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HPE 6120XG Blade Switch - switch - 8 ports - managed - plug-in module

Mfg. Part: 516733-B21 | CDW Part: 1866458 | UNSPSC: 43222612
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  • Switch
  • managed
  • 16 x 10Gb Ethernet (midplane downlink) + 2 x 10Gb Ethernet (cross connect link) + 1 x 10GBase-CX4 (uplink) + 8 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ (uplink)
  • plug-in module
  • for BLc3000 Enclosure; BLc7000 Three-Phase...
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Switch
  • managed
  • 16 x 10Gb Ethernet (midplane downlink) + 2 x 10Gb Ethernet (cross connect link) + 1 x 10GBase-CX4 (uplink) + 8 x 10 Gigabit SFP+ (uplink)
  • plug-in module
  • for BLc3000 Enclosure; BLc7000 Three-Phase Enclosure; ProLiant c3000
The HP 6120XG Ethernet Blade Switch is designed for the c-Class Blade System and HP Integrity Superdome 2 enclosures that provides enhanced Layer 2 features and interoperability across existing network environments. Reduce complexity of network management through resilient edge-to-core connectivity and automated provisioning. The 6120XG offers a variety of connection interfaces and robust high-availability features that offers investment protection, flexibility, and scalability.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Bay Required
Type: None

Capacity
Type: Layer 2 multicast groups
Value: 256

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 10.5 in
Height: 1.1 in
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Width: 7.6 in

Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90% (non-condensing)
Max Operating Temperature: 95 °F
Max Storage Temperature: 140 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 50 °F
Min Storage Temperature: -40 °F

Flash Memory
Installed Size: 640 MB
Type: Flash

Header
Brand: HPE
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Model: 6120XG Blade Switch
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: HPE

Interface Provided
Comments: Midplane downlink
Qty: 16
Type: 10Gbit LAN
Type: Network node



Comments: Cross connect link
Interface: Ethernet 10GBase-CX4
Qty: 2



Comments: Uplink
Connector Type: SFP+
Connector Type: SFP+
Qty: 8



Qty: 1
Type: 10GBase-CX4



Comments: Management
Type: USB

Miscellaneous
Authentication Method: RADIUS , Secure Shell (SSH) , Secure Shell v.2 (SSH2) , TACACS , TACACS+
Compliant Standards: AS/NZS 3548 Class A , CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1 , EN 60950-1 , EN55022 , EN55024 , FCC Class A certified , ICES-003 Class A , MIC , RoHS 6/6 , UL , UL 60950-1 , VCCI Class A ITE , WEEE
Encryption Algorithm: SSL

Networking
Auxiliary Network Ports: 1x10GBase-CX4
Communication Mode: Full-duplex , Half-duplex
Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.1D , IEEE 802.1p , IEEE 802.1Q , IEEE 802.1s , IEEE 802.1v , IEEE 802.1w , IEEE 802.1x , IEEE 802.3ad (LACP) , IEEE 802.3x
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Empty Slots: 8 x SFP+
Features: Access Control List (ACL) support , ARP support , Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X) , BOOTP support , DHCP support , Dynamic ARP protection , Dynamic VLAN Support (GVRP) , Flow control , IPv6 support , Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) support , Port mirroring , Quality of Service (QoS) , Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) support , sFlow , Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support , STP Root Guard , Syslog support , Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) support , Trunking , VLAN support
Form Factor: Plug-in module
Jumbo Frame Support: 9220 bytes
MAC Address Table Size: 16K entries
Manageable: Yes
Ports Qty: 8
Remote Management Protocol: CLI , HTTP , HTTPS , RMON 1 , RMON 2 , SNMP 1 , SNMP 2c , SNMP 3 , SSH , SSH-2 , Telnet
Routing Protocol: RIP-2 , Static IPv4 routing
Status Indicators: Link activity , Unit ID
Subcategory: Network hubs and switches
Subtype: 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Type: Switch

Performance
Type: Forwarding performance (64-byte packet size)
Value: 357.1 Mpps



Type: Latency
Value: 1.8 µs

Ports
Qty: 16
Type: 10Gb Ethernet (midplane downlink)

Ports (2nd)
Qty: 2
Type: 10Gb Ethernet (cross connect link)

Ports (3rd)
Qty: 1
Type: 10GBase-CX4 (uplink)

Ports (4th)
Qty: 8
Type: 10 Gigabit SFP+ (uplink)

Power Device
Power Consumption Operational: 105 Watt

RAM
Installed Size: 512 MB

Slot Required
Type: None

Product Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by 19reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by We started using it to standardize our infrastructure. Valuable Features:We used to have many physical servers spending energy and space in our data center. Now most of our servers are virtually running in a blade server infrastructure. We use the BladeSystem, ProLiant, and 3PAR for storage and we're trying to create a hybrid environment infrastructure. Also, OneView provides us with more visibility and you can manage what you can see.Improvements to My Organization:It's about standardizing the infrastructure. Now we're only using one physical infrastructure and one software platform for the management.Room for Improvement:It would be nice if it could integrate with cloud systems.Stability Issues:We never have downtime caused by this solution. Mainly when we have a downtime it's caused by a planned maintenance or something similar.Scalability Issues:When we need to grow, we just buy another BladeSystem and ProLiant, then add it to the system. It's modular, so we can simply add in devices when we need.Technical Support:We have a TS contract with an HPE partner.Previous Solutions:We were using many different servers and we needed to standardize our infrastructure.Implementation Team:Tecnasa installed the system for us.Other Advice:You will need to determine you parameters and your requirements so you can decide which products will best fit your needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The way it's designed, you just slide whatever modules you're putting in there and it's pretty much done. Valuable Features:* It's easy to perform an upgrade* The failover solutions* The blade enclosure system* The way it's designed* Failover for network connectivity* Storage uplinks* = it's a pretty solid system.I really love the service. We have the HPE care packs - supported contracts are 24/7 response time. It's the piece of mind that if my hardware were to ever fail, I'd be back up and running quickly.We've used it for a couple of years already and we're really happy with the product.Improvements to My Organization:It's more about the redundancy. Like I said, their uptime has to be pretty much all the time. They can't really afford to have any down time. The reliability that HPE offers means the BladeSystem are a perfect fit for the company.Room for Improvement:I believe there's a product called HPE OneView that I'm really interested in looking into. Right now we run off of iLO connections or we manage our servers through virtual connects. It would be nice to get them all unified into just one display and then monitor everything from there.Stability Issues:I've never had any issues with the BladeSystems. There's never been a situation where we were down completely. Actually, the experience has been pretty reassuring in that sense. I'm very comfortable with the product.Technical Support:It's outstanding.Other Solutions Considered:We've been an HPE shop for a while. We know the service that HPE offers, so there really wasn't a need to explore another company in regards to blade systems. We are happy with HPE, and for now we're going to stick with them.Other Advice:The product is really simple to install. The way it's designed, you just slide whatever modules you're putting in there and it's pretty much done. HPE give it the iLO IP and you're ready to manage. Once you have it, there's not much advice I can give. It'll work and do the trick.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. July 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It's been easy from an upgrade perspective and maintenance. Valuable Features:We like the wire once approach. We've had to do very little maintenance on the backend connectivity components. We really have been able to basically leave our fiber and Ethernet connections alone. I think in our ten years on two BladeSystem enclosures, we've done one infield upgrade, to raise our capacity limits on Ethernet and fiber channel. But really, the same enclosures have been doing fantastic for that entire time.Room for Improvement:We had a lot of work to do from a management perspective as an administrator to ensure that we had the correct firmware and driver levels, and things like that, between servers. HPE fixed that when they introduced the service pack for ProLiant.Use of Solution:We've been a BladeSystem customer for probably 10 years.Stability Issues:Early on, I would say that it wasn't. They test all of the firmware and drivers together now, so when we do a deployment or upgrade for firmware, that service pack has been integration tested across all of the different generations and hardware components, so we've gotten a lot more stability out of the solution since they made that change, and that's something I will say across multiple different solutions. Sometimes if they identify a problem like that as a partner, they tend to try to correct it. It may take them some time to get it corrected, but we went through the same sort of thing with StoreOnce ... Early on we had some issues with the software releases and there were some inefficiencies that in a couple generations they had it worked out and they listened to customer feedback. They try to integrate that into their solutions. That's one of the things that keeps us as an HPE customer, because we do feel that communication and feedback gets heard.Scalability Issues:Multiple enclosures at scale can introduce challenges. That's one of the downsides of a ten year old technology. HPE is working on new solutions to really hit scale issues that they have encountered with BladeSystem, but it works fine for us. We are a small to medium sized enterprise, so we've not encountered any major issues with scalability where we are at, but we are running one enclosure per sight, so we're not really trying to do scale things.Technical Support:7/10 - it can be hit or miss. We get better luck with our premium support levels. We have a named TAM for some of our systems, that works out well. Escalation managers are always good. There is good technical talent, it's just sometimes hidden by first level support. That can be difficult and frustrating at times, but over ten years working with them, I would say today it's probably a little better than when I first started. Actually, I would say it's probably improved a good bit since I first started working with them, but it's still got some room to go.Initial Setup:BladeSystem setup was one of my first projects when I joined the company, there was a learning curve to it. It really actually was fairly straightforward except we were trying to do everything boot from SAN, and that added some complexity and learning curve. The actual hardware solution - it was fairly straightforward and made a lot of sense. Blades were brand new back then too, so it was a foreign concept, but it wasn't terrible. I would say maybe a a six out of ten or something initially, but if I had to do it now, it's probably a lot easier.Other Advice:It really gets the job done well. It's dense compute. We replaced an entire rack of equipment with ten use, twelve use, I can't remember how many use it is, but with a single BladeSystem. It really gets the job done. The management is easy, it's been easy from an upgrade perspective and maintenance. So, it works really well for us.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor. July 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We have a large DSX infrastructure for VMWare and having it uniform and having it compact is a good thing for us. Valuable Features:The density of servers and their racks, just being able to fit as much as we can in as small space as we can. This is important because our data center space is at a premium.Improvements to My Organization:We have a large DSX infrastructure for VMWare and having it uniform and having it compact is a good thing for us. As we're moving forward towards using OneView I think that'll save us some FT there as well. The older tools weren't as easy to use. I went to a session on OneView and it looked a little bit more like something we were going to be able to take advantage of and save a lot of time and configuration.Room for Improvement:I think some of the stuff may be fixed but one of the issues we have is firmware on virtual connects. There's a little bit of overlap on the timing that causes, you know, if you're not careful it can cause a short outage for the Blade System. I think that may be fixed with OneView management.We're working on implemented OneView. We're just barely getting started. I think OneView is addressing a lot of the issues that we have, we haven't been able to get fully into it yet due to limited resources.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:So really the main thing we've had was just the firmware with virtual connects can be a little touchy. There's another tool, I can't even remember what it's called, you can do a command line and avoid the issue, talking to our hospitalier but we haven't had a chance so what we've kind of done is made a whole chassis of failure domain which is kind of a waste of resources on occasion to avoid that.Previous Solutions:Well to be honest, I haven't ever used another BladeSystem from another vendor. Our organization has an HPE Direct as far as technology goes, so I haven't really been involved in considering other platforms so.Other Solutions Considered:I know they looked at Cisco a little bit but I haven't myself.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. June 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It allows organisations to grow their clusters and environments by adding more blades to the enclosure. Valuable Features:The simple design of blades makes it easy to perform a swapout in the event of a failure.Improvements to My Organization:It allows organisations to grow their clusters and environments by adding more blades to the enclosure.Room for Improvement:The profiles needs a complete rework, the way the profiles and networks are assigned to the blades isn’t user friendly and is often a hindranceStability Issues:We've had no issues with the performance.Scalability Issues:It's had good scalability, and you don’t have to fully populate from the onset and can grow as needed.Other Advice:The servers are mostly reliable, but the admin is overly complicated in certain areas. Try as far as possible to keep the chassis use the same, e.g. one chassis for Hyper-V, one chassis for SQL etc. Try also to keep the networking set on the network side and make as little use of the chassis profiles as possible.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We have a Strategic Partnership with HP May 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Virtual Connect allows me to utilize fewer physical ports to reach the total number of segregated ports Valuable Features:One of the useful features is the Virtual Connect module as this approach allows me to utilize fewer physical ports to reach the total number of segregated ports that I need, especially for a virtual environment. Also, there is a server profile attached which is similar, but not yet full blown, to stateless computing.Improvements to My Organization:This particular product allows us to mix up the environment - not only x86 but also the HP UX where the critical application were deployed. This particular architecture (BladeSystem) also allows us to have higher density which cannot be reached by traditional rack-mount servers. Currently, the latest trend (hyper converged approach) is still under observation.Room for Improvement:The management is great but there are other competitors that are implementing a better approach. Even HP's own latest products have this composable approach, so if there are any changes that I would like to see, they are within this particular area.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We've experienced no issues with performance. There are several versions that have issues with the hardware that we need to replace and update firmware to fully utilize the blade.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:7.5-8/10 because currently our company has a partnership that allows us to provide services and tech support. We get a great response from the HP team, and our local teams are also ready to help.Previous Solutions:We chose this product because of the stability and their market share is quite large. This means that older products come from the same principals that makes it easier to integrate, and the second one is that this particular item is good to implement.Initial Setup:It is quite straightforward, as there is a wizard. I think newbies with simple documentation can perform the initial setup.Implementation Team:If the project is a complex one that includes any other items (storage, network, etc.) I would strongly recommended to hire a vendor team as it is their job to not only initialize the BladeSystem, but also to integrate it with the entire solution.Other Solutions Considered:We also use Cisco UCS and IBM Flex servers.Other Advice:Keep observing the market as new technologies have emerged, but not all are useful yet. It is good if we have a good relationship with the solution integrator as they may also give feedback.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a first tier partner - Platinum Partner in Indonesia. May 24, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by The mail exchange server runs smoothly on the Blade Server. Sometimes we can't run a new Java version or Active X. Valuable Features:I can remotely manage and monitor it easily.Improvements to My Organization:The mail exchange server runs smoothly on the Blade Server.Room for Improvement:With the management software, sometimes we can't run a new Java version or Active X. We have to use an old OS such as Windows XP to get through this. Some features of the Blade still requires you to use a CLI to configure.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment. I can use a laptop and configure the Blade from my office room so I don’t have to go to the server room.Stability Issues:We've experienced no issues with performance.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:It's good.Initial Setup:It was straightforward.Implementation Team:It was implemented through a vendor.Cost and Licensing Advice:It's expensive and the price should be reduced.Other Solutions Considered:We also use Cisco UCS and IBM Flex servers.Other Advice:You should get it through a vendor.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 24, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable. Valuable Features:The integration with our existing environment, and it's ease of use are valuable.Improvements to My Organization:We went from traditional rack servers, consolidated to blades, making management easier. However, we required better capacity planning due to "blade server" lock-in.Room for Improvement:It needs to be easier to help build OpenStack solutions. It is also lacking container integration which would make adoption easier.Use of Solution:I've been using it for two years.Deployment Issues:There were no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had no issues with the stability.Scalability Issues:It's been able to scale for our needs.Technical Support:Excellent pre-sales, working both with HP and a VAR, and after sales technical support was good after the first level.Previous Solutions:We had used HP rack servers previously.Initial Setup:It was easy. We leveraged VAR resources to help get up to speed with some skills training after installation.Implementation Team:Vendor assistance is a good idea if you are transition from rack mount servers to blades. Some hand-holding is required, but not much.Cost and Licensing Advice:There wasn't much of a change for our pricing/licensing costs. However, we did have an increase in CPU power meaning there was reduction in the number of CPUs which lowered the hypervisor/socket pricing.Other Advice:Go big or go home, pick a solution, and go with it. There is no wrong way to go - whether you choose rack or blade servers depends on how you grow, and how you want to plan your future capacity.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 22, 2016
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