To keep pace with growing business demands, data centres are transitioning to highly virtualised, private cloud storage environments. This approach enables organisations to consolidate and simplify their IT resources, resulting in increased business agility and lower capital and operating expenses. But virtualisation is not without its challenges. Data centres must keep up with the explosive data growth and dynamic changes driven by virtualised workloads. Selecting the right network is key to realising the full benefits of these cloud-based architectures.
The IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch is designed to provide outstanding price and performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity, 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel (FC) technology and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch. The SAN24B-5 is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8 or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently designed 1U form factor. Base unit includes one (249824G/2498-X24) or two (2498-F24) integrated power supplies and fans. A second power supply provides additional redundancy for increased resiliency.