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HP StoreFabric SN6500B Fibre Channel Switch
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HP StoreFabric SN6500B

HP Storage Products SN6500B
HP StoreFabric Storage Switches
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Fibre Channel Switch

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Overview:

Are you struggling to keep pace with ever-increasing workloads on a never-increasing budget? Virtualization delivers the benefits of faster deployment and consolidation, yet it demands greater performance and scalability from data center networks. The HP StoreFabric SN6500B Fibre Channel Switch meets the needs of hyper-scale, private cloud storage environments by delivering market-leading 16 Gb FC technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments.

The HP StoreFabric SN6500B Fibre Channel Switch meets the demands of hyper-scale, private cloud storage environments by delivering market-leading 16 Gb Fibre Channel technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments. Designed to enable maximum flexibility and investment protection, the SN6500B Switch is configurable in 48, 72 or 96 ports and supports 4, 8 or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 2U package. It also provides a simplified deployment process and a point-and-click user interface-making it both powerful and easy to use. The SN6500B Switch is ideal for medium- to large-sized organizations that need a scalable, high-availability solution that will facilitate consolidation and the flexibility to meet rapidly evolving storage requirements.

The SN6500B switch offers low-cost access to SAN technology while providing "pay-as-you-grow" scalability to meet the needs of an evolving storage environment.

The SN6500B is available in four models:

  • HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
  • HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Fibre Channel Switch
  • HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
  • HP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Fibre Channel Switch

Power Pack+ includes additional software: Adaptive Networking, Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, Extended Fabric, Performance Monitor, and Server Application Optimization. Power Pack+ software provides the SAN administrator with the necessary tools to monitor the health and performance of the network, while also ensuring the highest levels of security, scalability and manageability.

HP StoreFabric Series

HP StoreFabric provides the best end-to-end SAN options to address your storage infrastructure needs, including entry level, midmarket, high-end and director class switches and a variety of optics and cables.

HP StoreFabric is:

  • Integrated—end-to-end into the HP storage, server and networking ecosystem
    Everything is HP tested, certified and serviced to provide a superior SAN experience
  • Optimized—for virtual server environments and cloud deployments
    Designed to reduce costs while increasing packet performance and efficiency.
  • Comprehensive—portfolio has industry-standard bridges to legacy investments
    Choose from directors, switches, multi-protocol routers, data migration appliances, HBAs, CNAs, Optics, Cables and SAN software
  • Converged—move to new designs while protecting previous investments
    Deploy additional technologies; converge unlike protocols (Fibre Channel, 1GbE/10GbE, FCIP, iSCSI, FCoE)

Features and Benefits:

Flexible Fabrics Support Highly Virtualized Environments for Cloud-Optimized Storage Area Networks

  • The HP StoreFabric SN6500B Fibre Channel Switch delivers high-speed 16 Gb optimized inter switch links (ISLs) for twice the performance over traditional Fibre Channel switches. The net result is there are fewer links, fewer cables, fewer ports and less power for the same performance.
  • Flexible speed options support 4, 8 or 16 Gb/s in an efficiently designed 2U package, protecting your existing SAN fabric investments.
  • Is configurable in 48, 72, or 96 ports.

Designed for Ease-of-Use and Simplified Administration

  • New Diagnostic Ports (D_Ports) enable administrators to identify and isolate optics and cable problems, reducing fabric deployment and diagnostic times. Organizations also can use D_Ports to run a variety of tests for ports, SFPs, and cables for faults, latency, and distance.
  • Simplified deployment process and point-and-click user interface streamline management.
  • Optional SAN Network Advisor provides comprehensive management of data center SAN fabrics, including configuration, monitoring, diagnostics, best-practices validation, and management of B-series Directors, Switches, and Host Bus Adapters (HBAs).

Improved Bandwidth and Greater Efficiency for Cloud-Optimized Performance

  • Provides unmatched bandwidth with 96 non-blocking 16 Gb/s ports in an efficient 2U form factor. Any eight ports can be trunked for 128 Gb Inter-Switch Links (ISLs).
  • Exchange-based Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to the most efficient available path.
  • Provides frame-based trunking at rates up to 128 Gb/s for greater efficiency than Ethernet LAG.
  • Reduces power consumption at 0.33 watts/Gbps.
  • Delivers low-cost access to industry-leading storage area networks (SAN).

Enhanced Scalability Allows for Expansion within Growing Organizations

  • Enables unmatched, pay-as-you-grow scalability for evolving storage environments.

Specification:

  HP StoreFabric SN6500B
Specifications
Fibre Channel ports Switch mode (default): 48-, 72-, and 96-port configurations (24-port increments through Ports on Demand [PoD] licenses); universal (E, F, M, D, EX) ports
Number of ports
  • (48 - 96) Fibre Channel
  • (48 - 96) Active
Performance Auto-sensing of 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds
ISL Trunking Frame-based trunking with up to eight 16 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 128 Gbps per ISL trunk. Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Fabric OS. There is no limit to how many trunk groups can be configured in the switch.
Aggregate switch bandwidth 3072 Gb/s; Maximum
Fabric latency Latency for locally switched ports is 700 ns; encryption/compression is 5.5 sec per node; Forward Error Correction (FEC) adds 400 ns between E_Ports (enabled by default)
Maximum frame size 2112-byte payload
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Port types
  • D_Port (Diagnostic Port), E_Port, EX_Port, F_Port, M_Port (Mirror Port);
  • Selfdiscovery based on switch type (U_Port);
  • Optional port type control Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast
Media types Hot-pluggable, B-Series Branded Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP), LC connector; Short-Wave Laser (SWL), Long-Wave Laser (LWL); distance depends on fiber-optic cable and port speed. Supports SFP+ (16/10/8 Gbit/sec) optical transceivers
USB One USB port for system log file downloads or firmware upgrades
Fabric services
  • Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) (including Top Talkers for E_Ports, F_Ports, and Fabric mode);
  • Adaptive Networking (Ingress Rate Limiting, Traffic Isolation, QoS);
  • Bottleneck Detection;
  • Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning);
  • Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP);
  • Dynamic Path Selection (DPS);
  • Extended Fabrics;
  • Enhanced BB credit recovery;
  • Brocade Fabric Watch;
  • FDMI;
  • Frame Redirection;
  • Frame-based Trunking; FSPF;
  • Integrated Routing;
  • IPoFC;
  • ISL Trunking;
  • Management Server;
  • NPIV;
  • NTP v3;
  • Port Fencing;
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN);
  • Reliable Commit Service (RCS);
  • Server Application Optimization (SAO);
  • Simple Name Server (SNS);
  • Virtual Fabrics (Logical Switch, Logical Fabric)
Extension Fibre Channel, in-flight compression (Brocade LZO) and encryption (AES-GCM- 256); integrated 10 Gbps Fibre Channel for DWDM MAN connectivity
Options SFP media, USB Device
Encryption capability In flight encryption
Protocol supported Fibre Channel
Availability features Hot code load; Ports on demand with no downtime
Management
Management features
  • B-series SAN Network Advisor
  • Integration with Storage Essentials
Management software supported
  • HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH;
  • Auditing, Syslog;
  • Brocade Advanced Web Tools, APM, Fabric Watch;
  • SAN Network Advisor Enterprise or SAN Network Advisor Professional/Professional Plus;
  • Command Line Interface (CLI);
  • SMI-S compliant;
  • Administrative Domains;
  • Trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Management access 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel, serial port (RJ-45), and one USB port
Diagnostics D_Port offline diagnostics, including electrical/ optical loopback, link traffic/latency/distance; POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including environmental monitoring, FCping and Pathinfo (FC traceroute), frame viewer, non-disruptive daemon restart port mirroring (SPAN port), optics health monitoring, power monitoring, RAStrace logging, and Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)
Software (optional)
  • Power Pack+ Software
  • 12-Port Upgrade
  • Integrated Routing
  • ISL Trunking
  • Fabric Watch
  • Advanced Performance Monitoring
  • SAN Network Advisor Professional+ or Enterprise
Dimensions and Weight
Enclosure Back-to-front airflow; power from back
Form factor 2U
Minimum Dimensions
(W x D x H)
16.90 x 24.01 x 3.42 in
Weight 37.3 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 (9,842 feet)
Storage: Up to 12 kilometers (39,370 feet)
Shock Operating: 20 g, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: Half sine, 33G 11ms. 3/eg Axis
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
Power Supply Dual, hot-swappable redundant power supplies
AC input 85 V to 264 V ~5 A to 2.5 A
Input line frequency 47 Hz to 63 Hz
Power Consumption
  • 450 W with all 96 ports populated with 16 Gbps SWL optics
  • 350 W for empty chassis with no optics
What's Included
Differentiator 16Gb, 96-port FC Switch with 48-96 active ports (Fabric OS, Web Tools, Advanced Zoning) and Power Pack+ software of ISL Trunking, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitoring and Fabric Watch.
Warranty - year(s) (parts/labor/onsite) 1/1/1
What's in the box 16Gb 96-port FC Switch with 48-96 active ports, rackmount kit, accessory kit (enterprise safety and regulatory information, installation guide, rack-mounting instructions), power cords, serial cable, base software of Advanced Fabric OS, Advanced Web Tools, Brocade EZ Switch, Advanced Zoning and SAN Network Advisor Professional and Power Pack+ software of ISL Trunking, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitoring and Fabric Watch.

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 SN6500B QuickSpecs (PDF).

HP Storage Products SN6500B
HP StoreFabric Storage Switches
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/48-port Active Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Power Pack+ Fibre Channel Switch
USA: FREE Ground ShippingHP StoreFabric SN6500B 16Gb 96-port/96-port Active Fibre Channel Switch