IBM RackSwitch G8000


The IBM® System Networking RackSwitch G8000 is an Ethernet switch specifically designed for the data centre, providing a virtualised, cooler and simpler network solution.

The G8000 is virtualised – for the first time providing rack-level virtualisation of networking interfaces for a rack full of server and storage systems – decoupling the scaling of networking and computing capacity via on-switch VMready software. VMready enables the movement of VM – providing matching movement of virtual local area network (VLAN) assignments, Access control lists (ACL), and other networking and security settings. VMready works with all leading VM providers.

The G8000 is cooler – implementing a choice of directional cooling options to maximise data centre layout and provisioning. Its superb airflow design complements the hot-aisle and cold-aisle data centre cooling model.

The G8000 is easier – with server-oriented provisioning via point-and-click management interfaces, along with optional IBM System Networking Switch Centre for updating large groups of switches.

The IBM RackSwitch G8000 offers 48 x 1 GbE ports and up to 4 x 10 GbE ports in a 1U footprint. Redundant power supplies and fans, along with numerous high availability (HA) features, mean that the G8000 is always available for business-sensitive traffic.

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Virtualisation ready
Lower power and cooling cost
Easy to manage
Cost of ownership
Hardware features
Redundancy Redundant power supplies and fans come standard
Warranty Three-year next-business-day advance replacement with phone support and Three-year software upgrades
Environmental specifications
Acoustic noise
Heat dissipation
Mean time between failures (MTBF)
Software features: For details on the G8000 comprehensive software feature list, refer to the IBM Networking Operating System (OS) datasheet at
Associated Options
Uplink modules

Rear to Front (0446013G)
Front to Rear (7309CFC)
Form factor 1U
Ports 48 x 1 GbE (44 RJ-45 and 4 SFP), up to four 10 GbE CX4 or SFP+ ports with optional uplink module
Max Throughput (bidirectional) Gbps 176 Gbps
Max Active virtual local area network (VLANs) 1024
Max MAC entries 16 K
802.1d Spanning tree/Per VLAN Spanning Tree+ (PVST+) Yes
802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)/802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) Yes
Spanning tree groups 128
Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v1/v2/v3 Yes
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Yes
PrivVLAN edge Yes
Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1/v2
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) Yes
IPv6 capable Yes
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1/v2c/v3
Stacking Yes
Redundancy Yes, redundant power supplies and fans come standard
Warranty 3-year next-business-day advance replacement with phone support and 3-year software upgrades

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