The IBM RackSwitch™ G8000 is an Ethernet switch specifically designed for the data centre, providing a virtual, cooler and easier network solution.
The G8000 is virtual―for the first time providing rack-level virtualisation of networking interfaces for a rack full of server and storage systems―decoupling the scaling of networking and computing capacity via on-switch VMready software. VMready enables the movement of virtual machines—providing matching movement of VLAN assignments, ACLs, and other networking and security settings. VMready works with all leading VM providers (VMware, Citrix Xen, Microsoft®, etc.).
The G8000 is cooler―implementing a choice of directional cooling options to maximise data centre layout and provisioning. Its superior airflow design complements the hot-aisle and cold-aisle data centre cooling model.
The G8000 is easier―with server-oriented provisioning via point-and-click management interfaces, along with optional BLADEHarmony™ Manager for updating large groups of switches.
The IBM RackSwitch G8000 offers 48 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports and up to 4 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports in a 1U footprint. Designed with top performance in mind, the G8000 provides line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data, and large data-centre-grade buffers to keep traffic moving. Redundant power supplies and fans along with numerous high availability features mean that the G8000 is always available for business-sensitive traffic.
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