IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264



Built with top performance in mind, the IBM® RackSwitch G8264 is ideal for today’s big data, cloud and optimised workloads. It is an enterprise-class and full-featured DC switch that delivers line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data. Large DC grade buffers keep traffic moving. Redundant power and fans along with numerous high availability (HA) features equips the switch for business-sensitive traffic. The G8264 supports IBM VMready technology, an innovative, standards-based solution to manage virtual machines (VMs) in small to large-scale DC and cloud environments.

The RackSwitch G8264 is ideal for latency-sensitive applications such as high performance computing clusters and financial applications and is a key piece when connecting multiple chassis together with Pure System Solutions. The G8264 supports stacking for up to eight switches for simplified switch management as well as IBM Virtual Fabric to enable clients to diminish the number of input/output (I/O) adapters by creating virtual network interface cards (NIC’s) out of a 10 Gb adapter, helping reduce cost and complexity. The G8264 supports the newest protocols – including Data Centre Bridging/Converged Enhanced Ethernet (DCB/CEE) for support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), in addition to internet small computer system interface (iSCSI) and network attached storage (NAS).

Product features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
OpenFlow enabled
Virtualisation ready
Lower power and cooling cost
Easy to manage and deploy
Transparent networking capability
Hardware specifications
Form factor 1U
Ports 48 × 1/10 Gb SFP+ Ports, 4 × 40 Gb QSFP+ Ports
10 Gb ports Up to sixty-four 10 Gb SFP+ connections with optional breakout cables
Max thru-put (bidirectional) Gbps 1.28 Tbps
Latency 880 nanoseconds
Virtualisation VMready, Virtual Fabric support
OpenFlow Yes
Stacking Yes
Redundancy Standard redundant power supplies and fans
Power 275 W
Warranty Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available

Environmental specifications
Temperature Ambient operating: 0º C to + 40º C
Relative humidity Non-condensing, operating 10 to 90%
Altitude Operating 1,800 m (6000 feet)
Heat dissipation 1127 British thermal unit (BTU)/hour (typical)
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 200,000hrs, with ambient operating temperature of 40º C*
Software features: For details on the G8264 comprehensive software feature list, refer to the IBM Networking Operating System (OS) datasheet at
Associated Options: For details on the G8264 transceivers, cables and other associated options, refer to the G8264 Specifications page at (US)
Recommended with IBM server and storage solutions IBM PureFlex, IBM PureApplication, IBM Flex System, IBM System x, IBM iDataPlex, IBM Intelligent Cluster, IBM BladeCenter, IBM Power Systems, IBM Storage Systems, IBM Cloud Solutions

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