SAN Fabric

Simple, affordable fabric switches and high availability Enterprise SAN Directors

IBM System Storage SAN80B-4

A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The SAN80B-4 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 48, 64 and 80 ports with “Ports on Demand” scalability
Link Speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, Unix®, Linux®, NetWare and z/OS®

IBM System Storage SAN40B-4

A compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switch which enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. The SAN40B-4 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 24, 32 and 40 ports with “Ports on Demand” scalability
Link Speeds 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps auto-sensing
Operating systems Microsoft® Windows®, AIX®, UNIX®, Linux®, NetWare and z/OS®

IBM System Storage SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch

The IBM System Storage® SAN32B-E4 Encryption Switch is a high-performance hardware device that delivers fabric-based encryption services to secure data for both disk and tape. It is tightly integrated with TKLM and provides scalable performance of on-demand encryption and compression processing power.

Ports 32-port auto-sensing 8 Gbps Fiber Channel active ports
Link Speeds 1.063 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 2.125 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 4.25 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbit/sec line speed, full duplex; 8, 4, 2 and 1 Gbps autosensing
Operating Systems IBM AIX®, Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux® and other selected operating systems
Optional Features Encryption 96 Gbps Disk Performance Upgrade Activation, Adaptive Networking, Advanced Performance Monitor, E32 Enterprise Package**, Trunking Activation, Integrated Routing

Cisco MDS 9148 for System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9148 for IBM System Storage® Multilayer Fabric Switch (2417-C48) is designed to provide an affordable, highly capable and scalable storage networking solution for small, midrange and large enterprise customers. It can be used as part of SAN solutions from simple single-switch configurations to larger multiswitch configurations in support of fabric connectivity and advanced business continuity capabilities.

Ports 16, 24, 32, 40, and 48 ports
Link Speeds 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gbps
Servers IBM System x® servers Other Intel® processor-based servers IBM System p® servers IBM System i® servers Selected Sun and HP servers

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