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).
Reduced costs – Over 50 percent savings (compared to traditional network setup) using built-in convergence and Virtual Fabric technology.1
Reduced complexity – Virtualize your data or storage connections at the server edge for easy provisioning and setup. Plus make your network virtual machine aware with IBM VMready®.
Reduced risk – Deploy for the future, pay for only what you need today – easy scalability reduces risk and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by almost 14 percent over competitive offerings.2
Increase flexibility – IBM Features on Demand and flexible port mapping offer the ability to reassign ports both internal and external, based on license entitlement, or easily add additional ports with a simple license upgrade
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.