10Gb Switch Buying Guide

As the development of burgeoning network technology, 1000Base network switch has become insufficient to meet the demand. In this circumstance, 10Gb, 40Gb and even 100Gb switches are designed to cater for current and future high speed and capacity optical networks. Among them, 10Gb switch is the most popular one for both enterprise data center and carrier’s metro networks. This tutorial is a buying guide for 10Gb switch.

Overview of 10Gb Switch

Ever since 10 gigabit Ethernet has been defined by the IEEE 802.3ae standard in 2002, the ever-accelerated bandwidth intensive applications of 10Gb switches have been updating year by year. Typically it is used for interconnecting routers, servers in data centers to construct Spine-Leaf network. The reasons for boosting 10Gb switch deployments are never limited in the 10Gb speed providing. Moreover, it centralizes the pros of low latency, fewer bottlenecks, simple virtualized environment, spare bandwidth, rack space efficiency, low power consumption and expansion flexibility, etc.

FS 10Gb switch

Figure 1: FS S5850 & S5800 series 10Gb switches.

Concerns for Buying 10Gb Switch

When choosing 10Gb switch, budget is always a big concern. Generally speaking, more advanced switches with managed or PoE features will be more expensive than the opposite one. Another factor first comes in our mind is number of port. For example, 12/24/32/48 port 10Gb switches are all available at FS.COM. Table below shows the detail specification of FS S5800-48F4S 48 port SFP switch as an example for 10Gb switch.

Switching Class Layer2/3
Switching Capacity 176Gbps
Form Factor 1 RU
Latency 2.3us
Throughput 130.95Mpps
Max. Power Draw 75W
Hot-swappable Power Supplies 2 (1+1 redundancy)
Hot-swappable Fans 4 (N+1 redundancy)
CPU Cavium CN5010-500BG564-CP-G/500MHz

In addition to cost and port quantity, there are other factors to concern for buying 10Gb switch. Take a second for figuring out your network requirement and grasping the knowledge basis of 10Gb switch will save you budget and provide you superior buying experience.

·Managed or Unmanaged

Managed 10Gb switch is an advanced one for optimized network performance, which is best suitable for heavy-workload organizations requiring for traffic control, custom management and security monitoring. Unmanaged 10Gb switch is a configuration fixed plug-and-play switch. No customized management and control are supported for operators. It is best fit for anyone who just want to simply set up a network and let it run automatically. It is noted that smart partly-managed switch is a compromise solution for both functional and cost-effective concerns.

·PoE or Non-PoE

PoE 10Gb switch deploys a single cable as medium for both data transmission and power supply to PDs, such as Wireless access points, IP cameras and VoIP phones. Breaking the tether of power outlet, it can be easily placed anywhere, on desktop, on a wall or mounted in a rack. But if power supply is not a question, you can just pick up non-PoE 10Gb switch, which will save your expense.

·Stackable or Standalone

Network upgrade and expansion are common in data centers, in this case, more switches are required for connecting the growing number of devices. When deploying standalone switch, operators need to control each switch individually. Also, it is a complicated process to add new switch. Thus standalone 10Gb switch is commonly used in small business networks. For larger enterprises, stackable switch is dispensable to simplify the management and increase the availability of the network.

Ending

10Gb switch speeds your network up and provides high reliability and flexibility to your data centers. How to choose a 10Gb switch? Try to take a second for making clear the following question: What is my budget limit? How is my network environment? How many ports are in need? Is a managed or PoE switch necessary? Should I deploy a stackable switch for future-proof concern? For buying gigabit switch: 10G, 40G or even 100G, FS is always a reliable vendor to go.

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