IBM Flex System Networking

About IBM Flex System Fabric

IBM can help you reduce cost, complexity and risk with IBM Flex System Fabric – a portfolio of high performance networking products that can help simplify connectivity of your data and storage infrastructure. The portfolio includes support for Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and even Fibre Channel protocols. Flex System Fabric also supports extraordinary convergence of NAS, iSCSI and even FCoE where the Fibre Channel can be broken out directly in the chassis or upstream in the network. The portfolio offers easy standards-based interoperability with your existing networking environment, including Cisco, Brocade, Juniper and other networking infrastructures. Read the brochure (PDF, 639KB).

IBM Flex System Fabric products:

IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093R 10Gb Scalable Switch

This switch is designed for Ethernet networking for LAN or NAS/iSCSI storage connectivity and provides one of the lowest latency solutions in the market today. And by supporting the FCoE protocol, customers can transmit converged packets from chassis to Top-of-Rack. This switch can also be configured in “easy connect” mode making it transparent to upstream network administrators while providing the flexibility to reconfigure into Layer 2 or Layer 3 mode in the future with no additional costs. For those looking at Software Defined Networking, IBM offers industry-standard OpenFlow capabilities with the EN4093R.


IBM Flex System Fabric CN4093 10Gb Converged Scalable Switch

This switch provides exceptional flexibility and is ideal for:

1 Based on the IBM Flex System Fabric 10Gb Scalable Switch running FCoE protocol compared to HP Flex 10 and 8Gb SAN switches and adapters. IBM requires two EN4093 switch modules versus HP’s solution which requires two Flex 10 switch modules + 2 x 8Gb SAN switch modules + fourteen 8Gb HBA. Prices obtained publicly from hp.com and ibm.com, as of July 2013.

2 When compared to HP FlexFabric, customers deploying four ports will require four HP FlexFabric switch modules . IBM requires only two switch modules plus 2 upgrades. Prices obtained publicly from hp.com and ibm.com, as of September 2013.