[c-nsp] switch for SAN

Steve Mikulasik Steve.Mikulasik at civeo.com
Fri Jan 8 11:29:53 EST 2016

The 3850 will perform better as it has larger buffers than the 3750X. 3850 is an upgrade in everyway. 

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From: cisco-nsp [mailto:cisco-nsp-bounces at puck.nether.net] On Behalf Of Adam Greene
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2016 7:44 AM
To: cisco-nsp at puck.nether.net
Subject: [c-nsp] switch for SAN

Hi all,


I know running Catalyst switches for SAN backbone fabric is not the best idea, due to limited buffers. 


However, we have been doing just that with a 3750X and Dell Equallogic 6100/4100s for quite some time, with no issues.


We are putting in a NetApp FAS3160 and need to add a switch. I see 3750X is EOL and Cisco positions the 3850 as its replacement. 3850 is even slightly less expensive than 3750X.



-          Should we expect the 3850 to perform as well or better than the
3750X for this application?

-          Is there any other switch we should be looking at which is not
humongously more expensive? Maybe Nexus 3k could work, but it's a lot more expensive. Maybe 4948E? Seems up there price-wise, too .





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