What's involved with moving from MDS 9124 to MDS 9148S switches?
My current 9124 switches are EOL in 2019 and I'm looking at what it will take to move my existing fabrics to new switches. My existing switches were provided through Hitachi Data Systems, which has not verified any version of NX-OS beyond 5.0(8).
My primary question: Will there be any compatibility issues in migrating the necessary information between the old and new switches?
Will I need to upgrade the 9124's to a newer version of NS-OX before I can migrate the configurations? I assume a new 9148 will be using NS-OX 8.
The second question may or may not be appropriate for the forums, so if if not, please ignore it.
There is a tremendous difference in the cost of a 9148S that comes with twelve activated ports and twelve 16Gb SFP's when compared to the cost of the same switch without the SFP's.
The prices I've found for the 1st configuration (P/N:DS-C9148S-D12PSK9) are in the neighborhood of $6500.
The same switch without the SFP's (P/N: DS-C9148S-12PK9) can be found for about $2000. The SFP's (P/N:DS-SFP-FC16G-SW) are about $140 apiece, or about $1900 for a dozen. That's close to $1300 difference with no discernible difference between the two configurations. Am I missing something here?
My biggest concern about the document is a statement on the page you reference:
Restore a switch configuration only to a switch with the same firmware version used to create the switch configuration. If an upgrade is required, first restore the configuration then upgrade the firmware.
Yes I know the document is very old; however I believe there is no updated version. FC is a old technology, and feature wise very static and conservative; yes, speed is getting increased. Compare this with Ethernet which is a very dynamic (new features) protocol.
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