The DynamiX QSATM family of port adapters is the answer to many Data Center professional’s prayers because it resolves the systems linking issues between different line rates and different form-factors used in switches and network adapters such as SFP and QSFP. In addition, it is inexpensive and a life saver in many system upgrade applications.
The trend for faster line rates and new MSA form-factors continues to expand. The market is flooded with a jumble of buzz-words and products that are loaded with specific technical booby traps. In addition, mistakes are becoming very expensive. Systems designers are discovering that the variety and flavors of interconnect products is increasing exponentially. This is all causing IT professionals an increasing amount of irritation and no small amount of confusion as they try to align all these elements, especially when attempting to seamlessly upgrade to new equipment while still supporting legacy systems.
Switch and network adapters are currently offered in QSFP+, QSFP28 and SFP+ and SFP28 form-factors and based on 1G, 10G, or 25G-per-line rates. So, IT managers can easily find themselves with a 25G QSFP-based system and 10G-per-line SFP-based network adapter yet have no clue how to link them up. Different line rates and different form-factors present a challenge but FYI, the answer is: DynamiX QSATM port adapters.
The DynamiX QSATM family of port adapters is designed, patented and manufactured by Mellanox. The adapter fits into a QSFP 4-channel port in a switch or network adapter and accepts a SFP-based device inserted in the adapter end. This enables passing through a single-channel to the SFP-based device inserted into a larger QSFP port. The faster speed devices are backwards compatible with the slower line speed devices such as:
The new DynamiX QSATM QSA28 model sports a black, low mass, small-profile, easy-pull tab that is becoming more and more popular in very crowded data center racks. The low-mass, loop design enables more free airflow through the crowded systems and does not flap-in-the-wind as with larger tabs.
In high-density system racks, one can visualize over 100 cable ends and transceivers tabs flapping in the wind. Besides the restriction in air flow, the larger tabs also create a lot of noise and eventually reliability issues. The tiny, looped design eliminates these factors
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Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of optical transceivers and high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems. Mellanox offers a full line of 10G to 200Gb/s cables and transceivers for hyperscale, enterprise, telecom and storage datacenter applications for Ethernet and InfiniBand protocols.