The IBM BNT RackSwitch G8124 is a 10 GbE switch specifically designed for the data centre, providing a virtual, cooler and easier network solution. The G8124 offers 24 10 GbE ports in a high-density, 1U footprint. Designed with top performance in mind, the RackSwitch G8124 provides line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering and traffic queuing without delaying data and large data centre grade buffers to keep traffic moving.
The G8124 is virtual, providing rack-level virtualisation of networking interfaces. VMready software enables movement of virtual machines (VMs) – providing matching movement of virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) assignments, Access Control Lists (ACLs) and other networking and security settings. VMready works with all leading VM providers, such as VMware, Citrix, Xen and Microsoft®. The G8124 also supports Virtual Fabric, which allows for the carving up of a physical NIC into two to eight vNICs and creates a virtual pipe between the adapter and the switch for improved performance, availability and security, while reducing cost and complexity.
The G8124 is cooler, implementing server-like directional cooling to maximise data centre layout and provisioning. Its superb airflow design complements the hot-aisle and cold-aisle data centre cooling model. G8124 models come in either rear-to-front or front-to-rear airflow models, allowing customers to design their data centre based on their hot and cold aisle implementation.
The G8124 is easier, with server-oriented provisioning via point-and-click management interfaces.
The low latency offered by the G8124 makes it ideal for latency-sensitive applications, such as HPC clusters and financial applications. The G8124 also supports the newest protocols including Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and Data Centre Bridging for support of Fibre Channel Over Ethernet (FCoE) and can be leveraged for Network Attached Storage (NAS) or SCSI over IP (iSCSI).
|Lower energy and cooling cost|
|Easy to manage|
|Cost of ownership|
|Models||G8124R Rear to Front (0446017)
G8124F Front to Rear (7309BF9)
G8124DC Front to Rear (7309BD5)
G8124ER Rear to Front (7309BR6)
G8124EF Front to Rear (7309BF7)
|10 GbE ports||24 10 GbE SFP+|
|Avg Port-to-Port latency||0.68 uS|
|Max thru-put (bidirectional) Gbps||480 Gbps|
|Max active VLANs||1024|
|Max MAC entries||16K|
|802.1d Spanning Tree/PVST+||Yes|
|802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)/802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)||Yes|
|Spanning tree groups||128|
|Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v1/v2/v3||Yes|
|Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)||Yes|
|OSPF, BGP, VRRP||Yes|
|Internet Protocol (IP) v6 capable||Yes|
|Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)||v1/v2c/v3|