If you follow me on Twitter at all, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Qlogic. I appreciate the functional simplicity of what Qlogic designs encompass as well as the “get business done” attitude that they bring to their switches, HBAs, NICs, and CNAs. Imagine my happiness, then, when I got ahold of one of their latest “edge” fibre channel switches, the SANbox 5802V. The SANbox 5802V follows the typical edge-switch formula: 20 SFP ports for either 4Gb/s SFPs or 8Gb/s SFP+, 4 stacking ports that default at 10Gb/s Fibre Channel connection and can be upgraded to 20Gb/s FC when additional bandwidth is needed, a serial and IP-based management port setup, and dual redundant power supplies (the 5802V ships with 2 PSUs; the 5800V model ships with only 1).
As I listed above, the quick specs on the 5802V switch are:
- 20 ports of SFP/SFP+ FC connectivity for 2, 4, and 8Gb/s FC connectivity (8 standard; licensed in 4 port increments)
- 4 ports of Xpak ISL/Stacking ports that run at 10Gb/s (std) or 20Gb/s (optional)
- Stacking of up to 8 x 5802 switches for an aggregate port count of 160 ports
- Serial, IP, and in-band FC management capabilities
- Dual redundant hot-swap PSUs (5802V only) or single, chassis cold-swap PSU (5800)
- 544 Gbps chassis bandwidth (no port is oversubscribed; stark contrast to Cisco MDS series)
- 1 Rack unit in height
Front Panel Overview
The SANbox 5802V is a relatively understated piece of hardware. One of the first things you see are the rather sizable stacking ports on the right hand side of the switch.
Finally, we’ve got the front end data ports which feature port status and link activity lights as well. These can be helpful for determining whether or not links are active (in case you didn’t already know via SNMP traps or array/host reporting) as well as link activity (helpful for determining path management activity).
Back Panel Overview
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