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HP SN6000B Hardware Reference Manual: Hp Sn6000b 16gb Fc Switch; Overview; Platform Capabilities

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1 HP SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch

This chapter provides an overview of the HP SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch. It describes platform
capabilities and components, the physical layout of the switch, software options, and hardware
For descriptions of acronyms and abbreviations used in this guide, see the "Glossary".


The HP SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch is a 48-port autosensing 4, 8, or 16 Gb/s as well as 10 Gb/s
FC switch that delivers the latest HP single-chip architecture for FC SANs. The SN6000B 16Gb
FC Switch is an enterprise-class switch designed to handle the large-scale SAN requirements of
an enterprise environment, and can also be used to address the SAN requirements of a small to
medium-sized workgroup.
The SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch meets RAS, performance, and scalability requirements of an
enterprise switch while delivering interoperability and ease-of-use advantages. The SN6000B
16Gb FC Switch is the latest offering from the HP family of entry-to-enterprise products.
The SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch provides 48 ports in a single (1U) height switch that enables the
creation of very dense fabrics in a relatively small space.
The SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch also offers POD licensing. Base models of the switch contain 24
ports, and up to two additional 12-port POD licenses can be purchased. The switch provides
excellent value as the foundation of a SAN and can grow to meet an organization's SAN needs.
The SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch can be configured in AG mode, enabling you to configure your
enterprise fabric to handle additional N_Ports instead of domains. By reducing the number of
domain IDs and ports you simplify configuration and management in a large fabric. Switches in
AG mode are logically transparent to the host and fabric. You can increase the number of hosts
that have access to the fabric without increasing the number of switches.

Platform capabilities

The SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch offers the following features and capabilities:
Up to 48 autosensing ports of high-performance 16 Gb/s technology in a single domain.
POD scaling from 24 to 36 or 48 ports.
4, 8, and 16 Gb/s autosensing FC switch and router ports.
4 and 8 Gb/s performance is enabled by 8 Gb/s SFP+ transceivers.
4, 8, and 16 Gb/s performance is enabled by 16 Gb/s SFP+ transceivers.
10 Gb/s manual set capability on FC ports (requires the optional 10 Gigabit FC-IP/FC license).
10 Gb/s performance is enabled by 10 Gb/s SFP+ transceivers.
The first eight ports can be configured for 10 Gb/s for metro connectivity.
Universal ports self-configure as E, F, M, or D ports. EX_Ports can be activated on a per port
basis with the optional Integrated Routing license. The Diagnostic Port (D_Port) feature provides
physical media diagnostic, troubleshooting, and verification services.
In-flight data compression and encryption on up to two ports provides efficient link utilization
and security.
VF support improves isolation between VFs.
FCR service, available with the optional Integrated Routing license, provides improved
scalability and fault isolation.
HP SN6000B 16Gb FC Switch


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