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).

Flex System Fabric products:

Flex System Fabric EN4093R 10 Gb Scalable Switch

Provides unmatched Ethernet scalability and performance, while delivering innovations to help address a number of networking concerns today and providing capabilities that will better prepare companies for the future.



Flex System Fabric CN4093 10 Gb Converged Scalable Switch

Provides unsurpassed convergence flexibility, scalability and performance, while delivering networking innovations to help clients address today’s converged networking requirement and their potential future needs.



1 Based on the 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.

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