Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SAN)

Storage SAN portfolio ready to support Virtualisation, Cloud and Big Data requirements

Why IBM

IBM SAN products and solutions provide integrated SMB and enterprise SAN solutions with multi-protocol local, campus, metropolitan and global storage networking. Learn more (US)

Newest SAN offerings

Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage (US)

Cisco MDS 9250i Multiservice Fabric Switch for IBM System Storage is an optimised platform for deploying high performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services, and cost-effective multiprotocol connectivity for open systems.

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking

Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking is a director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, Cisco MDS 9710 Multilayer Director for IBM System Networking addresses the rigorous requirements of large, virtualised data-centre storage environments with high availability, scalability, flexibility, security, ease of management and transparent integration of new technologies. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity, MDS 9710 delivers a high performing and reliable FICON infrastructure designed to support fast and scalable IBM System z® servers. The MDS 9700 platform provides multi-protocol flexibility for storage area networks (SANs) delivering both 16-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gbps FCoE capabilities.

Fabric Vision Technology

Fabric Vision technology is an advanced hardware and software solution that combines capabilities from our b-type Gen 5 Fibre Channel solutions, Fabric OS® (FOS), and IBM Network Advisor to help administrators avoid problems, maximise application performance, and reduce operational costs through innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management technology.

Fabric Vision technology includes ClearLink Diagnostics, Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS), Flow Vision, Bottleneck Detection, At-a-glance dashboard and Forward Error Correction (FEC). Please refer to the IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2,IBM System Networking SAN96B-5, IBM System Storage SAN48B-5, IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 and IBM System Storage SAN06B-R product pages to understand how their integration with Fabric Vision technology, FOS 7.2 and IBM Network Advisor V12.1, deliver breakthrough technologies that dramatically simplify SAN deployment and management, drive down costs and offer outstanding visibility and insight across the storage network.

What we offer

Enterprise SAN directors

For highest availability and scalability enterprise solutions.

Mid-range SAN switches

For scalable, affordable SMB and enterprise solutions.

Entry SAN switches

For simple, affordable small and medium business (SMB) solutions.

Converged switches

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Systems

IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.

Storage

Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.

Networking

The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today’s flat, converged data centre network designs.

Software

IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

Integrated solutions

The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won’t be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

Systems-related services

IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.

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