C-series Switches

Does your data center need increased switch scalability and performance? The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switches elevate the standard for director-class switches. Providing industry-leading availability, scalability, security, and management, it allows businesses to deploy higher-performance SANs, with lower TCO. Layering a rich set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, the switch director addresses the stringent requirements of large data center storage environments. Future ready performance with up to 24 Tb/s of Fibre Channel (FC) system bandwidth and 384 (8-Slot) or 192 (4-Slot) 4/8/16/32 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s full line rate FC ports or 384 (8-Slot) or 192 (4-Slot) 10GbE FCoE ports in a single chassis or up to 1152 (8-slot) or 768 (4-slot) FC ports in a single rack. Ready for integration of future high-speed standards, providing continued investment protection.

What's new

  • Introducing 48-port 32 Gb Fibre Channel Director module delivering full-duplex aggregate performance of 1536 Gbps, making it well suited for high-speed 32-Gbps storage subsystems.
  • The new 48-port 32 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching module can easily be inserted into existing HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Directors without any impact on operations.

Features

Industry-leading Scalability

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch are designed for deployment in large-scale data center storage networks to deliver enterprise cloud capabilities while supporting business transformation.

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch provide up to 24 terabits per second (Tb/s) of Fibre Channel (FC) system bandwidth and 384 (8 slots) or 192 (4 slots) 4/8/16/32 Gb/s, 10 Gb/s full line rate FC ports or 384 (8 slots) or 192 (4 slots) 10GbE FCoE ports in a single chassis.

Existing 16 Gbps customers can transparently move to 32 Gbps speeds without the need for a major equipment upgrade as the 48-port 32 Gbps Fibre Channel Switching module can easily be inserted into existing HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Directors.

Outstanding SAN Performance

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch enables seamless deployment of unified fabrics while delivering high-performance Fibre Channel connectivity, which achieves low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Provides support for 16/32 Gb/s Fibre Channel and 1.5 Tb/s throughput per slot.

Provides a 16/32 Gb/s line-rate, non-blocking, with predictable performance across all traffic conditions for every port in the chassis.

Delivers full-duplex aggregate performance of 1536 Gbps, making it well suited for high-speed 32 Gbps storage subsystems, 32 Gbps Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), high-performance virtualized servers, and all-flash and NVMe arrays.

Supports 10GbE FCoE for unified storage and data networking.

High Availability

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch offers fully redundant components, including fabric cards, supervisors, and power supplies.

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch provides grid redundancy on the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors.

With the HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch, users can add additional Fabric-1 Crossbar switching modules to enable N+1 fabric redundancy with no loss of performance.

Intelligent Network Features

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch offer VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabric wide quality of service (QoS) enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise wide storage networks.

The HPE StoreFabric SN8500C Director Switch combines non-disruptive software upgrades, stateful process restart and failover, and full redundancy of all major components for best-in class.

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