10Gb Switching

Hi Guys,

I'm wondering if someone could help. I've got two projects going on and it all comes back down to 10Gb switching. We definitely need it!

What our management doesn't want is a full SFP 10Gb switch for servers, as it means adding additional cost each time we buy a server (as we'd need to buy 4 transceivers 2 for the servers, 2 for the switches)

We do however need SFP for our comms links (IDF Closets connecting back)

Does anybody know of any switches out there for a network core that are perhaps half SFP and half 10gb copper?

Any advise appreciated!
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Jack LloydTechnical Services AnalystAsked:
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Nathan HawkinsTechnical Lead - Network SecurityCommented:
No... Because all Layer 2/3 appliances these days are building for 40Gb throughput... You have to use SFP. The real question is why are building individual servers by the actual box? Go virtual... Get one beefy VM host box with dual 40Gb NICs that are bonded and linked to an 802.1AD and 802.1Q capable switch and leverage the VM's on that.
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Jack LloydTechnical Services AnalystAuthor Commented:
This is for a virtual environment, we're putting 20Gbps to each Hyper-V host.
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Nathan HawkinsTechnical Lead - Network SecurityCommented:
Ok... As far as I know... The only way to get 10Gb and faster is thru the use of SFP. So if you want 10Gb copper, you have to buy the 10Gb copper SFP for that port.
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Craig BeckCommented:
You'll either get switches with 1-4 SFP+ ports and the rest 10G copper, or just all SFP+ ports.  There are no 10G mixed switches that I know of in a half/half configuration.

Netgear have a reasonably-priced 24-port 10G copper switch (the M7100).  That also gives 4x SFP+ ports.

Allied Telesis do some half/half switches with removable modules but I'm sure they are gigabit only.
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