You may have noticed the Supermicro SSE-X3348TR in our SMB and SME NAS reviews. Supermicro was kind enough to help us scale our network so we could test a wider range of network storage products. We're reviewing the Quanta MESOS CB220 Cluster-in-a-Box NAS currently, and without the SSE-X3348TR, that review won't happen.
The SSE-X3348T and SSE-X3348TR both include forty-eight 10GBase-T (RJ45) ports, four QSFP 40GbE ports and two failover management ports to the top of the rack. The difference between the SSD-X3348T and the SSE-X3348TR is the direction of the air flow. The SSE-X3348TR (R for Reverse) is a back of rack switch that pulls air from the front of the race and exhausts the heat at the rear of the rack. Typically we would call the exhaust side the front of the switch. The reverse airflow version fit our system perfectly.
Let's take a look at the specifications and the features of this top-of-rack switch.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Supermicro has an extensive line of data switches. Above, Forest Preston, Supermicro Senior Product Manager, Top of Rack Data Switches, talks about the 2014 product switch line.
The SSE-X3348TR leaves us with a lot to go over today. Armed with 48 energy efficient 10GBase-T ports for rack down connectivity and four 40GbE QSFP ports for uplink connectivity, the switch tops off a custom Supermicro rack nicely and prepares the rack for easy integration.
Just in case the specifications sheet didn't cover all of the bells and whistles, the SSE-X3348TR also lists a section of features.
Supermicro doesn't just offer manuals that cover what each feature does, but the company also offers configuration guides that walk users through setting up and configuring advanced features. Over the last two decades, I've been involved in computers and owned several enterprise network products from 3Com, Extreme Networks, HP, Dell and Mellanox to name a few. None of those products included this level of detail in the printable materials.
Shopping online with Google, we managed to find the SSE-X3348TR for just over $12,000. We wanted to compare the SSD-X3348TR price to one of the few similarly configured switches on the market and came up with the Dell S4820T, a new switch from the Force 10 team that Dell acquired. The S48020T uses the same 48 10GBaseT with 4 QSFP 40GbE ports. The S4820T costs $35,372 at the time of writing.
We'll look at the accessory package in detail later in the review. The optional accessories are the rackmount rail kits.
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