The IBM Ethernet Switch J48E is designed to combine the high availability and carrier-class reliability of modular systems with the economics and flexibility of stackable platforms, thereby providing a high-performance, scalable solution for data center top-of-rack and end-of-row applications.
Offering a full suite of Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching capabilities as part of the base software, the IBM Ethernet Switch J48E can also satisfy a variety of high-performance branch and campus deployments. A single 48-port switch can be deployed initially; as requirements grow, integrated “Virtual Chassis” technology allows up to 10 switches to be interconnected over a 128 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) backplane and managed as a single device. This capability delivers a scalable, pay-as-you-grow solution for supporting escalating customer requirements. Optional Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) uplink modules enable high-speed connectivity to aggregation- or core-layer switches.