SAN Fabric

Simple, affordable fabric switches and high availability Enterprise SAN Directors

IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express

A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) Storage Area Network (SAN) switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualisation with virtual data paths across a single FC link. Can connect to other SAN switches, routers and directors to form a multi-switch fabric for increased connectivity.

Ports 8, 16 and 24 ports with Ports on Demand scalability
Link Speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux®, IBM AIX, IBM OS/400

Cisco MDS 9124 Express for System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9124 Express for System Storage™ is designed to address the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses with a wide range of SAN capabilities. It can be used as part of SAN solutions from simple single-switch configurations to larger multi-switch configurations in support of fabric connectivity and advanced business continuity capabilities.

Link Speeds 1, 2 and 4 Gbps
Servers IBM System i™, System p™, System x™ and IBM BladeCenter®
Ports 8, 16, 24 (2053-424)
16, 24 (2417-C24, PN 2417C24)

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