The IBM System Networking RackSwitch™ G8000 is an Ethernet switch specifically designed for the data center, providing a virtualized, cooler and simpler network solution.
The G8000 is virtualized—for the first time providing rack-level virtualization 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.
The G8000 is cooler—implementing a choice of directional cooling options to maximize data center layout and provisioning. Its superior airflow design complements the hot-aisle and cold-aisle data center cooling model.
The G8000 is easier—with server-oriented provisioning via point-and-click management interfaces, along with optional IBM System Networking Switch Center for updating large groups of switches.
The IBM RackSwitch G8000 offers 48 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and up to 4 x 10 GbE ports in a 1U footprint. Redundant power supplies and fans, along with numerous high-availability features, mean that the G8000 is always available for business-sensitive traffic.