IBM System Storage SAN b-type family

IBM System Storage SAN b-type family provides entry and midrange switches and enterprise directors


IBM® System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2


IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fiber Channel switching infrastructure offerings, providing reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for private or hybrid cloud storage and highly virtualized environments. These fabric backbones have been enhanced with enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a highly reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM System z® servers.

Designed to increase business agility while providing nonstop access to information and reducing both infrastructure and administrative costs, the SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones with Gen 5 Fiber Channel technology and 16 Gbps performance deliver a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable and high-performance technology. This enables organizations to continue leveraging their existing IT investments as they grow their businesses and solve their most difficult business challenges.

Ports Single chassis: Up to 512 (SAN768B-2) or 256 (SAN384B-2) 16 Gbps universal (E, F, D, M and EX) Fiber Channel ports using 64-port 16 Gbps Fiber Channel blades. Multi-chassis with inter-chassis link (ICL) ports: Up to 6,144 16 Gbps Fiber Channel ports; UltraScale ICL ports (32 or 16 per chassis, optical quad small form-factor pluggables [QSFPs]) connecting up to nine b-type SAN768B-2/SAN384B-2 chassis in a full-mesh topology or up to 12 chassis in a core-edge topology.
Deploying four or more chassis with UltraScale ICL connections within a fabric requires an Enterprise ICL license.
Link speeds Fiber Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Operating systems
Optional features Blades: 32- and 48-port 16 Gbps Fiber Channel switch blades (3632, 3648); 64-port 8 Gbps Fiber Channel switch blade (3864); 64-port 16 Gbps Fiber Channel switch blade (3664); FCoE 10GbE 24-port blade (3880)*; 22-port 8 Gbps and 2-port 10 Gbps Enhanced extension blade (3891)
Licenses: Inter-chassis, FICON with control unit port (CUP) activation, Advanced extension activation, Extension blade 10 GbE activation, FICON Accelerator activation, Integrated routing and Enterprise ICL
Other: SFPs, fiber optic cables, upgraded power supplies
* FCoE blade only available for IBM System Storage SAN768B-2



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 leading-edge Gen 5 Fiber Channel (FC) technology and capabilities with 16 Gigabits per second (Gbps) performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualized 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 Please refer to the SAN96B-5 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features



IBM System Storage SAN48B-5

The IBM System Storage SAN48B-5 switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale private or hybrid cloud storage environments by delivering Gen 5 Fiber Channel (FC) technology and capabilities with 16 Gigabits per second (Gbps) performance that support highly virtualized environments.

Ports 24-, 36- and 48-port configurations through 12-port activation upgrades; universal (E, F, M, D, EX) ports
Link speeds Autosensing 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 selected operating systems
Optional Features Please refer to the SAN48B-5 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features



IBM® System Networking SAN24B-5


The IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch provides outstanding price to performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.

Ports 12 and 24 ports with ‘ports-on-demand’ scalability
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gigabits per second (Gbps) auto-sensing
Operating systems For the most current and complete details, refer to the product details in the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).
Optional features Please refer to the SAN24B-5 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features


IBM® System Storage® SAN24B-4


A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fiber Channel storage area network (SAN) switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. SAN24B-4 supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualization with virtual data paths across a single Fiber Channel link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.

Ports 8, 16 and 24 ports with Ports on Demand scalability
Link speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM AIX® and IBM OS/400®

IBM® System Storage® SAN42B-R extension switch


SAN42B-R is designed to address the most demanding disaster-recovery requirements. It helps maximize application performance over WAN links with up to twenty-four 16 Gbps Fiber Channel ports. In addition, this enterprise-class extension switch offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with capacity-on-demand upgrades.

Ports 24 port of 16-Gbps Fiber Channel, 16 ports of 1/10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and 2 ports of 40-GbE
Link speeds Fiber Channel port speed: 2/4/8/16-Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable
FCIP Ethernet interfaces port speed: 1/10 GbE, and 40 GbE
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features Integrated Routing (7407), FICON with CUP Activation (7409), FICON Advanced Accelerator (7417), 10Gbps LAN Rate Upgrade (7418), Max LAN Rate Upgrade (7419)



IBM System Storage SAN06B-R multiprotocol router

An entry-level multiprotocol extension router designed to connect two Storage Area Networks (SANs) over a wide distance using the Internet as the interconnection fabric (upgrades to enterprise-level functions are available). Intended to support business continuity solutions between supported servers at one site and support servers or IBM® System Storage disk or tape devices at a distant location

Ports Base system provides four active Fiber Channel ports and two Ethernet Internet Protocol (IP) ports. The optional Port Activation feature activates all 16 Fiber Channel ports and all 6 IP ports.
Link Speeds Up to 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) auto-sensing Fiber Channel and up to 1 Gbps Ethernet (GbE).
Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, UNIX®, Linux®, OS/400® and z/OS®
Optional features Optical and copper transceivers (SFPs), fiber optic cables, 8 Gbps Advanced Extension, Advanced Performance Monitor, Advanced Networking, Enterprise Bundle, Extended Fabric, Fabric Watch, FICON® with CUP, Firmware Upgrade Renewal, High-Performance Extension, Integrated Routing, Port Activation, Trunking Activation, country-specific power cords



IBM® Network Advisor

IBM Network Advisor provides an end-to-end management experience designed to simplify daily operations while improving performance and reliability. It also provides proactive performance analysis and troubleshooting capabilities across storage area networks (SANs) through its integration with Fabric Vision technology.

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