Storage area network (SAN)

Why IBM for SAN?

The big picture

To stay competitive in the global marketplace, your people need to have access to the right information at the right time in order to be effective, creative and highly innovative. IBM offers a comprehensive portfolio of SAN switches, storage, software, services and solutions to reliably bring information to people in a cost effective way. IBM provides flexible, scalable and open standards-based business-class and global enterprise-class storage networking solutions for the on demand world

Empowering your people to innovate

IBM System Storage solutions can help you automate and simplify IT operations so you can focus on your business needs and spend less time managing your infrastructure. Comprehensive integration testing with IBM servers, software, SAN switches and storage provides simplified customer installation which meets user expectations. IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center for Fabric provides support for heterogeneous SAN fabrics including Brocade, Cisco, McDATA, QLogic and Emulex switches with end-to-end performance management. IBM is the interoperability leader in offering support for heterogeneous Brocade, Cisco and McDATA switch fabrics.

To help you meet the challenge of increasing your return on people and creating an environment for competitive advantage, IBM SAN switches provide the reliable, scalable and high performance Fibre Channel connectivity required to capitalize on enterprise-wide data sharing and collaboration. IBM offers a full line up of intelligent SAN switches, directors and routers to connect servers and storage systems in local, campus, metro and global infrastructures. IBM was first to market with a comprehensive portfolio of 4 Gbps, Gigabit per second server, storage, software and switch solutions. IBM was also first to market with 4 and 10 Gbps metro connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet global connectivity SAN director features.

Getting the most value from your information

Fuel your innovation engine with a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that leverage IBM’s unmatched expertise; strong synergy between servers, software, switches and storage; and a worldwide partner network. IBM has an extensive worldwide network of Business Partners to provide you with the professional services required to deploy, grow and provision your IBM simplification and continuity solutions.

Align your storage investment with the value of your information using a wide range of IBM tiered storage options, policy-based automation and intelligent information management solutions. The IBM System Storage portfolio offers the industry’s broadest range of storage solutions—including disk, tape, SAN, software, financial and services offerings—enabling companies to create long-term solutions that can be tailored to their business needs. IBM System Storage tiered disk, tape and SAN switch solutions provide a wide variety of choices to align and move data to cost-optimized storage based on policies, matching the storage solution with the service level requirements and the value of the data.

Confidently protect your strategic information assets and efficiently comply with regulatory and security requirements with the unrivaled breadth of storage solutions from IBM. IBM SAN directors and routers provide metro and global connectivity between sites over Internet Protocol, IP networks. IBM SAN extension solutions include data compression and encryption services to help protect your data in flight between your secure data centers.

Making your business more responsive

Keep your business running with continuous access to information through industry-leading business continuity solutions from IBM System Storage. Multiple SAN fabric distance extension options provide the industry's most comprehensive metro and global mirroring business continuity and disaster recovery solutions with integrated management. For example, IBM offers an integrated continuity solution for IBM System p servers – IBM TotalStorage Continuous Availability for AIX® which combines High-Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP™), SAN switches and Metro Mirror software to provide a robust, fully automated, continuous availability and disaster recovery solution for business critical applications.

Rapidly adapt to evolving business needs by creating an open, flexible, on demand infrastructure that scales as you grow—without disrupting ongoing operations—using IBM System Storage solutions. IBM delivers a comprehensive portfolio of storage systems that can fit into existing IT environments. These systems are based on open standards to help provide flexibility and choice in order to maximize performance across a variety of current and future workloads. IBM’s commitment to openness means you don’t have to be locked into proprietary solutions or vendors—giving you the flexibility to pick best-of-breed technology and applications to meet future needs.

Optimize and protect your IT investment with marketplace-leading virtualization capabilities, superior multi-vendor interoperability and cost-effective storage solutions from IBM. IBM System Storage solutions can run in multi-vendor environments—allowing enterprises to protect and extend the life of their existing investments. IBM is an industry leader in providing heterogeneous SAN switch solutions with SAN routing capabilities that maintains isolation of SAN islands attached to a shared multi-site enterprise SAN infrastructure. IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center simplifies managing a multi-vendor environment, with support for different host operating systems, SAN fabric vendors, disk systems and tape libraries.

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