IBM Flex System Interconnect Fabric

Network architecture Transparent Layer 2 fabric; end-host connectivity
loop free and spanning tree-free design
Management Single point of management by primary top-of-rack G8264CS
Availability Zero downtime; no maintenance window required for software upgrades
Resiliency Sub 400 microsecond Layer 2 failover
Hotlink support
Converged fabric Multi-Hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and FC uplink from point of delivery
Scalability Up to nine Flex System chasssis, 252* compute nodes and 20 network devices (two G8264CS top-of-rack switches and 18 SI4093 switches)
Virtualization VMready®, UFP support
Multi-tenant support VLAN isolation, Q-in-Q
Traffic optimization Local preference for unicast traffic
POD storage Supports internal IBM Flex System V7000 or external storage
Solution components IBM RackSwitch G8264CS

IBM Flex System SI4093 Interconnect Module

IBM Switch Center

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