Switch Centre provides remote monitoring and management of Ethernet and converged switches from System x®. It is designed to simplify and centralise the management of your BladeCenter®, Flex System and RackSwitch™ Ethernet and converged switches.


To upgrade IBM System Networking Switch Centre from an earlier version, logon to IBM Passport Advantage: ibm.com/software/lotus/passportadvantage/ (US)

Product features

Software summary

Feature Benefits
Flex System Interconnect Fabric
VMReady® across the DC
Client-server architecture
Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) for simplified device configuration, monitoring and fault management
Integration with leading-edge enterprise management systems (such as IBM Systems Director)
Reporting of detailed asset, operational and performance information
Automated and scheduled software downloads, configuration updates/backups, switch reboots and so forth
System configurations
Supported devices For a complete list see the product documentation for Switch Centre on the System x Support Portal
Supported management server OS
Licensing tiers
Standard features
Group configuration
Device management
VMready across DC
Authentication and authorisation
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-based configuration and management
Fibre Channel (FC)
Fault management
Performance management


The program numbers to use for ordering one-year software subscription and support are:
Number of Switches US, Canada, AP and Japan Latin America and EMEA US, Canada, AP and Japan Latin America and EMEA
20 00AE226 00AE238 0349 M0JRQE
50 00AE227 00AE239 0348 M0JTQE
100 00AE228 00AE240 0345 M0JNQE
250 00AE229 00AE241 0344 M0JSQE
500 00AE230 00AE242 0347 M0JUQE
1000 00AE231 00AE243 0346 M0JPQE
The program numbers to use for ordering three-year software subscription and support are:
Number of Switches US, Canada, AP and Japan Latin America and EMEA US, Canada, AP and Japan Latin America and EMEA
20 00AE232 00AE244 0355 P0JXC1
50 00AE233 00AE245 0354 P0JZC1
100 00AE234 00AE246 0353 P0JVC1
250 00AE235 00AE247 0352 P0JYC1
500 00AE236 00AE248 0351 P0J0C1
1000 00AE237 00AE249 0350 P0JWC1

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