[c-nsp] switch for SAN

Chuck Church chuckchurch at gmail.com
Fri Jan 8 11:53:36 EST 2016

What are your needs?  10GE?  Layer 3 capable?  There are a lot of small
Cisco switches.  The main difference between the 3650 and 3850 is the
wireless controller thing to my knowledge.  Not really beneficial to a SAN
switch.  Since Cisco tends to not publish buffer sizes for a lot of these
small switches, it's a bit of a guess.  The 2960X are decent for a lot of
purposes, maybe SAN.  That's just a guess though.


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From: cisco-nsp [mailto:cisco-nsp-bounces at puck.nether.net] On Behalf Of Adam
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2016 9:44 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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