SAN fabric

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 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)
IBM AIX®
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 SAN80B-4


A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The SAN80B-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 FC link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.

Ports 48, 64 and 80 ports with “Ports on Demand” scalability
Link speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, Unix®, Linux®, NetWare and z/OS®

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, or 48 ports with “Ports on Demand” scalability
Link speeds Auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed.
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, Linux® and other operating systems

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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