Whether SmartIO cards have licenses restricting protocol switching and whether the onsite optical module must be replaced


The SmartIO card has no license restriction on protocol switching. The optical module of the corresponding protocol needs to be replaced on site. You must choose one from the 16 Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 10GE optical modules to match the protocol. The protocol type is set before delivery.

Other related questions:
Protocols supported by a SmartIO card
SmartIO card supports 8 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 16 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 10 Gbit/s FCoE, 10GE, and iWARP. However, Fibre Channel cannot co-work with FCoE or 10GE on the same card.

Other manufacturers in the industry that also have the multi-protocol function of SmartIO cards
Currently, NetApp can support the multi-protocol function. They use specific QLogic chips on their two-port cards. Huawei four-port SmartIO converged cards use the chip developed by Huawei.

Whether an OTU board supports optical module replacement with an optical module of another wavelength
For OTU boards supporting pluggable SFP optical modules, the wavelength information depends on the optical modules, and therefore their optical modules can be replaced with optical modules of other wavelengths.

Are CE series switches required to use matching power modules
CE series switches must use matching power modules. Using unmatched power modules may cause unexpected risks. The chassis and power modules adopt foolproof designs to prevent misuse of power modules. For the mapping between CloudEngine chassis models and power modules, see the "Power Module" section in the Hardware Description.

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