IBM System Storage SAN b-type family

IBM System Storage SAN b-type family provides entry and midrange switches and enterprise directors


IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2

IBM System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for mission-critical storage. These fabric backbones also deliver enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM System z® servers.

Designed to increase business agility while providing nonstop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs, SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 Gen 5 Fibre Channel fabric backbones deliver a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable, high-performance technology.

Ports Single chassis: Up to 384 (SAN768B-2) or 192 (SAN384B-2) 16 Gbps universal (E, F, D, M, and EX) Fibre Channel ports using up to eight 32-, or 48-port Fibre Channel blades. Up to 512 (SAN768B-2) or 256 (SAN384B-2) 8 Gbps universal (E, F, M, and EX) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel blades.
Multi-chassis with ICL ports: Up to 3840×16 Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports (using 16 Gbps 48-port blades); up to 5120×8 Gbps universal Fibre Channel ports (using 8 Gbps 64-port blades); ICL ports (32 or 16 per chassis, optical QSFP) connected up to nine b-type SAN768B-2/SAN384B-2 chassis in a full-mesh topology or up to 10 chassis in a core-edge topology. Deploying five or more chassis with ICL connections within a fabric requires an Enterprise ICL license.
Link Speeds Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8, and 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 selected operating systems
Optional Features Blades: 32- and 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (Fibre Channel #3632, 3648); 32- and 48-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (Fibre Channel #3633, 3649); 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade (Fibre Channel #3864); 22-port 8 Gbps Extension blade (Fibre Channel #3890); 22-port 8 Gbps + 2-port 10 Gbps Enhanced Extension blade (Fibre Channel #3891);8 Gbps Encryption blade (Fibre Channel # 3895).
Licenses: Inter-chassis, FICON with CUP activation, Advanced Extension activation, Extension blade 10 GbE activation, FICON Accelerator activation, Encryption 96 Gbps disk performance upgrade activation, Integrated Routing and Enterprise ICL. Other: SFPs; fiber optic cables; upgrade power supplies



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 technology and capabilities with 16 Gbps performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud storage environments.

Ports 48-, 72- and 96-port configurations (24-port increments through Ports on Demand 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; fiber 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 Fibre Channel Activation

*The Enterprise Advanced Bundle includes one license for each of the following: Fabric Watch, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitor and Trunking Activation.



IBM System Storage SAN48B-5

The IBM® System Storage® SAN48B-5 SAN switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale, private cloud storage environments by delivering 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments. Enhanced with enterprise connectivity options that add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, this switch enables greater flexibility and investment protection in an efficiently designed 1U package.

Ports 24-, 36- and 48-port configurations (12-port increments through Ports on Demand [PoD] licenses); universal (E, F, M, D, EX) ports
Link speeds Autosensing 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 selected operating systems
Optional Features Small form-factor pluggables (SFPs); fiber optic cables; upgraded power supplies; Twelve-port Activation, FICON with CUP Activation, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitoring, Enterprise Advanced Bundle,* Extended Fabrics, Integrated Routing, ISL Trunking, SAO and Integrated 10 Gbps Fibre Channel Activation



IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch

The IBM System Storage® SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch is a high-performance hardware device that delivers fabric-based encryption services to secure data for both disk and tape. It is tightly integrated with TKLM and provides scalable performance of on-demand encryption and compression processing power.

Ports 32-port auto-sensing 8 Gbps Fiber Channel active ports
Link Speeds 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps autosensing
Operating Systems IBM AIX®, Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux® and other selected operating systems
Optional Features Encryption 96 Gbps Disk Performance Upgrade Activation, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitor, E32 Enterprise Package**, Trunking Activation, Integrated Routing



IBM® System Networking SAN24B-5


The IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch provides outstanding price to performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.

Ports 12 and 24 ports with “ports-on-demand” scalability
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems For the most current and complete details, refer to the product details in the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC).
Optional features Small form-factor pluggables; fiber optic cables; upgraded power supplies; Advanced Performance Monitor, Fabric Watch, ISL Trunking, Extended Fabrics, 12-port Activation, Fabric Vision and the Enterprise Bundle

Server Application Optimization and Adaptive Networking come standard with FOS v7.2 or later.

The Enterprise Package includes one license for each of the following: Trunking Activation, Fabric Watch, Advanced Performance Monitor, Adaptive Networking, Server Application Optimization and Fabric Vision.



IBM® System Storage® SAN24B-4 Express

A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. SAN24B-4 supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualization with virtual data paths across a single Fibre Channel link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.

Ports 8, 16 and 24 ports with Ports on Demand scalability
Link speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft Windows, Linux, IBM AIX®



IBM System Storage SAN06B-R multiprotocol router

An entry-level multiprotocol extension router designed to connect two Storage Area Networks (SANs) over a wide distance using the Internet as the interconnection fabric (upgrades to enterprise-level functions are available). Intended to support business continuity solutions between supported servers at one site and support servers or IBM® System Storage disk or tape devices at a distant location

Ports Base system provides four active Fibre Channel ports and two Ethernet Internet Protocol (IP) ports. The optional Port Activation feature activates all 16 Fibre Channel ports and all 6 IP ports.
Link Speeds Up to 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) auto-sensing Fibre Channel and up to 1 Gbps Ethernet (GbE).
Operating Systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, UNIX®, Linux®, OS/400® and z/OS®
Optional features Optical and copper transceivers (SFPs), fibre optic cables, 8 Gbps Advanced Extension, Advanced Performance Monitor, Advanced Networking, Enterprise Bundle, Extended Fabric, Fabric Watch, FICON® with CUP, Firmware Upgrade Renewal, High-Performance Extension, Integrated Routing, Port Activation, Trunking Activation, country-specific power cords



IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager

IBM System Storage Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM™) is a powerful application designed to manage one or more IBM System Storage SAN b-type or mixed b-type and m-type network fabrics in real time.  In particular, DCFM helps provide the essential functions needed to efficiently configure, monitor, provision and manage network fabrics on a daily basis.
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IBM Network Advisor

IBM® Network Advisor software management tool provides comprehensive management for data, storage and converged networks. This single application can deliver end-to-end visibility across different network types; it supports Fibre Channel SANs—including Gen 5 Fibre Channel platforms—IBM FICON® and IBM b-type SAN FCoE networks. In addition, this tool supports comprehensive lifecycle management capabilities across different networks through a simple, seamless user experience.