16-Port QSFP+ Front Cards in a QFX3008-I Interconnect Device
The 16-port QSFP+ front cards installed in the QFX3008-I Interconnect device provide the first and last stage of switch fabric functionality in a QFX3000 QFabric system. See Figure 1.
A QFX3008-I Interconnect device can have up to eight front cards. All eight front cards are fully connected to all eight rear cards. The impact of a front card failure on the performance of an QFX3000 QFabric system varies based on how your Node devices are connected to the QFX3008-I Interconnect device and the traffic mix flowing through them. See Understanding Redundancy of QFX3008-I Interconnect Device Components and Functionality.
The 16-port QSFP+ front cards are installed in the front of
the chassis in the slots labeled
7. See Slot Numbering for a QFX3008-I Interconnect Device.
The 16-port QSFP+ front cards are hot-insertable and hot-removable field-replaceable units (FRUs). However, you must take the front cards offline before removing them. See Taking a 16-Port QSFP+ Front Card Offline in a QFX3008-I Interconnect Device.
Each 16-port QSFP+ front card has these components:
LEDs—Indicate port and system status. See 16-Port QSFP+ Front Card LEDs on a QFX3008-I Interconnect Device.
16 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports—Connect to the Node devices in your QFX3000-G QFabric system for data path connectivity.
Ejector levers—Used for installing and removing the front card.