IBM Flex System Networking

Fibre Channel is the dominant choice for storage connectivity today. Supporting a range of technologies and performance levels, the IBM Flex System Fibre Channel portfolio of switches and adapters offer both 8Gb and 16Gb SAN connectivity for seamless integration with your SAN environment.


Fibre Channel switch modules

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IBM Flex System FC5022 8/16Gb SAN Scalable Switch

Meet the demands of hyper-scale, private cloud networked storage environments with market-leading 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology as well as expert optimized, automated and integrated capabilities. The switch is designed to support highly virtualized computing and Storage Area Network (SAN) environments with high performance, reliability and usability. The IBM Flex System FC5022 SAN Scalable Switch is available as 12-port base model, 24-port model and 24-port model with Enterprise Service License.

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IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch

Provides an integrated, simple connection to existing SAN fabrics and storage. Based on QLogic’s proven Fibre Channel expertise. The switch is designed to set up quickly and be easy to manage. Minimize time and risk and support faster access to your data faster and quicker and better business decisions.

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Fibre Channel adapters

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IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Works with any of the 8 Gb or 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules. When compared to the previous-generation 8 Gb adapters, the new generation 16 Gb adapters double throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, it is possible to manage increased amounts of data.

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IBM Flex System FC5024D 4-port 16 Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Enables high-speed access for the IBM Flex System x222 compute node to the external SAN. Offers end-to-end 16 Gb connectivity to your SAN. It can auto-negotiate, and also work at 8 Gb and 4 Gb speeds. It has enhanced features like N-port trunking.

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IBM Flex System FC5022 2-port 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Enables high-speed access for Flex System compute nodes to external Storage area network (SAN). Offers end-to-end 16 Gb connectivity to your SAN. It can auto-negotiate, and also work at 8 Gb and 4 Gb speeds. It has enhanced features like N-port trunking, as well as increased encryption for security.

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IBM Flex System FC3052 2-port 8Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Works with any of the 8 Gb or 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules. When compared to the previous-generation 4 Gb adapters, the new generation 8 Gb adapters double throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result, it is possible to manage increased amounts of data.

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IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

Works with any of the 8 Gb or 16 Gb Flex System Fibre Channel switch modules. When compared to the previous generation of 4 Gb adapters, the new 8 Gb adapters double the throughput speeds for Fibre Channel traffic. As a result it is possible to manage increased amounts of data.

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