The Cisco Fabric Extender for HPE BladeSystem (Model B22HP) provides an extension of the Cisco Nexus switch fabric to the HPE server edge. Logically, it behaves like a remote line card to a parent Cisco Nexus 5000 series switch, with the Fabric Extender and the parent Nexus together forming a distributed modular system. The Cisco Fabric Extender for HPE BladeSystem forwards traffic to the parent Cisco Nexus switch over eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks.
Low-cost uplink connections up to 10 meters can be made with copper Twin-ax cable, and longer connections up to 100 meters can use optional Fabric Extender Transceivers. Standard 10Gb SFP+ optics are also supported.
Downlinks to each server are auto-negotiating and work with all HPE Ethernet and CNA modules allowing a choice of Ethernet, FCoE or iSCSI connections. Passing all traffic seamlessly to the Nexus 5000 allows traffic to be shaped according to policies established by the Nexus 5000 Series Switch with a single point of management.
The Mellanox SX1018HPE Ethernet Switch is the highest-performing Ethernet fabric solution in a blade switch form factor. It delivers up to 1.36 Tb/s of non-blocking throughput perfect for High-Performance Computing, Storage/Hadoop applications, Telecommunications/Carrier, Oil/Gas, Service Providers, Financial Services, and Cloud/Hyperscale environments
The SX1018HPE is an ultra-low latency switch that is ideally suited as an access switch providing InfiniBand like performance with sixteen 10 Gb/40 Gb server side downlinks and eighteen 40 Gb QSFP+ uplinks to the core with port to port latency as low as 220 ns.
Mellanox SX1018HPE Ethernet Switch has a rich set of Layer 2 networking and security features and supports faster application performance and enhanced server CPU utilization with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), making this switch the perfect solution for any high performance Ethernet network.