HPE AM866A 8 Ports Switch
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HPE AM866A Storageworks 8/8 Base Switch E-ports San Refurbished

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AM866A StorageWorks 8/8 Base E-ports Storage Area Network (SAN) Switch Stackable 8 Gigabit (GB) Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) Fibre Channel | Made by HPE | Refurbished
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Product Overview of the HPE AM866A Switch

In the realm of data storage and management, the HPE AM866A StorageWorks 8/8 Base E-ports Storage Area Network (SAN) Switch plays a crucial role. This device is designed to facilitate efficient and reliable communication within a storage area network, offering essential features that cater to the evolving needs of data-centric environments. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the key aspects of the HPE AM866A SAN Switch, exploring its specifications, functionalities, and the broader context of its application. The HPE AM866A is a part of the StorageWorks family, designed to provide a robust foundation for storage switch networks. Its 8/8 configuration indicates its capacity to handle eight Fibre Channel ports with a speed of 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps). The term "Base E-ports" signifies the fundamental ports that establish the switch's connectivity within the SAN architecture.

Key Features and SpecificationsStackable Design

The stackable nature of the HPE AM866A brings scalability to the storage network. Stackable switches enable organizations to expand their network infrastructure seamlessly by adding more switches to accommodate growing storage requirements.

8 Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+)

The switch incorporates the SFP+ technology, allowing for a data transfer rate of 8 Gbps. This high-speed connectivity is crucial in SANs, where quick and reliable data access is paramount for various applications, including database management and virtualization.

Storage Area Network (SAN) Functionality

As a dedicated SAN switch, the HPE AM866A provides the essential infrastructure for connecting storage devices, such as disk arrays and tape libraries, to servers within the network. This specialization enhances the overall efficiency and performance of data storage and retrieval processes.

E-ports for Enhanced Connectivity

The inclusion of E-ports (Expansion Ports) ensures the switch's ability to connect to other switches or devices, extending the network's reach and flexibility. This feature is particularly valuable in large-scale SAN environments where multiple switches need to be interconnected.

Application Scenarios

Understanding how the HPE AM866A fits into real-world scenarios is vital for organizations looking to optimize their storage infrastructure. Here are some common application scenarios where this SAN switch proves beneficial:

Data Center Deployments

In data center environments, where vast amounts of data are processed and stored, the HPE AM866A serves as a critical component of the SAN architecture. Its high-speed connectivity and stackable design make it suitable for handling the substantial data traffic characteristic of data centers.

Enterprise Storage Networks

Enterprises with complex storage need to leverage SANs to ensure efficient data management. The HPE AM866A, with its 8/8 configuration and E-ports, caters to the demands of enterprise storage networks, providing a reliable and scalable solution.

Virtualized Environments

Virtualization relies heavily on seamless data access and storage connectivity. The HPE AM866A's 8 GBps speed is well-suited for virtualized environments, where quick data retrieval is crucial for the performance of virtual machines and applications.

Benefits of HPE AM866A StorageWorks 8/8 Base E-ports SAN SwitchEnhanced Performance

The 8 Gbps Fibre Channel speed ensures that data is transferred swiftly within the SAN, optimizing overall system performance and reducing latency.


The stackable design allows organizations to scale their storage infrastructure easily, adapting to changing storage requirements without major disruptions.


As a dedicated SAN switch, the HPE AM866A is engineered for reliability, minimizing downtime and ensuring continuous access to critical data.

High-speed Data Transfer

One of the key features of the AM866A HPE StorageWorks 8/8 Base E-ports San Stackable Switch is its ability to transfer data at high speeds. With 8 base ports and 8 E-ports, the switch is capable of supporting 8 Gbps Fibre Channel connections, providing a fast and reliable data transfer experience. This is especially important for businesses that rely on large amounts of data transfer and need to ensure that their storage infrastructure can keep up with their data requirements. The high-speed data transfer capability of the switch also makes it ideal for use in virtualized environments, where fast data transfer is critical for maintaining performance and availability.

General Information About this HPE AM866A
  • Manufacturer: HPE
  • Model Number or SKU# AM866A
  • Product Type: Switch 8 Ports
  • Product Name: Switch Networking
  • When it comes to connectivity, the Kioxia SSD offers a notable feature in the form of Fibre Channel Ports. In this context, "Number of Fibre Channel Ports: 8" indicates that the drive has eight of these ports, allowing for versatile and robust connections.
Media & Performance

Understanding the performance metrics is crucial, and the Kioxia SSD doesn't disappoint.

  • Data Transfer Rate: 8.50 GbpsThis specification signifies the speed at which data can be transferred. In this case, the drive boasts a substantial data transfer rate of 8.50 gigabits per second (Gbps), ensuring swift and efficient data movement.
  • Media Type Supported: Twisted PairThe media type supported by the drive is twisted pair. This refers to the physical cable infrastructure, and in this case, it's a common and widely used type known for its reliability.
I/O Expansions

The drive's Input/Output (I/O) expansion capabilities are facilitated through Expansion Slot Type.

  • Expansion Slot Type: SFPSFP, or Small Form-Factor Pluggable, represents the type of expansion slot employed by the Kioxia SSD. This compact and versatile slot enhances the drive's adaptability and scalability.
Management & Protocols

Efficient management and adherence to protocols are essential for seamless operation.

  • Manageable: The drive is manageable, indicating that it supports management functions. This feature contributes to easier integration into systems and networks, enhancing overall control and usability.
Simplifying Technical Jargon

Now, let's break down some technical jargon for better clarity:

  • Fibre Channel Ports: These are connectors that enable high-speed data transfer in storage area networks (SANs). More ports mean more connections, enhancing the drive's versatility.
  • Data Transfer Rate (8.50 Gbps): Think of this as the speed limit for data on the drive. A higher rate means data moves faster between the storage and other components.
  • Twisted Pair: This refers to the type of cable used for connections. Twisted pair cables are reliable and widely used in various networking scenarios.
  • Expansion Slot Type (SFP): Picture this as a slot for adding extra capabilities. SFP, in this context, is a small, interchangeable device that enhances the drive's connectivity options.
  • Manageable (Yes): This indicates that the drive can be effectively controlled and monitored. It's like having a remote control for your storage device.

In summary, the HPE AM866A StorageWorks 8/8 Base E-ports SAN Switch is a versatile and powerful component in the realm of storage area networks. Its combination of high-speed connectivity, stackable design, and SAN specialization make it a valuable asset for organizations seeking efficient and scalable solutions for their data storage needs. Whether deployed in data centers, enterprise storage networks, or virtualized environments, the HPE AM866A stands as a reliable foundation for modern storage infrastructure.

Product Condition:
Warranty provided by ALLHDD.COM:
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