SAN fabric

Simple, affordable fabric switches and high availability Enterprise SAN Directors

IBM System Networking SAN96B-5


SAN96B-5 is a high-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storage area network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide a highly resilient, scalable and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) technology and capabilities with 16 gigabit per second (Gbps) performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualised private and hybrid cloud storage environments.


Ports 48-, 72- and 96-port configurations (24-port increments through Ports on Demand (POD) licenses); universal (E, F, M, D, EX) ports
Link Speeds Auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8 or 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed
Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows® 2008, Windows 2012 Red Hat Linux®, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) IBM AIX Other select operating systems
Optional Features SFPs; fibre optic cables; upgraded power supplies; 24-port Activation, Advanced Performance Monitor, Enterprise Advanced Bundle*, Fabric Watch, Extended Fabrics, Integrated Routing, Trunking Activation, Integrated 10 Gbps FC Activation


IBM System Storage SAN80B-4


A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The SAN80B-4 supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualisation with virtual data paths across a single FC link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.


Ports 48, 64 and 80 ports with "Ports on Demand" scalability
Link Speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, Unix®, Linux®, NetWare and z/OS®

IBM System Storage SAN40B-4


A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switch which enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The SAN40B-4 supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualisation with virtual data paths across a single FC link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.


Ports 24, 32 and 40 ports with "Ports on Demand" scalability
Link Speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, UNIX®, Linux®, NetWare and z/OS®

IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch


IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch


Cisco MDS 9148 for IBM System Storage


The Cisco MDS 9148 for IBM System Storage Multilayer Fabric Switch (2417-C48) is designed to provide an affordable, highly capable and scalable storage networking solution for small, midrange and large enterprise customers. It can be used as part of Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions from simple single-switch configurations to larger multiswitch configurations in support of fabric connectivity and advanced business continuity capabilities.


Ports 16, 24, 32, 40 and 48 ports
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps)
Servers IBM System x servers Other Intel® processor-based servers IBM System p servers IBM System i servers Selected Sun and HP servers

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