Why IBM for SAN?

IBM SAN switches provide reliable, scalable and high performance Fibre Channel connectivity. You gain a comprehensive range of intelligent SAN switches, directors and routers to connect servers and storage systems throughout your global enterprise.

New! Cisco MDS 9132T 32G next-generation switch provides high-speed Fibre Channel connectivity from the server rack to the SAN core.

Fabric vision technology

Includes IO Insight, an extension of Gen 6 Fibre Channel. Provides unprecedented insight and visibility across the storage network with powerful built-in monitoring, management and diagnostic. Simplifies monitoring, increases operational stability and dramatically reduces costs.

IBM Network Advisor

Simplifies storage network management and helps you proactively diagnose and troubleshoot issues to maximise uptime, increase operational efficiency, and reduce costs. Provides unprecedented visibility and insight into the SAN fabric through integration with Fabric Vision technology.

Enterprise SAN directors

IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 and SAN256B-6

Designed to meet relentless growth and mission-critical application demands, these directors are an ideal platform for large enterprise environments that require increased capacity, greater throughput and higher levels of resiliency.

Cisco MDS 9718 Multilayer Director for IBM Storage Networking

Director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and meet the needs of large virtualised data centre storage environments.

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking

Director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds. Delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure to support IBM Z® servers.

IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2

Fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings, providing reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for private or hybrid cloud storage and highly virtualised environments.

Cisco MDS 9706 Multilayer Director for IBM System Storage

Director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in small to midsized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds. Layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric.

Mid-range SAN switches

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.

IBM System Networking SAN96B-5

High-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing SAN infrastructures. Delivers Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with 16 Gbps performance to support growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualised private and hybrid cloud storage environments.

IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6

Designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale virtualisation, larger cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments by delivering b-type Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology.

IBM System Storage SAN48B-5

Designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale private or hybrid cloud storage environments by delivering Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with 16 Gbps performance.

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.

Entry SAN Switches

Cisco MDS 9132T 32G Fabric Switch for IBM Storage Networking

Next-generation switch empowers organisations that are rapidly deploying cloud-scale applications using highly dense virtualised servers, by providing higher bandwidth and consolidation. Designed to benefit both small-scale and large-scale SAN deployments, it delivers outstanding flexibility through a unique port expansion module that provides a cost-effective, field swappable port upgrade option.

IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6

Entry-level switch that combines high-performance capabilities of 4, 8, 16 and 32 Gbps with point-and-click simplicity and enterprise-class functionality. It provides small to midsized data centres with low-cost access to industry-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and the ability to start small and grow on demand to support an evolving storage environment.

IBM System Networking SAN24B-5

Provides outstanding price to performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.

IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express

Compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel SAN switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. Supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualisation.

Extension switches

IBM System Storage SAN42B-R extension switch

Designed to address the most demanding disaster-recovery requirements. Helps maximise application performance over WAN links with 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1/10 and 40 Gbps ports. Enterprise-class extension switch offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with capacity-on-demand upgrades.

Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage

Optimised platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for open systems and mainframe environments.

IBM System Storage SAN06B-R multiprotocol router

Entry-level multiprotocol extension router designed to connect two SANs over a wide distance using the Internet as the interconnection fabric (upgrades to enterprise-level functions are available). Supports business continuity solutions between supported servers at one site and support servers or IBM System Storage disk or tape devices at a distant location.

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