Fibre Channel switch compatible with Apple OS X

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by benmorris, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. benmorris

    benmorris Guest

    I have a client that wants a Mac compatible 2GB Fiber switch. H
    believes Compac has fiber switch for around 4500.- but not sure if it i
    compatible? Apple recommended a Fiber switch for 12K which is to
    expensive

    Here's the scenario..

    They have 2 G5 hi-definition setups accessing a Dual 1.33Ghz X-serve
    controlling a 2.52TB Xraid, with RAID 5 configuration. All connection
    will be via 2GB fiber channel

    Unfortunately, the Xserve has only 2 fiber ports, necessitating the nee
    for a 2GB fiber switch

    The big question is, what switches are compatible with Apple




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    benmorris, Dec 28, 2003
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  2. :I have a client that wants a Mac compatible 2GB Fiber switch. He
    :believes Compac has fiber switch for around 4500.- but not sure if it is
    :compatible? Apple recommended a Fiber switch for 12K which is too
    :expensive.

    Good Fibre Channel switches *are* expensive. $12K is low for a 2 Gb
    FC switch.

    Looks like the $4500 you mention must be for the
    HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/8-EL (list $US6400). That's an
    8 port fibre fabric device, 1 or 2 Gb, but limited to
    scaling to 4 switches. At that price point, you also do not
    get any of the optional software, including not the fabric
    management software (which I believe you are going to need unless
    that X-Serve already has fabric management.)


    Is the StorageWorks compatable with Mac OS-X? Sorry, I don't
    know, and that's not relevant to comp.dcom.sys.cisco .
     
    Walter Roberson, Dec 28, 2003
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    Fibre Channel is very pricey. The goal should be moving towards iSCS
    solutions. Cisco 5240 is a great Fibre to Gbit Enet solution. I
    addition, with Trunking on Cisco switches you can effectively make
    nice 2Gb pipe with two connections to the Xserve

    HOWEVER, I believe latency might be a big issue with Ethernet (iSCSI
    vs. Fibre Channel and that's especially a problem with video editing (H
    onlining). But if voice is not a problem (via QOS) then I don't see
    problem with storage tech

    Anybody messed with Cisco 5200 series


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    Phil Guest

    Since we do need ablility to online in HD, an affordable solution is a
    follows. A vixel 12 port fiber switch costs about $4K. It is authorize
    for use by Apple. Basically, through the switch, our two G5s ar
    connected to a 2.52 TB Xraid, using RAID 50 striping. Since HD ca
    demand up to 200MB per second, I think iSCSI is out

    BTW, if your clients insist on an Xraid as a storage/capture solution
    the only way possible is with a 2.52 TB. You need all 14 drives stripe
    to get the proper data rate transfers


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    Phil, Dec 29, 2003
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  5. :Since we do need ablility to online in HD, an affordable solution is as
    :follows.

    :Since HD can
    :demand up to 200MB per second, I think iSCSI is out.

    Sorry, you lost me. What does it mean to "online in HD" ?
    Is that like streaming video at HDTV resolutions?
     
    Walter Roberson, Dec 29, 2003
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