Connect Dell Poweredge R740XD 4port 10GBe to 10GBe T-Base Switch Options

David Mundt
David Mundt used Ask the Experts™
I'm buying a new Dell PowerEdge R740XD with a 4port 10GBe NIC and am looking into the best Switch to connect it to. We are primarily a Cisco Shop so I've been looking at Cisco Catalyst 3850 series. I'm looking for everyone's opinion here.
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Andy BartkiewiczNetwork Analyst

I think the 3850 only has 10GB uplink ports, which will be SFPs and not work with you NICs. I would look at the Cisco Nexus switches. They are going to be more expensive but you will get 10GB rj45s.
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i spoke with a Cisco Engineer today and I can use 3850 or 9300 to achieve what I was looking for. The 9300 has 12 10GBe copper ports available.

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