A whole building just for you? Thats not fair
We are having a building constructed which will contain only my office, my technicians office and a server room, basically to keep all of the network management away from the rest of the school and to allow us to come in at a weekend with more ease etc. The easiest way that I can think of to move the servers over involves the use of Gigabit Fibre NIC's. We have some of these already in our servers but would require four more. Does anybody have any idea where we can get these fairly cheaply. I know that they are likely to be an expensive item but all the quotes I have had have been horrendous. They will also need to be PCI rather than PCI-X.
A whole building just for you? Thats not fair
They're being tight about it though - we've been told we have to have either the Billiards Room OR the Marble Flooring. Joking of course, it's our own building but that doens't mean it's going to be the height of luxury by any stretch of the imagination. I'm quite against it from the point of view will mean getting soaked in bad weather walking to and from the main site.
Will it Not be cheaper to run the Fiber to a decent switch with Fiber capability and a good Cat 6 link to the servers? Maybe trunking ports and teaming NICs if you require more bandwidth. This ofc depends on what you servers have inside them
I would agree with Chris, Thats what I would have done, get a good Gig Fibre link from the preset backbone area to your new garden shed and stick it in a top quality switch and get teamed Gig server cards into it and go from there.
The only problem with that is the fact then I only have a gig link between my backbone and my servers. Whereas running a fibre between the backbone and each of the servers gives each of them a gig link to the backbone?
Do your serves not have Gig cards in them? Surely you could just put normal copper gig cards in the servers, run them to a good gig switch in your new home, and run that with a couple of nice fibre connections back to the rest of your network switches?
Or is my brain just too fried and i've missed something here.
Aye were talking about gigabit over copper and your switch would have multiple fibre connections and Gigabit ethernet ports. Something like a HP Procurve 2824.
Literally the only floor with that is distance. It will be quite a way to the new building plus another switch between the servers and the backbone I would prefer to avoid if at all possible. Maybe i'm over thinking this?
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What specifics are you looking for in a card?
Both of those look ideal and for much cheaper than I have found - spefics wise, just a PCI Gigabit Fibre NIC. Nothing much to be specific about apart from PCI and not PCI-X as some of my servers don't have this.
Any specifics on the type of fibre or connections SC etc...?
Pass - sorry not really done anything with fibre before and everytime I think i'm talking about the right thing it's the opposite. Is there a defined way of telling the difference between the different sort of terminators on the backbone?
Well you would use fibre patch leads to terminate between different connectors from your fibre nics to the fibre termination panel anyway.
I presume you would want them to be the same type as the exisiting ones?
If you are so unsure of what you require have a word with the guys that installed the fibre.
Maybe a little diagram of the segment of the network. With distance between Wendy house and School building.
Im not quite sure on what you've got? Single pair fibre to school? Or a few? You could always trunk your fibres aswell then use the switch method, which i prefer as it allows as many servers as you like to connect without any extra costs ie New NICs, extra fibres, fibre patches etc.
Depending on distance you can now get 4-10Gb fibre and 10gb copper so i wouldnt be too worried about having loads of fibres for bandwidth - there are plenty of options out there, its just choosing the best VFM and future proof.
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