SFP Cost Variation

Mike Hale eyeronic.design at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 20:06:27 UTC 2016

You also run into some quality issues on third party ones, so be aware
and plan for it.  I've had maybe one Cisco-branded SFP go bad that I
can think, but I've got a crap ton of Axiom branded ones that were
bad.  Twinax ones were even worse...I got maybe two or three inserts
out of a significant fraction of them before they broke.  I've had
great luck with Curvature SFPs.

On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 11:38 AM, Jörg Kost <jk at ip-clear.de> wrote:
> Its all about support under warranty.
> CDW is selling the original Brocade SFP. The amazon links only shows a
> compatible one. In most cases it will work, but if that tiny metal piece
> will break your freshly installed 20-x2 linecard, Brocade may not replace
> it. Also some of the cheaper optics may not support monitoring or diagnostic
> options.
> You can also check the second market for an used original optic, if you want
> to save some budget.
> Jörg
> On 9 Mar 2016, at 19:59, Nicholas Warren wrote:
>> Quick question for the experts.
>> Why when looking at SFPs, some sites list them as $800 when the same part
>> number can be found on places like amazon for $30-$40. What is the
>> difference in them? Why would I buy them from a place like CDW with what
>> appears to be a 2,000% markup.
>> https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Brocade-SFP-mini-GBIC-transceiver-module-G
>> igabit-Ethernet/1411743.aspx
>> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076Q1CTY
>> Thanks,
>> Nich

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