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Aruba 6300 / 6400 Transceiver Guide Update

Hi, 

I'm looking for confirmation of the specific transceivers that are compatible with the 6300/6400s. We are migrating a customer from legacy HP and Aruba equipment and they would like to re-purpose any compatible transceivers as the CX platform only accepts HPE/Aruba.

 

The latest document I can find is this one that stops at the 8400 and doesn't include the 6300/6400 platforms - i know they use different chip-sets so wanted to confirm.

https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/docDisplay?docId=a00028947en_us

 

Is there a newer version of this document somewhere I can reference?


Thanks


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Hi,

 

The lack of a more updated revision of the ArubaOS-Switch and ArubaOS-CXTransceiver Guide (latest edition, as you cited, was published back in January 2019...so well before the release of the new Aruba CX 6300/6400 Switch Series) suggests that your should refer only to latest HPE QuickSpecs of those new series:

 

On each QuickSpecs document, all actual supported Transceivers and DACs are listed under the "Configuration Information" chapter.

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Re: Aruba 6300 / 6400 Transceiver Guide Update

Hi 

 

Thanks for your reply!

 

I was hoping to find an equivalent that goes into the level of detail in the transceiver guide including the 4x4 part numbers. The official parts to order "as new" are indeed in the quick specs;

 

8400 quick specs as an example;

Snip from 8400 Quick SpecsSnip from 8400 Quick Specs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the transceiver guide shows some "A" versions with specific 4x4 part numbers are indeed compatible.

Snip from Jan 2019 Transceiver GuideSnip from Jan 2019 Transceiver Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully Aruba will update their transceiver guide documentation soon to include the 6300 / 6400 / 8325 platforms to this level of detail as this can have a large financial impact on refresh projects for customers especially as CX doesn't allow "unsupported 3rd party optics" so delivering news that only 1 or two specific transceivers are supported when they have chassis full of affectingly the same item is not easy.

 

Thanks again.

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Hi! I know what you mean.

 

I also have the strong suspect -a sort of fear - that taking the Aruba 8400X as an example where old Transceivers' revisions (e.g. J4858C and J9150A just to say) were left "still supported" along with new ones (respectively J4858D and J9150D)...could became a problematic expectation in near future...I mean...don't take that for granted...indeed I don't see it as a valid reason to expect - in future - that the same behaviour will be permitted on newer Switch Series (exactly like Aruba CX 6300/6400 are).

 

See what happened on Aruba 8320: it was the very first platform supporting only newer D Transceivers revision and was then followed by the Aruba 8325. Aruba 8400X was a special case IMHO.

 

Why I suspect that?

 

Because Aruba 8400 was announced before the availability of Transceivers' revision D [*] and thus Aruba was (let me to use this term) "forced" to permit the 8400 to support a mix of existing C|A|B and newer D Transceivers revisions all together. As said, the same didn't happened few months after...neither on newer Aruba 8320 nor on the younger Aruba 8325. I don't expect to see the same to happen on Aruba CX 6300/6400. That's my take...

 

Clearly, speaking about Transceivers, the D revision was declared backward compatible with C|A|B revisions.

 

[*] Transceivers C|A|B Revisions EoS 22-12-2017 while the Aruba 8400 was announced during HPE Discover (Las Vegas) in June 2017, IIRC.

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Thanks for the update. Very useful!

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I've been running J9151D 10GBASE-LR and J9281B 1m 10G DACs in a lab for while (from fs.com) and they seem to work fine. I'm planning to go in to production with these with our 6300F switches.

 

Prices for the originals are just so ridiculous that I would need to get something like at least 99% discount on the LR optics to get those on the same level as fs.com ones

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