Introduction to the Q0U56B StoreFabric SN6600B
The Q0U56B HPE StoreFabric SN6600B is a 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ Fibre Channel switch designed for use in enterprise data centers and storage area networks (SANs). It is a 1U rack-mountable switch that supports 48 Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports, which can be configured for data transfer rates of up to 16 Gbps per port. The switch is also capable of providing high-speed, low-latency data transfer and it offers advanced traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) features to ensure that data is transmitted efficiently and securely.
The switch also provides high-availability and redundancy features to minimize downtime and ensure that the network remains operational in the event of a failure. Additionally, the switch is managed by HPE's advanced Fabric Vision technology that allows for real-time monitoring of the switch and the SAN, and it provides advanced troubleshooting and diagnostic capabilities.
The Q0U56B HPE StoreFabric SN6600B 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ Fibre Channel switch is an ideal solution for businesses and organizations that require high-speed, low-latency data transfer and advanced traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities. It can be used in a variety of applications, including data centers, storage area networks (SANs), and other high-performance computing environments.
Key Features of the 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ Configuration
The Q0U56B HPE StoreFabric SN6600B is a high-performance Fibre Channel switch that has a 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ configuration. The key features of this configuration include:
- High-Speed Data Transfer: The switch supports data transfer rates of up to 32 Gbps per port, which makes it suitable for use in high-performance data center environments.
- Full Non-Blocking Architecture: The switch has a full non-blocking architecture, which means that all of the ports can operate at full speed simultaneously without any performance degradation.
- High-Performance ASIC: The switch has a high-performance ASIC that is designed for efficient data processing, which helps to minimize latency and ensure high performance.
- 32GB Memory: The switch has 32GB of memory, which provides ample space for storing data and running applications.
- Power Pack+: Power Pack+ is a bundle that provides a set of advanced features that are not available in the standard version of the switch, such as SAN extension, SAN consolidation, and SAN virtualization.
- 48 SFP+ Ports : The switch has 48 Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports which allows to connect to other Fibre Channel devices or networks using the appropriate transceiver modules.
- Advanced Traffic Management: The switch supports advanced traffic management features such as Quality of Service (QoS), Flow Control, Port-based VLANs, and Link Aggregation to help ensure that data is transmitted efficiently and securely.
- High-Availability: The switch supports a variety of high-availability features such as Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) and Fabric Failover (FFO) to minimize downtime and ensure high availability.
- Advanced Management: The switch supports advanced management features like SNMP, CLI, Web GUI, and a centralized management software.
- Compliance and Standards: The switch is compliant with Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) standards, FC-PI-6, FC-PI-4, and FC-GS-5.
It's worth noting that the specific features and capabilities may vary depending on the firmware version and specific configuration of the switch.
Advanced Traffic Management and Quality of Service (QoS)
Advanced traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) are key features of the Q0U56B HPE StoreFabric SN6600B 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ Fibre Channel switch. These features help to ensure that data is transmitted efficiently and securely, and they include:
- Quality of Service (QoS): The switch supports QoS, which allows administrators to prioritize different types of traffic, such as voice, video, and data, to ensure that critical applications receive the necessary bandwidth.
- Flow Control: The switch supports flow control, which helps to prevent data loss and ensure that data is transmitted smoothly and reliably.
- Port-based VLANs: The switch supports port-based VLANs, which allows administrators to segment the network into smaller virtual networks, which can help to improve security and reduce network congestion.
- Link Aggregation: The switch supports Link Aggregation, which allows administrators to bundle multiple physical ports together to form a single logical link, which can increase bandwidth and provide redundancy.
- Priority-based Flow Control (PFC): The switch supports Priority-based Flow Control, which allows administrators to prioritize different types of traffic and ensure that high-priority traffic is transmitted first.
- Class of Service (CoS): The switch supports Class of Service (CoS) which allows administrators to assign different levels of priority to different types of traffic and ensure that critical applications receive the necessary bandwidth.
- Traffic Shaping: The switch supports traffic shaping, which allows administrators to control the rate at which data is transmitted, which can help to reduce network congestion and ensure that data is transmitted smoothly.
- Quality of Service (QoS) policies : The switch allows to configure policies for traffic prioritization, bandwidth allocation, and congestion management.
These advanced traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) features provide the necessary tools to administrators for improving the performance and reliability of their network and make sure that mission critical applications receive the necessary bandwidth.
High-Availability and Redundancy Features
High-availability and redundancy are important features of the Q0U56B HPE StoreFabric SN6600B 32GB 48/48 Power Pack+ Fibre Channel switch. These features help to minimize downtime and ensure that the network remains operational in the event of a failure. Some of the key high-availability and redundancy features of the switch include:
- Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF): The switch supports FSPF, which is a routing protocol that helps to ensure that data is transmitted over the shortest path, which can help to improve performance and reduce network congestion.
- Fabric Failover (FFO): The switch supports FFO, which is a feature that allows the switch to automatically failover to a redundant switch in the event of a failure, which can help to minimize downtime.
- Non-Stop Forwarding (NSF): The switch supports NSF, which is a feature that allows the switch to continue forwarding data even if a failure occurs, which can help to minimize downtime.
- Non-Stop Routing (NSR): The switch supports NSR, which is a feature that allows the switch to continue routing data even if a failure occurs, which can help to minimize downtime.
- Redundant Power Supplies: The switch has redundant power supplies, which helps to ensure that the switch remains operational even if one of the power supplies fails.
- Dual Active Control Paths: The switch supports dual active control paths, which allows the switch to continue operation even if one of the control paths fails.
- Hot-Swappable Components : The switch has hot-swappable components like fans, power supplies and modules which allows to replace them without interrupting the operation.
- Automatic Switchover : The switch has automatic switchover capabilities which allows to automatically failover to a redundant switch in the event of a failure.
These high-availability and redundancy features provide the necessary tools to administrators for ensuring that their network remains operational in the event of a failure, and that data is transmitted smoothly and reliably.
General Information about the HPE Q0U56B
- Manufacturer: HPE
- Part Number or SKU# Q0U56B
- Device Type : Switch - 48 ports - managed - with 48x 32 Gbps SWL SFP+ transceiver
- Enclosure Type : Rack-mountable 1U
- Sub Type : Fibre Channel
- Ports : 48 x SFP+ + 4 x QSFP+
- Aggregate bandwidth: 2 Tbps Port-to-port latency: 700 ns
- Capacity : Maximum frame size: 2112
Management and Protocol
- Remote Management Protocol : SNMP 1, SNMP 3, HTTP, HTTPS, SMI-S, SSH, SSH-2, CLI
- Encryption Algorithm : SSL
- Authentication Method : RADIUS, TACACS+, LDAP, DH-CHAP, FCAP
Expansion / Connectivity
- Interfaces : 48 x 32Gb Fibre Channel SFP+ 4 x 32Gb Fibre Channel QSFP+ 1 x 100Base-TX RJ-45 management 1 x console RJ-45 management 1 x USB Type A
- Power Device : Internal power supply - hot-plug
- Installed Qty : 2 (installed) / 2 (max)
- Power Redundancy : Yes
- Power Redundancy Scheme : 1+1
- Voltage Required : AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
- Cables Included : 1 x serial cable
- Rack Mounting Kit : Included
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).
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.
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 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 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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