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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 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

Cisco MDS 9148 for 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 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 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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