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 Fibre 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 Fibre 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) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel blades. Multi-chassis with inter-chassis link (ICL) ports: Up to 6,144 16 Gbps Fibre 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||Fibre 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|
|Optional features||Blades: 32- and 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (3632, 3648); 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade (3864); 64-port 16 Gbps Fibre 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 market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities with 16 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 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)
Other select operating systems
|Optional Features||SFPs; fiber 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 Fibre Channel Activation
*The Enterprise Advanced Bundle includes one license for each of the following: Fabric Watch, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitor and Trunking Activation.
IBM System Storage SAN48B-5
The IBM® System Storage® SAN48B-5 SAN switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale, private cloud storage environments by delivering 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments. Enhanced with enterprise connectivity options that add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, this switch enables greater flexibility and investment protection in an efficiently designed 1U package.
|Ports||24-, 36- and 48-port configurations (12-port increments through Ports on Demand [PoD] licenses); 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
Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server
SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
Other selected operating systems
|Optional Features||Small form-factor pluggables (SFPs); fiber optic cables; upgraded power supplies; Twelve-port Activation, FICON with CUP Activation, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitoring, Enterprise Advanced Bundle,* Extended Fabrics, Integrated Routing, ISL Trunking, SAO and Integrated 10 Gbps Fibre Channel Activation|
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 Gbps auto-sensing|
|Operating systems||IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).For the most current and complete details, refer to the product details in the|
|Optional features||Small form-factor pluggables; fiber optic cables; upgraded power supplies; Advanced Performance Monitor, Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, Extended Fabrics, 12-port Activation, Fabric Vision and the Enterprise Bundle†
Server Application Optimization and Adaptive Networking come standard with FOS v7.2 or later.
† The Enterprise Package includes one license for each of the following: Trunking Activation, Fabric Watch, Advanced Performance Monitor, Adaptive Networking, Server Application Optimization and Fabric Vision.
IBM® System Storage® SAN24B-4
A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre 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 Fibre 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 Fibre 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 Fibre Channel, 16 ports of 1/10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and 2 ports of 40-GbE|
|Link speeds||Fibre 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 Fibre Channel ports and two Ethernet Internet Protocol (IP) ports. The optional Port Activation feature activates all 16 Fibre Channel ports and all 6 IP ports.|
|Link Speeds||Up to 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) auto-sensing Fibre 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), fibre 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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