Noob to 10Gb stuff, but think I understand the basics.
I have some wuestions regarding compatibility of the pci-e cards needed for the server and workstations, if anyone has had a bit of experience with this stuff please...
I look after a Church that does quite a bit of video production, and am looking at getting the two main workstations decent access to the Raid5 SAS array that is on the server, some 25m away in the rack.
With some help, I think I've sussed out the switch hardware, as follows...
Core/Distribution – 2x Aruba OC1950 12XGT 4SFP+ Switches, each with: 12x 10GbE RJ45 Copper Ports & 4x 10GbE SFP+ Fibre Ports. (2x SFP+ DAC Cables to form them up as an aggregated pair).
The plan from there is to use this pair to connect the two other switches, the server and the two workstations.
2x Aruba OC1850 48G 4XGT switches each with 4x 10GbE RJ45 Copper Ports & 48x 1GbE RJ45 Copper Ports (2x RJ45 10G Connections to Core - 1 to each OC1950, Link Aggregated to 20Gb).
For the server and the workstations, these dual port 10Gb pci-e adapters have been suggested, and I'm just not sure about their compatibility, never actually having used 10Gb stuff before... hoping someone might have.
SuperMicro 7048R-C1R4+ Server - 1 x StarTech PEX20000SFPI with 2x 10GbE SFP+ Ports (DAC Connected to each OC1950 using SFP+ (Link Aggregated to 20Gb).
Workstations (2) - 2x StarTech ST20000SPEXI with 2x 10GbE RJ45 Copper Ports (Cat6 connected and Link Aggregated to 20Gb, 1 Connection to each OC1950).
I've had a look at some Dell X540-T2 cards on ebay and they (while 2nd-hand) would save me about $700, but I'm not sure about compatibility. I see Intel lists Win10 drivers for their version of the card, and hope that the Dell one would accept the driver from Intel.