IBM RackSwitch G8052


The IBM® System Networking RackSwitch G8052 is an Ethernet switch specifically designed for the DC, providing a virtualised, cool and easy network solution.

The RackSwitch G8052 is virtualised – supporting IBM VMready technology, an innovative, standards-based solution to manage VMs in small to large-scale DC and cloud environments. VMready works with all leading VM providers.

The RackSwitch G8052 is cool – implementing a choice of directional cooling to maximise data centre layout and provisioning. Its superior airflow design complements the hot-aisle and cold-aisle DC cooling model.

The RackSwitch G8052 is easy – with server-oriented provisioning via point-and-click management interfaces, along with the optional System Networking Switch Centre software package for updating large groups of switches.

The RackSwitch G8052 offers 48×1 GbE ports and four standard (no uplink module necessary) 10 GbE ports in a 1U footprint. Designed with top performance in mind, the G8052 provides line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data and large DC-grade buffers to keep traffic moving. Redundant power and fans, along with numerous high availability (HA) features, mean that the G8052 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
Performance 176 gigabits per second (Gbps) switching throughput (full duplex)
Latency of 1.8 microseconds
Hardware features
Versions System x Power & Storage
Rear-to-Front (7309G52)
Front-to-Rear (730952F)
Rear-to-Front (1455-48E)
Interface options 48 × 1 GbE (48RJ-45), 4 × 10 GbE SFP+
Dimensions 17.3" wide, 17.5" deep, 1U high
Weight 5.45 kg (11.99 lb)
Airflow Front-to-rear or rear-to-front cooling. Redundant hot swappable field-replaceable fans with variable speed to reduce power draw.
Power Redundant load-sharing hot-swap power modules, 50 - 60 Hz, 100 - 240 V ac auto switching per module
Typical power consumption of 130 W
Warranty Three-year, next business day replacement, phone support and software upgrades
Service upgrades and extensions available
Software features: For details on the G8052 comprehensive software feature list, refer to the IBM System Networking Operating System (OS) datasheet at

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