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HPE SN8700C 16-slot 16/32/64Gb Fibre Channel Director Switch



Product Type: SAN Switch Chassis
Product Family: C
Brand Name: HPE
Form Factor: Rack-mountable
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  • Number of Total Expansion Slots16
  • ManageableYes
  • Maximum Power Supply Wattage3000 W
  • Redundant Power SupplyYes
  • Compatible Rack Unit26U
  • Form FactorRack-mountable
  • Height45.3″
  • Width17.3″
  • Depth35″
  • Weight (Approximate)300 lb
  • Limited Warranty3 Year
General Information
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Manufacturer Part Number: R7L00A
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Brand Name: HPE
Product Series: C
Product Model: SN8700C
Product Name: SN8700C 16-slot 16/32/64Gb Fibre Channel Director Switch
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Key Features

Lower TCO with SAN Consolidation

The HPE C-series SN8700C Director Switch lets you easily consolidate data assets into fewer, larger, and more manageable SANs to reduce your hardware footprint and associated Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) and Operating Expenses (OPEX).

It provides up to 24 terabits per second (Tb/s) of FC system bandwidth and 768 (16 slots) or 384 (8 slots) or 192 (4 slots) 16/32/64 Gb/s in a single chassis.

Existing 16/32 Gbps customers can transparently move to 32/64 Gbps speeds without the need for a major equipment upgrade as the 48-port 32 Gbps FC Switching module or 64 Gbps FC Switch module (when available) can easily be inserted into existing HPE C-series SN8700C Directors.

It provides line-rate, nonblocking and predictable performance for all traffic conditions for every port up to the future 64 Gbps speed in the chassis.

It offers VSAN technology, access control lists (ACLs) for hardware-based intelligent frame processing, and fabric-wide quality of service (QoS) enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise wide storage networks.

High Availability

The HPE C-series SN8700C Director Switch offers fully redundant components, including fabric cards, supervisors, and power supplies.

It provides grid redundancy on the power supply and 1+1 redundant supervisors.

With the HPE C-series SN8700C Director Switch, users can add additional Fabric-3 modules to enable N+1 fabric redundancy with no loss of performance.

The port-channel capability allows you aggregate up to 16 physical links into one logical bundle. The bundle can consist of any speed-matched ports in the chassis, helping ensure that the bundle can remain active in the event of a port or module failure.

It provides outstanding high availability, helping ensure that solutions exceed the maximum uptime requirements of today’s most-demanding environments.

Easy Manageability

The HPE C-series SN8700C Director Switch supports enhanced diagnostic features such as inter-switch link (ISL) and host-bus-adapter (HBA) diagnostics, read diagnostic parameters, link cable beacon, and advanced reliability features such as forward error correction (FEC) with HBA ports.

Cisco Data Center Network Manager Essentials Edition software, included with the switch, provides a centralized management tool with task-based wizards that simplifies management of switches and fabrics. Additional advanced features are available with the DCNM licensed version, sold separately.

Cisco SAN Insights delivers deep visibility into I/O traffic between the compute and the storage infrastructure. This information is in addition to the already-available visibility obtained from individual ports, switches, servers, virtual machines, and storage arrays.

Fully Integrated SAN Analytics (HPE C-series SAN Insights)

The HPE C-series SN8700C Director Switch offers state-of-the-art SAN analytics and telemetry capabilities that have been built into this next-generation hardware platform.

It inspects I/O flows to bring out a unified view of the infrastructure irrespective of the architecture or vendor of storage arrays, servers, or operating systems.

The telemetry data extracted from the inspection of the frame headers are calculated on board (within the director module) and, using an industry-leading open format, can be streamed to any analytics-visualization platform.

SAN Analytics can be integrated with and visualized by using the advanced features of HPE’s Data Center Network Manager.

Product Type: SAN Switch Chassis
I/O Expansions
Number of Total Expansion Slots: 16
Management & Protocols
Manageable: Yes
Power Description
Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 3000 W
Redundant Power Supply: Yes
Physical Characteristics
Compatible Rack Unit: 26U
Form Factor: Rack-mountable
Height: 45.3″
Width: 17.3″
Depth: 35″
Weight (Approximate): 300 lb
Limited Warranty: 3 Year

Additional information

  • Weight 300 kg
  • Dimensions 17.3 × 45.3 cm
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