The RackSwitch™ G8264 that leverages 10Gb SFP+ and 40Gb QSFP+ Ethernet technology is specifically designed
for the data center. It is ideal for today's big data, cloud, and optimized workload solutions. It is an enterprise class
Layer 2 and Layer 3 full featured switch that delivers line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic
queuing without delaying data. Large data-center grade buffers help keep traffic moving, while the redundant power
and fans along with numerous high availability features help provide high availability for business sensitive traffic.
The RackSwitch G8264, shown in Figure 1, is ideal for latency sensitive applications such as high performance
computing clusters and financial applications. In addition to the 10 Gb Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE connections, the
G8264 also has the capability for traditional 1 GbE connections. The G8264 supports the newest protocols including
Data Center Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (DCB/CEE) for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) in addition
to iSCSI and network-attached storage (NAS).
Figure 1. RackSwitch G8264
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The G8264 supports Virtual Fabric, which helps clients significantly reduce cost and complexity related to I/O
requirements of many virtualization deployments. Virtual Fabric helps reduce the number of multiple I/O adapters to
a single dual-port 10 G adapter and reduces the number of cables and required upstream switch ports. By using
Virtual Fabric, you can carve a dual-port 10 G server adapter into 8 virtual network interface cards (vNICs) and
create dedicated virtual pipes between the adapter and switch for optimal performance, higher availability, and
improved security. With Virtual Fabric, you can make dynamic changes and allocate bandwidth per vNIC so that
you can adjust it over time without downtime.
The RackSwitch G8264 is the first 10 GbE switch to offer benefits of OpenFlow. OpenFlow is the new open
application programming interface (API) that enables the network administrator to easily configure and manage
virtual networks that control traffic on a "per-flow" basis. It creates multiple independent virtual networks and
related policies without dealing with the complexities of the underlying physical network and protocols. With
OpenFlow, clients can easily create user-controlled virtual networks, optimize performance dynamically, and
minimize complexity when used with an industry compliant OpenFlow controller.
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