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AgilePorts—An Unique Design for Connection on Arista 7150S-64 Switch

In order to meet the requirements of demanding environments such as ultra low latency financial ECNs, HPC clusters and cloud data centers, Arista launched a series of switch—Asita 7150S, including 7150S-24, 7510S-52 and 7510S-64. The Arista 7150S series represents the industry’s leading ultra low latency 1RU 1/10/40GbE layer 2/3/4 wire speed switch family. As one member of the Arista 7150S family, Arista 7150S-64 switch has both SFP+ and QSFP+ ports while the another two haven’t QSFP+ ports. This article would provide the basic information about Arista 7150S-64 switch and its network migration with Agile ports.

An overview on AgilePorts

The most distinctive feature of Arista 7150S switch is the design of AgilePorts on the switch which enables flexible deployment. AgilePorts deliver complete flexibility in connectivity—each SFP+ interface is capable of supporting 100M-10G over a variety of media, including DWDM with distances up to 80 km. The AgilePorts feature also enables groups of adjacent SFP+ ports to be configured for 40Gb operation using 10G transceivers and cables providing maximum port flexibility and a seamless migration from 10Gb to 40Gb.

Information About Arista 7150S-64

The Arista 7150S-64 has 48 SFP+ and 4 QSFP+ ports, you can see the detailed information in the below table. Different from the other two 7150S switches, 7150S-64 has the largest number port and it is the only one has QSFP+ ports. The SFP+ ports can support 1G and 10G operation and also 100Mb support with 100/1000-TX transceivers. On this 7150S-64 switch with QSFP+ ports, you can split the 40G interfaces into 4×10G. The 7150S-64 switch can provide 16×40G interfaces including 4 QSFP+ ports and 12×40G ports (48 SFP+ ports grouped into 12×40G) (see figure1).

Arista 7150S-64 Switch
Description 7150 Switch 48-Port SFP+ 4 QSFP+
Total Ports 64
SFP+ Ports 48
L2/3 Throughput 1.28 Tbps
L2/3 PPS 960 Mpps
Latency 380ns
Typical Power Draw 224 W

Table1: Information about Arista 7150S-64 Switch

7150s-64 switch

Figure1: Rear view on Arista 7150S-64 Switch

Compatible Optical Modules for Arista 7150S-64 Switch

There are many compatible 10GbE SFP+ transceivers for 7150S-64, such as 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LRL, 10GBASE-CR, and so on. You can just plug these SFP+ transceivers into the SFP+ port on the switch. For the QSFP+ ports, there is a wide range of choices as well, including 40GBASE-CR4, 40GBASE-SR4, 40G-PLRL4, 40GBASE-LR4 and etc. The distances can be supported from 100 m over OM3 to 10 km over single-mode fiber on the 7150S-64 switch.

Two Different Connection Solutions

We would mainly compare the common practice of connection with connection with AgilePorts to highlight the key distinction of connection with AgilePorts.

General Connection From 10G to 40G Network

For any network migration, optical transceivers play an essential role. So does the 10G to 40G network migration—you must take 40G QSFP+ transceiver into consideration. If you use the general switches to migrate 10G to 40G network, you can take the following connection solution as a reference. Just as we see in the below picture, an MPO/MTP LGX cassette connects four 10G SFP+ links. And then a Type-B female MPO/MTP trunk cable is used to connect the cassette and 40G QSFP+ Transceiver.

40G-solutions

Figure2: 10G to 40G solution (1)

Connection With AgilePorts on Arista 7150S-64

Like we described before, the Arista 7150S switch’s AgilePosts is designed to address device and cabling life cycles, you can upgrade from 10GbE to 40GbE only with just 10G SFP+ transceivers and cables. It provides maximum port flexibility and a seamless migration. Under this situation, 40G QSFP transceiver is unnecessary. 40G connection is achieved by connecting four 10GBASE-SR SFP+ transceivers with LC duplex fiber patch cables. In this way, time and space are saved through this kind of connection.

40G-solutions-2

Figure3: 10G to 40G solution (2)

Conclusion

The Arista 7150S-64 is a 10/40G Ethernet switch, the distinctive design of AgilePorts on the switch plays a prominent role on the network data rate migration from 10G to 40G. If you need 40G optical transceiver for 10G to 40G migration, FS.COM is a good choice. Recently, we have a slump on 40G QSFP SR4 and 100G QSFP28 SR4, buy a 40G QSFP SR4 transceiver only needs $49 at FS.COM. If you choose to use the Arista 7150S-64 with AgilePorts to connect, we also offer large and in-stock Arista compatible 10G SFP+ transceivers. If you need any of our products, please feel free to contact us.

 

How to Install a QSFP28 Transceiver

In recent years, QSFP28 transceivers have been highly favored by many Ethernet users. The modules are hot-swappable input/output (I/O) device that connect the system’s module port electrical circuity with either a copper or a fiber-optic network. Transceiver installation attaches great importance to the whole Ethernet connectivity. This article provides the installation tips of 100 Gigabit QSFP28 optical transceivers.

Information About QSFP28 Transceiver

100 Gigabit (QSFP28) transceiver module is a hot-swappable, parallel fiber-optical module. The interconnect offers four channels of high-speed differential signals with data rates ranging from 25 Gbps up to potentially 40 Gbps, and will meet 100 Gbps Ethernet (4×25 Gbps) and 100 Gbps 4X InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) requirements. These channels can terminate in another 40G QSFP+ transceiver. The QSFP+ transceiver connects the electrical circuity of the system with an optical external network.

The following figure shows the 100G QSFP28 SR4 transceiver. The transceiver is used primarily in short reach applications in switches, routers and data center equipment where it provides higher density than SFP+ modules.

QSFP28 SR4

Figure1: 100G QSFP28 SR4 transceiver

Required Tools and Equipment

To install the 100G QSFP28 transceiver, you need the following tools :

    • Wrist strap or other personal grounding device to prevent ESD occurrences.
    • Antistatic mat or Antistatic foam to set the transceiver on.
    • Fiber-optic end-face cleaning tools and inspection equipment.
Installing 100G QSFP28 Transceiver

The QSFP28 transceiver can have either a bail-clasp latch or a pull-tab latch. Installation procedures for both types of latches are provided.

Caution: The QSFP28 transceiver is a static-sensitive device. Always use an ESD wrist strap or similar individual grounding device when handling QSFP28 transceivers or coming into contact with system modules.

Installation Steps:

Step1: Attach an ESD wrist strap to yourself and a properly grounded point on the chassis or the rack.

Step2: Remove the QSFP28 transceiver from its protective packaging.

Step3: Check the label on the QSFP28 transceiver body to verify that you have the correct model for your network.

Step 4: For QSFP28 transceiver, remove the optical bore dust plug and set it aside.

Step 5: For QSFP28 transceiver equipped with a pull-tab, hold the transceiver so that the identifier label is on the top.

Step 6: For QSFP28 transceiver equipped with a bail-clasp latch, keep the bail-clasp aligned in a vertical position.

Step 7: Align the QSFP28 transceiver in front of the transceiver’s socket opening and carefully slide the QSFP28 transceiver into the socket until the transceiver makes contact with the socket electrical connector (see the figure below).

Installing QSFP28 Transceiver Module

Figure2: Installing QSFP28 Transceiver Module (Optical Transceiver Equipped with a Bail-Clasp Latch Shown)

Step8: Press firmly on the front of the QSFP28 transceiver with your thumb to fully seat the transceiver in the module’s transceiver socket (see the below figure).

Caution: If the latch is not fully engaged, you might accidentally disconnect the QSFP28 transceiver.

Seating the 100G QSFP28 transceiver module

Figure3: Seating the 100G QSFP28 transceiver module (Optical Transceiver Equipped with a Bail-Clasp Latch Shown)

Step9: For optical QSFP28 transceiver, reinstall the dust plug into the QSFP28 transceivers optical bore until you are ready to attach the network interface cable. Do not remove the dust plug until you are ready to attach the network interface cable.

Conclusion

Through this passage, we are clear the basic installation procedures of 100G QSFP28 transceivers and please keep the cautions and tips in mind in case of accident. If you need any of 100G QSFP28 transceiver, FS.COM is a good choice. Here, we provide large and in-stock 100G QSFP28 transceivers with low cost but high quality. Besides, our products can be shipped free right now to USA, Canada and Mexico. If you are interested with our products, please feel free to contact us.

How to Connect Optics for Arista 7250QX-64 Switch

In the previous post “Compatible Optics for Arista-7250QX-64“, we are clear that the features and compatible direct attach cables and optical modules of the Arista 7250QX-64 switch. But how to make the right connection? Is there anything to notice before and in the process of installation? This article would provide a satisfying solution for you.

Connecting a QSFP+ DAC Cable to Arista 7250QX-64

The proper connectivity procedures and some installation notes are very essential for connection between DAC cable and the switch. The detailed information are just below.

The connectivity steps:

1. If the QSFP+ DAC cable connector is covered with a rubber safety cap, remove the cap. Save the cap.
2. Check the port on the switch and make sure the right connectivity. If you choose 40G QSFP+ to QSFP+ DAC cable for connectivity, please make sure that is a 40G port.
3. Insert the cable connector into the switch port.

DAC cable to switch-connection

Figure1: Connecting a DAC cable to a switch

4. Secure the cables so that they do not support their own weight. Place excess cable out of the way in a neatly coiled loop. Placing fasteners on a loop helps cables maintain their shape.

Warnings and Cautions

1. Before you begin connecting the QSFP+ DAC cables to the switch, ensure that you have taken the necessary precautions for safe handling of lasers.
2. Do not bend the QSFP+ DAC cables beyond their minimum bend radius. An arc smaller than a few inches in diameter can damage the cables and cause problems that are difficult to diagnose.
3. Do not let the DAC cables hang free from the connector.
4. Do not allow fastened loops of cables to dangle, which stress the cables at the fastening point.

Installing a QSFP+ transceiver in Arista 7250QX-64

There are many QSFP+ transceiver types supporting Arista 7250QX-64, including QSFP-40G-SR4, QSFP-40G-XSR4, QSFP-40G-PLRL4, QSFP-40G-LRL4, QSFP-40G-PLR4, QSFP-40G-LR4, and QSFP-40G-ER4. Before you begin installing one QSFP+ transceiver in an Arista 7250QX-64 switch, ensure that you have a rubber safety cap available to cover the transceiver. And to prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) damage to the transceiver, do not touch the connector pins at the ends the transceiver. Figure 2 shows how to install a QSFP+ transceiver.

Optical transceiver-switch connection

Figure 2: installing a QSFP+ transceiver in a switch

Installation steps:

1. Remove the transceiver from its bag.
2. Check to see whether the transceiver is covered with a rubber safety cap. If it is not, cover the transceiver with a rubber safety cap.
Warning: Do not leave a QSFP+ transceiver uncovered except when inserting or removing a cable. The rubber safety cap keeps the port clean and prevents accidental exposure to laser light.
3. If the port in which you want to install the transceiver is covered with a dust cover, remove the dust cover and save it in case you need to cover the port later. If you are hot-swapping a transceiver, wait for at least 10 seconds after removing the transceiver from the port before installing a new transceiver.
4. Using both hands, carefully place the transceiver in the empty port. The connectors must face the switch chassis.
Caution: Before you slide the transceiver into the port, ensure that the transceiver us aligned correctly. Misalignment might cause the pins to bend, making the transceiver unusable.
5. Slide the transceiver in gently until it is fully seated.
6. Remove the rubber safety cap when you are ready to connect the cable to the transceiver.

Summary

From the above passage, we may observe that it is not difficult to connect QSFP+ DAC cables or QSFP+ transceiver to the Arista 7250QX-64 switch. Whether you are using DAC cables or QSFP+ transceivers to make connectivity, please remember that do not look directly into a optical transceiver or into the ends of the DAC cables, the laser light may damage your eyes. FS.COM offers large and in-stock Arista 40G QSFP+ DAC cables as well as 40G QSFP+ optical transceivers. If you need any of our products, please feel free to contact us.

Rack Mount Vs. Wall Mount Rack

As an indispensable IT equipment, network rack or server rack has been playing a significant role in cable management. For efficiently and safely holding all the networking devices, network racks are quite necessary. Without network racks, the cabling would look cluttered and the health of the networking equipment stored inside would be impaired.

Basically, a network rack consists of two or four vertical mounting rails and the supporting framework required to keep the rails in place. The common width of a network rack is 19 inches-most of the racks are made to accommodate any equipment that can fit in to this space. Also the networking equipment have fixed heights that are mentioned in terms of Rack Units—1Rack Unit (RU) = 1.7 inches / 4.4 cm. Generally, there are two types of network racks, rack mount and wall mount rack. What are they? And how to choose? This article would provide a satisfying answer for you.

Rack mount

Rack mount, also called floor standing network racks, which are used to house both network and server equipment. They are primarily used in data centers and other places with a large number of equipment. Their common size are 24U, 30U, 36U, 42U, and 45U. The whole front section generally comes with full length doors with hardened glass/lock. Some might even have rear doors. In addition, the floor standing racks offer specialized channels for electrical cabling, network, etc which ensure neat movement of cables in the rear end, along the height of the racks. These racks can house more equipment and can handle loads of around 450-500 kg. Rack mount can be further divided into another two types: open frame racks and rack enclosures.

Open frame network racks are just shaped as the name implies, they consist of mounting rails without sides or doors, shown as the below figure. They are open racks which have two or four mounting rails (called posts) and 2-post racks generally require less depth but support less weight than 4-post racks. This kind of rack is typically used for applications that do not need the rack to perform airflow control or provide physical security. An open-frame rack provides easy access and offers plenty of open space for cable management, making this solution ideal for network wiring closets and distribution frame applications with high-density cabling.

Open frame racks

Rack enclosures, or rack cabinets, they have removable front and rear doors, removable side panels and four adjustable vertical mounting rails. With locking doors and side panels, enclosed server rack cabinets are ideal for applications requiring physical equipment security at the rack level (as supposed to the room level). Ventilated doors encourage ample airflow from front to back. Enclosure cabinets choose an enclosed server rack for hotter equipment and applications with higher wattages per rack. Server rack cabinets are popular choice for high density data centers and server rooms.

rack encloures

Wall Mount Rack

Wall mount rack is a kind of rack which can be attached to the wall. The biggest advantage is that it can save floor space and fit in areas where other racks cannot. They typically come in open frame or cabinet styles. Wall mounted network racks are useful for housing edge devices in individual departments with fewer networking equipment. Their common sizes: 6U, 9U, 12U and 15U. The front panel generally has a hardened glass door to view they equipment inside clearly and also has a lock to ensure physical security.

Rack Mount VS. Wall Mount
  • Rack form—Rack mount refers to floor standing racks while wall mount rack intends to be attached to the wall. Compared to rack mount, wall mount rack more tends to be space-saving.
  • Size—The common size of rack mount is 24U, 30U, 36U, 42U, and 45U while the wall mount is 6U, 9U, 12U and 15U. Thus, it is clear that the form factor of wall mount is much smaller than the rack mount.
  • Category—Both the rack mount and wall mount have open frames and cabinet styles. You can choose your own style based on your need.
Summary

Rack mount and wall mount rack are two different cable managements, and they mainly differ in size and existential space. Wall mount rack focuses on space-saving while floor-standing rack mount prefers to save more IT equipment. You can choose an appropriate server rack according to your requirement. FS.COM provides both the rack mounts and wall mount racks in open frames or cabinet styles with high quality but low cost. In addition to these racks, we also offer large and in-stock compatible optical modules. If you are interested in any of our products, please feel free to contact us.

Compatible Optics for Arista 7250QX-64

In order to meet the ever-growing need for dense 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switching, Arista launches the 7250X Series switches to support a flexible combination of 10G and 40G in a compact form factor to accommodate both east-west traffic patterns and support the requirement for low latency and power efficiency in dense servers farms. Among the 7250X Series, the Arista 7250QX-64 switch has been highly favored by many Ethernet users due to its low latency, high power efficiency and high performance. The detailed information about the Arista 7250QX-64 switch and its compatible optics will be mainly covered in the following passage.

Features of Arista 7250QX-64

The Arista 7250QX-64 combines low latency, and a shared packet buffer pool of 12MB per group of ports that is allocated dynamically to ports that are congested. With 64 QSFP+ ports the 7250QX-64 is a dense 40GbE or 256 × 10GbE of wire speed performance in a 2RU system. Here are some highlights of this switch:

  • Built-in storage.
  • Resilient control plane.
  • Cloud networking ready.
  • Data center optimized design.

Arista 7250QX-64

The above figure shows Arista 7250QX-64 switch’s 64 QSFP+ ports supporting 64 × 40GbE or 256 × 10GbE.

Compatible Optics for Arista 7250QX-64 at FS.COM

The Arista 7250QX-64 supports a full rang of 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options. Those 10G/40G ports support installation of SFP+ and QSFP+ modules. FS.COM provides many high-quality compatible 40G QSFP+ DAC cables and 40G QSFP+ modules for Arista 7250QX-64. You can see it clearly in the following tables.

40G QSFP+ Direct Attach Cables
Description of 40G QSFP+ DAC

From the above statement, we are clear that the Arista 7250QX-64 switch has 64 QSFP+ ports, so you can directly connect “transceivers” on the two ends of the DAC cables to the corresponding port on the switch. For transmission distance over short distance, you can choose 40G QSFP+ DAC cables to make network connectivity. By using 40G breakout cable, you can just plug the one end of 40G QSFP+ copper direct attach cable into the 40G QSFP+ ports and plug the other ends of the DAC cable into four 10G SFP+ ports. Besides, you can also connect the two ends of 40G QSFP+ DAC cable with the 40G QSFP+ ports directly to make connectivity on the Arista 7250QX-64 switch. When the transmission distance is longer, 40G QSFP+ AOC cable is a good option to transfer data. Like the 40G QSFP+ DAC cable, you can plug the two ends of 40G QSFP+ AOC cable into the QSFP+ ports on the Arista 7250QX-64 switch. Those 40G QSFP+ DAC and AOC cables are suitable for short distance and ideal for high cost-effective connectivity to your Arista 7250QX-64 switch.

40G QSFP+ Optical Transceivers

As we can see from the above figure, there are many 40G QSFP+ modules available to the Arista 7250QX-64 switch. By using 40GBASE-SR4 QSFP+ transceiver, the maximum distance can be up to 40 km via single-mode fiber on the switch. Through 40GBASE-XSR4 QSFP+ module, link lengths on 7250QX-64 switch can arrive 300 m and 400 m, respectively, on laser-optimized OM3 and OM4 multimode fibers. FS.COM offers the above 40G QSFP+ optical transceivers, which is of compatibility and performance. In addition, all of FS.COM’s optical transceiver are tested for 100% functionality and guaranteed compatible for outstanding network performance.

Summary

The Arista 7250QX-64 is designed for high availability, low latency and high power efficiency, which provides a better solution for 10G/40G Ethernet network connectivity. FS.COM offers large and in-stock Arista 40G QSFP+ DAC cables as well as 40G QSFP+ optical transceivers with low cost but high quality. Besides, our products are free shopping right now in USA, Canada and Mexico. If you need any of our products, please feel free to contact us.