Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SAN)

Storage Networking SAN portfolio ready to support Virtualization, Cloud and Big data requirements

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IBM SAN products and solutions provide integrated SMB and enterprise SAN solutions with multi-protocol local, campus, metropolitan and global storage networking. Learn more

Newest SAN offerings

Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking

Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking has the industry’s highest port density for a SAN director, featuring 768 line-rate 16-Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Designed to support multiprotocol workloads, MDS 9718 enables SAN consolidation and collapsed-core solutions for large enterprises, thereby reducing the number of managed switches and leading to easy-to-manage deployments. By reducing the number of front-panel ports used on Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), it also offers room for future growth. MDS 9718 addresses the mounting storage requirements of today’s large virtualized data centers.

Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM® System Storage® is the latest generation of the highly powerful, dense and reliable Cisco MDS Series switches. It combines high performance with outstanding flexibility and cost effectiveness. This robust, compact 2RU switch scales from 48 to 96 line-rate 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports.

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Enterprise SAN directors

For highest availability and scalability enterprise solutions.

Mid-range SAN switches

For scalable, affordable SMB and enterprise solutions.

Entry SAN switches

For simple, affordable small and medium business (SMB) solutions.

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Enhanced Resilient Solutions for Business Continuity

IBM SAN42B-R Extension Switch and Fabric Vision technology enable TS7700 Grid users to gain significant increases in performance, security, reliability and availability between clusters in the grid network. Explore the features and advantages provided by b-type Extension technology in a TS7700 Grid network.

Simplify monitoring, ensure availability, lower costs with Fabric Vision

Learn more about how Fabric Vision helps IT organizations address the pressures to do more with less and to reduce operational expenditures, all while supporting scaling of the infrastructure to support data growth through this solution brief.


Leverage analytics, mobile and cloud with industry-leading performance and reliability

Learn how IBM delivers an end to end solution for Enterprise customers.

The Network Matters for Disaster Recovery

The IBM System Storage SAN42B-R Extension Switch with Fabric Vision technology delivers increased performance, continuous availability , and simplified monitoring required for always-on business operations.

IBM FlashSystem with Brocade Gen5 SAN

Learn how IBM Flashsystems and Brocade Gen 5 delivers extreme performance to the clients.

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