Highlights

  • High performance, low latency stateless statistical load distribution system for IBM® BladeCenter® H and HT. Delivers high availability with extensive server health-check mechanisms for rapid failure detection and recovery
  • Operates in transparent Layer 2 mode or full Layer 3 mode
  • Supports IPv4 and IPv6
  • Supports advanced routing and policy-based routing for traffic steering
  • Supports flow persistency in order to maintain consistent data flows
  • Is extremely cost-effective compared to external load balancers
  • Is scalable from 1 to up to 84 servers across multiple BladeCenter chassis

Reduce complexity and costs associated with appliance sprawl by consolidating on an IBM BladeCenter platform with a high-performance, low-latency statistical load balancer integrated into a 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) blade switch: IBM iFlow Director. The IBM iFlow Director is designed to deliver high availability, scalability and lower cost of ownership for wireless gateways, security gateways, traffic management, service differentiation, lawful interception and network surveillance solutions.

Networks are changing. Voice, video, storage and data are quickly converging onto a single backbone. Growth in cloud services and Web 2.0 multimedia content is pushing bandwidth demand to the network edge. The convergence of fixed and mobile networks to a common next-generation network Interface Protocol (IP) infrastructure is driving exponential growth in network traffic. Threats due to malicious attacks are increasing, and both businesses and consumers are demanding that their service providers incorporate more defenses into the network. As a result, there is a growing demand for network appliance vendors who provide traffic inspection, bandwidth optimization, security and lawful interception services to offer gateway solutions at high-speed traffic choke points.

Product features

  • High-speed stateless statistical traffic load distribution system
  • Reduces cable clutter (no cables from the server to switch)
  • Integrates easily with third-party switches
  • Outstanding price/performance versus external switches

Hardware summary

  • Up to ten 10 Gb SFP+ ports
  • Wire-speed traffic classification and load distribution across the server blades
  • Low latency (1.6 microseconds)
  • Low power consumption (62 – 82 W)
  • Supports a wide variety of 10G SFP+ transceivers

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