IBM BladeCenter 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module

  • Improve application availability and boost application performance
  • Future proof your data center with 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity
  • Enhance application security with network virtualization
  • Simplify server deployment and management

The world is changing. The increase in adoption of virtualization, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), the growth of online education and gaming, and the amount of time consumers and businesses are spending on the web indicate the need for servers with more processing power, bigger and faster data pipes, and countermeasures for skyrocketing energy costs.

While 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) has been available for a few years, recently it has moved to the top of IT department’s list as a technology to consider. Many IT departments today, large and small, are assessing when and where 10 GbE makes sense for them. Some have specific applications that can benefit from 10 GbE. Others are investigating how 10 GbE can help them with their virtualization strategies. Many storage administrators consider 10 GbE to be the true convergence fabric. Storage administrators are actively working on converging networking and storage fabrics into 10 GbE. There are many more reasons why IT departments are looking at 10 GbE, such as lower energy consumption, lower price and less complexity. It is no longer a matter of whether moving to 10 GbE makes sense, but when it should be done.

To address evolving networks, IBM System Networking offers a leadership product for the IBM® BladeCenter® portfolio that helps meet the demand of networks in transition like no other switch in the blade market: the IBM BladeCenter 1/10G Uplink Ethernet Switch Module.

Product features

  • Includes six 1 GbE and three 10 GbE uplinks for unmatched upstream bandwidth
  • Supported in all five BladeCenter chassis.
  • Designed for extremely low power consumption
  • Full Ethernet Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing functionality comes standard
  • VMready software helps simplify management, increase availability and security in a virtualized environment
  • IPv6 support
  • A fraction of the price of the competition

Hardware summary

  • Six 1 Gb RJ45 ports
  • Three 10 Gb SFP+ (Requires Optional SFP+ Transceiver or direct attach copper cable)
  • 100 Gbps throughput
  • Low power: only 40 watts per switch
  • Up to eight switches in a stack

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