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Product Line: Mellanox Technologies SN2010
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The SN2010 Mellanox Technologies switch offers advanced networking capabilities, including support for 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE speeds and 64 VRFs, ensuring efficient handling of both IPv4 and IPv6 routing. With a throughput of 1.7Tb/s and a low latency of 300nsec for 100GbE port-to-port connections, it delivers exceptional performance for demanding data environments. The device is designed for energy efficiency, drawing 57W under typical load with passive cables, and supports a wide range of protocols such as BGP4, OSPFv2, and PIM-SM/SSM, making it a versatile choice for complex network setups.

Key Feature for the SN2010

  • What is Multi Chassis LAG (MLAG) and how does it support network resilience?
    MLAG allows for the connection of a device to multiple switches, creating a parallel path to increase network resilience and bandwidth availability.
  • Does the device support IGMP V2/V3 Snooping and Querier?
    Yes, it supports both IGMP V2/V3 Snooping and Querier, optimizing network efficiency by controlling multicast traffic.
  • What range of Ethernet speeds does the product offer?
    The product supports 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE speeds, accommodating a wide range of network bandwidth requirements.
  • How many Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances can be configured?
    It can configure up to 64 VRF instances, allowing for the segmentation of network routes for security and traffic management.
  • What routing protocols are supported for both IPv4 and IPv6?
    Supports IPv4 & IPv6 routing including route maps, BGP4, and OSPFv2, ensuring comprehensive routing capabilities.
  • Can the device perform Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse Mode (PIM-SM) over MLAG?
    Yes, it supports PIM-SM & PIM-SSM, including PIM-SM over MLAG, enhancing multicast traffic distribution over redundant links.
  • What is the significance of Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) in networking?
    BFD provides fast failure detection for BGP, OSPF, and static routes, improving network stability and failover times.
  • Describe the device's capabilities in handling DHCP.
    It offers DHCPv4/v6 Relay functionality, facilitating the forwarding of DHCP messages between clients and servers across different networks.
  • What are the key features of the device's Ethernet management ports?
    Features include 10/100/1000 ETH RJ45 MNG ports, supporting various management connectivity options.
  • How does the device manage shared buffer and ensure network performance?
    Utilizes shared buffer management to efficiently allocate memory, preventing packet loss and maintaining optimal network performance.

Product Review

The Mellanox Technologies SN2010 switch offers a comprehensive suite of features including Multi Chassis LAG (MLAG), support for a wide range of Ethernet speeds (10/25/40/50/56/100GbE), and extensive routing capabilities with IPv4 & IPv6, making it versatile for various network configurations. However, the device supports only 64 Virtual Routing and Forwarding instances (VRFs), which may limit scalability in large, complex environments. Its performance metrics are impressive, delivering throughput of 1.7Tb/s and low latency of 300ns for 100GbE port-to-port, positioning it as a high-performance option for data center networks, although its power consumption and physical dimensions necessitate consideration in deployment planning.


The Mellanox Technologies SN2010 switch is designed to meet the demands of modern data centers and high-performance computing environments. It provides a high-density, low-latency platform that supports a wide range of data speeds, from 10GbE to 100GbE, making it versatile for various network configurations. With a focus on efficiency and performance, the SN2010 stands out for its comprehensive feature set and hardware specifications. At the core of the SN2010's capabilities is its support for Multi Chassis LAG (MLAG), enhancing network resilience and bandwidth availability. This feature, alongside advanced Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionalities such as IGMP V2/V3, Snooping, Querier, and IPv4 & IPv6 routing including route maps, ensures the switch can handle complex network architectures. The SN2010 is equipped to support up to 64 Virtual Routing and Forwarding instances (VRFs), providing the necessary tools for virtualized network environments. The switch's routing capabilities are further extended with full support for BGP4 and OSPFv2, along with multicast routing protocols PIM-SM & PIM-SSM, including over MLAG configurations. This allows for flexible deployment scenarios across a wide range of network topologies. BFD support for BGP, OSPF, and static routes ensures fast failure detection and recovery, enhancing network reliability. For network services, the SN2010 offers DHCPv4/v6 Relay, facilitating IP address assignment across networks. Router Port, internal VLAN, and NULL Interface options for routing are also available, providing versatility in network design. The switch supports ECMP with up to 64 ways, optimizing path utilization and redundancy. The hardware specifications of the SN2010 include: - Throughput capacity of 1.7Tb/s and 1.26 billion packets per second (Bpps), ensuring high-performance packet processing. - Port-to-port latency as low as 300nsec for 100GbE, minimizing delay in data transmission. - Typical power consumption with passive cables at 57W, demonstrating energy efficiency. - An input voltage range of 100-240VAC, accommodating various power sources. - Compact dimensions of 1.72” (43.8mm) H x 7.87” (200mm) W x 20” (508mm) D and a weight of 4.54kg (10lb), allowing for flexible deployment in space-constrained environments. Key features include:
  • 10/100/1000 ETH RJ45 management ports for straightforward network management.
  • Shared buffer management, optimizing memory usage across ports.
  • QSFP+/QSFP28 optics support for both short and long-range connections, enhancing flexibility in network design.
Furthermore, the SN2010 adheres to RoHS compliance, underlining Mellanox Technologies' commitment to environmental sustainability. With support for DHCP, SSHv2, and Telnet, the switch ensures secure and manageable network operations. The combination of high throughput, low latency, and a comprehensive feature set makes the Mellanox Technologies SN2010 an ideal choice for organizations looking to deploy a high-performance, scalable, and efficient networking solution.


Item Number and CreatorMellanox Technologies SN2010
Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation Group SupportYes
Internet Group Management Protocol Versions 2 and 3Support for Snooping and Querier Functions
Ethernet Speeds Supported10/25/40/50/56/100 GbE
Virtual Routing and Forwarding Instances64
Routing CapabilitiesSupports both IPv4 and IPv6, including Route Maps
Supported Routing ProtocolsBGP4, OSPFv2
Multicast Protocols SupportPIM-SM & PIM-SSM (Including over MLAG)
Bidirectional Forwarding DetectionFor BGP, OSPF, and Static Routes
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol RelaySupports both IPv4 and IPv6
Network Interface TypesRouter Port, Internal VLAN, NULL Interface for Routing
Equal-Cost Multi-Path Routing64-Way
Management Ports10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45
Buffer ManagementShared
Network Management ProtocolsDHCP, SSHv2, Telnet
Data Throughput Capacity1.7 Terabits/sec, 1.26 Billion pps
Minimum Latency for 100GbE300 Nanoseconds Port-to-Port
Energy Consumption with Passive Cables57 Watts (ATIS Standard)
Operating Voltage100-240VAC
Physical DimensionsHeight: 43.8mm, Width: 200mm, Depth: 508mm
Device Weight4.54 Kilograms
Optical Module CompatibilityQSFP+/QSFP28 for Short and Long Haul
Regulatory ComplianceRoHS

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