SAN fabric

Simple, affordable fabric switches and high availability Enterprise SAN Directors

IBM System Networking SAN96B-5


SAN96B-5 is a high-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storage area network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide a highly resilient, scalable and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) technology and capabilities with 16 gigabit per second (Gbps) performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualised private and hybrid cloud storage environments.


Ports 48-, 72- and 96-port configurations (24-port increments through Ports on Demand (POD) licenses); universal (E, F, M, D, EX) ports
Link Speeds Auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8 or 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows® 2008, Windows 2012 Red Hat Linux®, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) IBM AIX Other select operating systems
Optional Features SFPs; fibre optic cables; upgraded power supplies; 24-port Activation, Advanced Performance Monitor, Enterprise Advanced Bundle*, Fabric Watch, Extended Fabrics, Integrated Routing, Trunking Activation, Integrated 10 Gbps FC Activation


Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage

Next generation of the highly reliable, flexible and low-cost Cisco MDS 9100 Series switches. Combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost effectiveness in a one rack-unit (1RU) switch.

Ports 48 ports of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for each port
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features MDS 9100 Enterprise Package (7210), MDS 9100 DCNM Advanced Edition (7211) and MDS 9148S 12-port On-Demand activation (7212)

Cisco MDS 9148 for IBM System Storage


The Cisco MDS 9148 for IBM System Storage Multilayer Fabric Switch (2417-C48) is designed to provide an affordable, highly capable and scalable storage networking solution for small, midrange and large enterprise customers. It can be used as part of Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions from simple single-switch configurations to larger multiswitch configurations in support of fabric connectivity and advanced business continuity capabilities.


Ports 16, 24, 32, 40 and 48 ports
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps)
Servers IBM System x servers Other Intel® processor-based servers IBM System p servers IBM System i servers Selected Sun and HP servers

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