Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for IBM Flex System

Highlights

In the highly-competitive, constrained economy most every company faces, they 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 IBM Flex System offers choice for clients who require Cisco connectivity for the Flex System Chassis.

 

With the addition of the Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for IBM Flex System to the IBM portfolio, companies relying on a Cisco-only Unified Fabric network topology are now free to choose IBM 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 IBM 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 IBM Flex System chassis. Aggregates network connections of all IBM Flex System nodes to upstream Cisco Nexus Switch. Adds new options for Cisco-centric networking organizations

Hardware summary

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Technology

Feature Benefits
Seamless interoperability with Cisco Nexus environment
Simplified networking and operations
Simplified software maintenance
Investment protection
Description Provides an extension of the Cisco Nexus fabric to IBM 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 Fibre
Copper
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 3.2kg/7.05lbs
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

Systems

IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.

Storage

Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.

Networking

The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today’s flat, converged data centre network designs.

Software

IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

Integrated solutions

The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won’t be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

Systems-related services

IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.