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IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2



 

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. These fabric backbones have been enhanced with enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON connectivity, offering a highly reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM System z servers.

Designed to increase business agility while providing non-stop access to information and reducing both infrastructure and administrative costs, the SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones with Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and 16 Gbps performance deliver a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable and high-performance technology. This enables organisations to continue leveraging their existing IT investments as they grow their businesses and solve their most difficult business challenges.

Ports

Single chassis: Up to 512 (SAN768B-2) or 256 (SAN384B-2) 16 Gbps universal (E, F, D, M and EX) Fibre Channel ports using 64-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel blades.
Multi-chassis with inter-chassis link (ICL) ports: Up to 6,144 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports; UltraScale ICL ports (32 or 16 per chassis, optical quad small form-factor pluggables [QSFPs]) connecting up to nine b-type SAN768B-2/SAN384B-2 chassis in a full-mesh topology or up to 12 chassis in a core-edge topology.
Deploying four or more chassis with UltraScale ICL connections within a fabric requires an Enterprise ICL license.

Link Speeds

Fibre Channel: 2.125 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 10.53 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 2, 4, 8 and 16 Gbps port speeds; 10 Gbps and optionally programmable to fixed port speed

Operating Systems

 

Optional Features

Blades: 32- and 48-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blades (3632, 3648); 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade (3864); 64-port 16 Gbps Fibre Channel switch blade (3664); FCoE 10GbE 24-port blade (3880)*; 22-port 8 Gbps and 2-port 10 Gbps Enhanced extension blade (3891)
Licenses: Inter-chassis, FICON with control unit port (CUP) activation, Advanced extension activation, Extension blade 10 GbE activation, FICON Accelerator activation, Integrated routing and Enterprise ICL
Other: SFPs, fibre optic cables, upgraded power supplies
* FCoE blade only available for IBM System Storage SAN768B-2
 

Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage provides 24 to 192 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabits per Second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Ports Up to 192
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps
Operating Systems IBM AIX®, Linux®, Microsoft® Windows NT® or Microsoft Windows® 2000 and IBM mainframe operating systems

Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM® System Storage™ provides 24 to 336 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON® and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Operating Systems AIX®, Linux®, Microsoft® Windows NT® or Microsoft Windows® 2000 and IBM mainframe operating systems
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4, 8 and 10 Gbps
Ports Up to 336 Fibre Channel ports

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