HPE 481546-001 16-Ports Switch
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HPE 481546-001 SAN 16-Ports 8GBPS Fibre Channel Director Refurbished

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481546-001 Storage Area Network (SAN) 16-Ports 8 Gigabytes Per Second (GBPS) Fibre Channel Director Switch Module | Made by HPE | Refurbished
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Fibre Channel Director Switch Technology

Fibre Channel Director Switch Technology is a high-speed data transfer protocol used in storage area networks (SANs) to connect servers to storage devices. The Fibre Channel Director Switch acts as a switch that provides a high-performance and scalable data transfer solution for storage networks. The technology is based on a topology that is similar to a traditional Ethernet switch, but with a few key differences.

Fibre Channel Director Switches use fiber optic cables to transmit data between servers and storage devices, providing a fast and reliable data transfer solution. The switches are designed to handle large amounts of data traffic, ensuring high performance and scalability in storage networks. They are capable of transferring data at speeds of up to 8 Gbps and higher, making them ideal for high-speed data transfer applications.

The Fibre Channel Director Switch technology is based on a fabric topology, which means that the switch acts as a central point of communication between servers and storage devices. This allows for a more efficient data transfer process, as all data transfers are managed by the switch, reducing the load on servers and storage devices.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a method of evaluating the potential benefits and costs of a project or investment to determine its overall value. In the case of HPE 481546-001 SAN 16-Ports 8GBPS Fibre Channel Director Switch Module, the CBA can help organizations determine whether the investment is worth the cost, based on the potential benefits and costs involved.


  • Increased Data Transfer Speeds: The HPE 481546-001 has the capability of transferring data at speeds of up to 8 Gbps, making it ideal for high-speed data transfer applications.
  • Improved Storage Network Performance: The Fibre Channel Director Switch technology used in HPE 481546-001 allows for a more efficient data transfer process, improving the overall performance of storage networks.
  • Scalability: The HPE 481546-001 is designed to handle large amounts of data traffic, making it an ideal solution for organizations that need to scale their storage network.
  • Reduced Downtime: The HPE 481546-001 is designed to be highly reliable, reducing the risk of downtime and improving overall network uptime.


  • Initial Investment: The cost of purchasing the HPE 481546-001 can be significant, and organizations may need to invest in additional hardware or software to make the switch compatible with their existing storage network.
  • Maintenance and Support: Organizations will need to budget for regular maintenance and support for the HPE 481546-001, as well as upgrades and replacements as necessary.
  • Training: Organizations may need to invest in training for their IT staff to ensure they are able to manage and configure the HPE 481546-001 effectively.

Based on the potential benefits and costs, organizations can use the CBA to determine whether the investment in HPE 481546-001 SAN 16-Ports 8GBPS Fibre Channel Director Switch Module is worth the cost. This will help organizations make informed decisions about their storage network investments and ensure that they are getting the most value for their money.

Design and Architecture

The "Design and Architecture" subheading refers to the physical and logical design of the HPE 481546-001 SAN 16-Ports 8GBPS Fibre Channel Director Switch Module.

In terms of physical design, this switch is a module designed for the HPE Fibre Channel Director Switch family. It is a compact and modular unit that can be installed in a switch chassis to provide additional Fibre Channel ports. The module features 16 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, which can be used to connect to storage devices, servers, and other network components.

In terms of logical design, the HPE 481546-001 SAN switch operates as a layer 2 device, providing switching and routing services for Fibre Channel traffic. The switch implements a fabric architecture, which enables it to support multiple paths between devices and provide load balancing and failover capabilities. Additionally, the switch supports zoning, which allows administrators to create logical segments within the Fibre Channel network and control access to specific storage resources.

General Information about this HPE 481546-001

  • Manufacturer: HPE
  • Part Number or SKU# 481546-001
  • Device Type: Switch

Technical Information for HPE 16 Ports Switch

  • Device Type: Switch 16 Ports
  • Enclosure Type: Plug-in Module
  • Subtype: Fibre Channel
  • Ports: 16 X 8GB Fibre Channel

Expansion / Connectivity of HPE Plug-in Module

  • Interfaces: 16 X SFP (Mini-Gbic)
  • Installed Modules Qty (max): 0 (installed) / 16 (max)
  • Compliant Standards: Rohs2

About Refurbished Products

Refurbished products are typically refurbished by an Original Manufacturer or an affiliate of the manufacturer or 3rd party facility. This product may have minor blemishes due to normal product usage and doesn't necessarily come with documentation and software unless indicated, but has been well tested and generally has never had any defects.

Different Types of Switches

Networking switches vary widely depending on the number of devices they can support, network bandwidth/speed, and form factor. Switches for small offices will have anything between 4 and 8 ports and can fit on a desk. For larger office network implementation, switches may have 24 ports, 48 ports, 96 ports, and 128 ports and are rack-mountable between 1U and 4U. Switches come in different types depending on the network speed and tasks they support. These include 40/100 Gbps, 10 Gigabit (up to 10000 Mbps), Gigabit Ethernet (up to 1000 Mbps), Power over Ethernet, and Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps).

Unmanaged Switches

The unmanaged switches offer fixed configurations on a plug-and-play basis. It is the most basic switch and there are a few choices in the market. These switches are affordable, but the basic features make them inappropriate for enterprise applications.

Managed Switches

The number of features and level of functionality improves with managed switches, making them ideal for enterprise and business applications. These switches are built with the command-line interface for ease of configuration. Equally, they support SNMP agents that come in handy when troubleshooting network issues.

The security on managed switches is better and will protect different types of traffic. Other features include support for virtual LANs, IP routing, and quality of service settings. Managed switches are more expensive compared to all other types of switches.

Smart Switches

Smart switches refer to switches that possess more features than those unmanaged switches but do not have the full features of managed switches. Smart switches are more cost-effective than managed switches.

Some of the limitations of the smart switches are a lack of telnet access support, Web GUIs, and a lack of many features for VLANs. They are affordable compared to a fully managed switch and are suitable for a smaller computer network.

Modular Switches

Modular switches allow the addition of expansion modules as the network expands. The expansion modules allow for more networked devices but are application-specific. They may include wireless access points, firewalls, or network analysis tools. The flexibility of a modular networking switch comes at a higher cost.


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