I have more hosts than I can easily string together with ad hoc connections. I’ve been thinking about getting the Unifi XG-16, but then I saw the 20 port Fugitsu XG2000R. When they came out in 2006 they were $18,000, but now they’re $180. The Unifi switch is more power efficient, but I think I can run this for 3-4 years before I make up the price difference. And that is assuming worst case senario where this draws 100w more.
I case you’re wondering XFP is fiber only, no DAC option. As long as the modules are the same wave length, i.e. 850mn, they have no problems talking to SFP+. I picked up 10 of the XFP modules for $41, so I can’t really complain about the cost.
I think I’m going to start by just using this switch for my storage network. A new ISP to the area is supposed to start installing fiber this spring. Maybe after I have fiber I might try doing some fiber runs in the house, we’ll see.