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Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage


The latest generation of the highly powerful, dense and reliable Cisco MDS Series switches. Combines high performance with outstanding flexibility and cost effectiveness in a two rack-unit (2RU) switch.

Ports 96 ports of 16-Gbps Fibre Channel
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps, with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for each port
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional Features MDS 9300 Enterprise Package (FC 7310), MDS 9300 Enterpise+DCNM Bundle License (FC 7320), MDS 9300 DCNM Advanced Edition (FC 7311) and MDS 9396S 12-port On-Demand activation (FC 7312)

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 IBM AIX®
Other select operating systems
Optional Features Please refer to the SAN96B-5 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features

IBM® System Storage® SAN48B-5


The IBM System Storage SAN48B-5 switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale private or hybrid cloud storage environments by delivering Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities with 16 Gbps performance that support highly virtualized environments.

Ports 24-, 36- and 48-port configurations through 12-port activation upgrades; 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 select operating systems
Optional Features Please refer to the SAN48B-5 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features

Cisco MDS 9148S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage

Next generation of the highly reliable, flexible and low-cost Cisco MDS 9100 Series switches. Combines high performance with exceptional flexibility and cost effectiveness in a one rack-unit (1RU) switch.

Ports 48 ports of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity
Link speeds 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps with 16 Gbps of dedicated bandwidth for each port
Operating systems For most current and complete information, refer to SSIC
Optional features MDS 9100 Enterprise Package (7210), MDS 9100 DCNM Advanced Edition (7211) and MDS 9148S 12-port On-Demand activation (7212)

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