HP StorageWorks 8/80 SAN Switch

HP Updated: 2008-09-20 RSS
HP StorageWorks 8/80 SAN Switch

The HP StorageWorks 8/80 SAN Switch is ideal for medium- to large-sized organizations that need a scalable and high-availability solution to meet rapidly evolving storage requirements. Whether an organization’s requirements call for a standalone high port count core switch, or a large building block for a tiered enterprise fabric, the 8/80 SAN Switch provides the performance, scalability, and availability requirements to meet the needs of consolidated virtual data center.

The 8/80 SAN Switch features a non-blocking architecture with as many as 80 ports concurrently active at 8 Gbit/sec full duplex providing an aggregate bandwidth of 1280 Gbit/sec. Inter-Switch Link trunking can supply up to 64 Gbit/sec of balanced data throughput to reduce congestion and increase bandwidth.

The density of the 8/80 SAN Switch uniquely enables fan-out from the core of the data center fabric with less than half the number of switch devices to manage compared to traditional 32 or 40 port edge switches. When deployed as a core SAN fabric switch, the fully enabled 80 port SAN Switch provides a single-switch core footprint that is ideal for SAN fan-out using lower-density B-series switches.

For mission critical environments, The 8/80 SAN Switch provides enterprise-class availability features such as hot-swappable, redundant, and integrated fan and power supply assemblies. Hot code load and activation help maximize application uptime with faster system upgrades and maintenance.

Optional Integrated Routing provides native FC Routing on a per-port basis which enables selective device sharing while maintaining remote fabric isolation for higher levels of scalability and fault isolation.

The Power Pack+ software provides the SAN administrator with the necessary tools to monitor the health and performance of the network through a single pane of glass. Enhanced capabilities ensure ample bandwidth for mission-critical applications.

What's new

* 8 Gb Technology
* Full 1:1 subscription on all ports at 8 Gbit/sec
* Enhanced Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking
* Optional software for Integrated Routing, per-port routing option
* Adaptive Networking with Quality of Service, Traffic Isolation, and Ingress Rate Limiting

Features and Benefits

* Non-blocking architecture: Includes simultaneous wire-speed support for all ports to provide a high-performance system with aggregate bandwidth of up to 1280 Gbit/sec full duplex.
* Auto-sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gbit/sec switch and router ports: Enables rapid deployment with minimal configuration in existing environments; provides the highest performance available, with complete backward and forward investment protection.
* Ports on Demand capability: Enables "pay-as-you-grow" non disruptive scalability from 48 to 80 ports for easy, scalable growth in highly dynamic business environments.
* Full 1:1 subscription on all ports at 8 Gbit/sec: Simplifies SAN management, negating the need to map application performance requirements to port speeds.
* Optional software for Integrated Routing, per-port routing option: Improves scalability and fault isolation on a per-port basis; delivers architecture flexibility, negating the need to deploy a dedicated routing platform or consume director slots.
* Enhanced Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking: 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.
* Dynamic Path Selection (DPS): Optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to all available paths in the fabric.
* Management: Single code stream supports the entire B-series portfolio, providing full forward and backward compatibility among B-series SAN switches and simplifying maintenance and software upgrades.
* Adaptive Networking: Advanced fabric services to optimize SAN performance and resource utilization.
* Sixth-generation technology: Delivers low latency, power efficiency, and high reliability while providing a highly scalable and flexible platform for advanced fabric services.