Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for IBM Flex System


Best Choices

In today’s highly-competitive, constrained economy most companies need the flexibility to pick and choose the best combination of compute, storage, networking and management options to achieve the organization's IT goals. When resource choices of the data center (DC) are limited, IT often cannot choose the best equipment to meet their requirements. In certain environments, a company's corporate IT policy may require specific branded items for all network connectivity. The Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for Flex System offers choice for clients who require Cisco connectivity for the Lenovo® Flex System Chassis.

With the addition of the Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for Flex System, companies relying on a Cisco-only Unified Fabric network topology are now free to choose Lenovo Flex System server and storage configurations that are the best choice for the workloads you need to run. You can get the extraordinary choice and flexibility of Flex System compute power, storage capability and networking solutions in a next-generation chassis that is designed for the next decade of DC technologies.

Product features

Provides an extension of the Cisco Nexus fabric to the Lenovo Flex System chassis. Aggregates network connections of all Lenovo Flex System compute nodes to upstream Cisco Nexus Switch. Adds new options for Cisco-centric networking organizations

Hardware summary



Feature Benefits
Easy interoperability with Cisco Nexus environment
Simplified networking and operations
Simplified software maintenance
Investment protection
Description Provides an extension of the Cisco Nexus fabric to Flex System chassis
Interfaces 14 internal 1Gb/10Gb Ethernet/FCoE ports
8 external Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) 10Gb ports
External interface transceiver supported Fabric Extender Transceivers:
10Gbase-SR optic
10Gbase-LR optic
Fabric extender fabric interfaces type Fiber
Copper breakout cables
Top of rack switches supported Cisco Nexus 5548
Cisco Nexus 5596
Cisco Nexus 6000
Dimensions Height: 30 mm/1.18 in.
Width: 401.6 mm/15.81 in.
Depth: 297 mm/11.69 in.
Weight 3.2 kg/7.05 lbs
Power 65W maximum
Warranty Takes on the warranty of the chassis (next business day replacement with phone support and software upgrades)
Fabric Extender Transceivers included 16

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Lenovo acquires IBM x86 systems

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