[rescue] Switch Recommendations

Shawn Wallbridge shawn at synack-hosting.com
Sun Nov 28 15:01:51 CST 2004

The performance difference with Jumbo frames really depends on your 

If all your machine do jumbo frames, and you have them all on GigE, 
sure you will see an improvement, but in our case where we have 6 file 
servers on GigE (that can do JF) serving 200 clients on 100Mb, it made 
no difference. The Switch was fragmenting the packets down to 1500 for 
the clients, so it was actually slower (IIRC) than non Jumbo frames. 
This was all with an Extreme Networks Black Diamond 6808 switch (est. 
retail $120k).


On 28-Nov-04, at 2:20 PM, Rox wrote:

> On 28 Nov 2004 at 14:06, Bill Bradford wrote:
>> It's worked great for us (under heavy use in some linux cluster
>> situations).
> AFAIK none of the Netgear switches handle jumbo frames, and personally
> I wouldn't consider investing in a gigabit switch that was limited to
> standard ethernet frame size. The difference in throughput is
> significant. Unless you already have a substantial number of gigabit
> NICs that don't support jumbo frames either, of course. My 2c worth :)
> -- 
>   Regards
>   -/ Rox /-    <sunmuseum.org>
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