Gig-E equipment suggestions
diehl at borg.umn.edu
Tue Mar 13 10:31:35 PST 2001
I am a student with the University of Minnesota Fibre Channel research
group. We are currently comparing FC SANs to Ethernet-based storage
methods using Linux. In order to have a fair (gigabit speed) comparison
we need to purchase some Gig-E equipment.
We are looking for one 7 or 8 port Gig-E switch and 5 or 6 GNICs. These
GNICs must have Linux drivers, of course.
I have compiled a list and would greatly appreaciate any comments or
suggestions (on this list or elsewhere) regarding what equipment to
GigE NICs (all with some kind of on-board TCP/IP offloading)
Netgear GA620[T] (same linux driver as 3com) $325
D-Link DGE-500[sx/t] (linux support??) $265 (or $120 for copper)
3Com 3C985B-sx (same driver as netgear) $640
Intel PRO/1000 F (on sale 2 for 1) $550 (for 2)
And some copper and optical switches: Switches:
Netgear GS504 (optical) 4-port $1400-1500
Netgear GS504T (copper) 4-port $900-1000
D-Link DGS-3204 4-port $1300-1400
D-Link DGS-3208F 8-port $2700
3Com 4900sx Superstack 12-port $4600
Intel OpenBox something 7-port $6500
I know the Netgear and 3Com cards have drivers available at
but I'm not sure about the D-Link card.
Do you recommend copper (cat5) or optical versions? Is there such a thing
as an 8-port copper GigE switch (I can't find them on the various vendor's
Thank you for your time and I look forward to any of your input.
University of Minnesota Fibre Channel Group
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