks, assessments, and education. (Includes 30 Proactive Select flexible credits.)

Basic Care: Delivers the minimum recommended support

  • 3-Year HP Proactive 24 Service - This is the right choice for environments where some downtime is acceptable. HP helps manage your IT environment for improved performance, stability, and availability. Your incidents are addressed 24x7, with a maximum 4-hour onsite response 365 days a year.

If none of our support recommendations meet your needs, we can tailor a service solution for your unique support requirements. HP brings together deep expertise, proactive and business critical support, and a strong partner network—plus, a full set of infrastructure services designed to power a converged infrastructure.

Documentation:

Download the HP StoreFabric 8/24 SAN Switch QuickSpecs (PDF).

HP Storage Products StoreFabric 8-24
HP StoreFabric Storage Switches
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric 8/24 Bundled FC Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP 8/24 Base 16 Full Fabric Ports Enabled SAN Switch