HP 8/8 SAN Switch: Ideal for SMB Enterprises
The HP 8/8 SAN Switch is designed for small to medium-sized businesses and is perfect for entry-level SANs. It can also be used as an edge switch for core-to-edge SAN environments. This switch provides SAN connectivity that improves system performance, maximizes the value of virtual server deployments, and reduces overall storage costs.
Affordable and Scalable Solution
The 8/8 SAN Switch is an affordable single-switch solution for new, small SAN installations. It can connect to storage and servers, and with an optional Full Fabric SAN scaling license, it can also connect to other switches. This switch comes with a Full Fabric license and can be connected to multiple switches. It offers growth options to non-disruptively scale up to 24 enabled ports.
High Performance and Investment Protection
The 8/8 SAN Switch provides auto-sensing 1, 2, 4, and 8 Gb full duplex performance, allowing for up to 128 Gb of throughput. It also offers investment protection, as it can be populated with 4 Gb B-Series SFPs and upgraded to 8 Gb B-Series SFPs when needed.
The HP 8/8 SAN Switch offers compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS2) directive and comes with HP SAN Network Advisor Software. It is recommended for FICON installations and connectivity of SAN islands to corporate central SANs over 150m. Additionally, when deployed with B-series HBAs, it offers Server Application Optimization (available with Power Pack+) to improve overall application performance for physical servers and virtual machines.
The HP 8/8 SAN Switch offers a range of benefits, including:
- Removing or avoiding performance bottlenecks in high-density virtualized server environments
- Enabling rapid deployment with minimal configuration in existing environments
- Providing the highest performance available with complete backward and forward investment protection
- Enabling "pay-as-you-grow" 8-port scalability for easy, non-disruptive growth in highly dynamic business environments
The HP 8/8 SAN Switch offers simultaneous wire-speed support for all ports, providing a high-performance system with an aggregate bandwidth of up to 384 Gbit/sec full duplex. It also allows for seamless server connectivity to multi-vendor fabric environments, and can connect a large number of servers to a SAN fabric without increasing switch domain count.
Optimized Performance and Load Balancing
The 8/8 SAN Switch 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). This optimizes fabric-wide performance and load balancing by automatically routing data to all available paths in the fabric. It also simplifies SAN management by negating the need to map application performance requirements to port speeds.
Advanced Fabric Services
The HP 8/8 SAN Switch offers advanced fabric services to optimize SAN performance and resource utilization. It delivers low latency, power efficiency, and high reliability while providing a highly scalable and flexible platform for these services.