IBM Virtual Fabric for System x


When it comes to I/O, data centers face more challenges than ever before, including:

Welcome Virtual Fabric from IBM, which provides fast, flexible and reliable I/O solutions that fit into your existing data center and offers you a new way to overcome these challenges. This new and innovative solution based on Emulex adapters and IBM BNT RackSwitch products is different than other vNIC solutions in the fact that it carves up dedicated pipes between the adapter and the switch. This solution is built on industry standards providing maximum performance in both directions while allowing for pipes to be allocated at any speed from 1GbE to 10GbE. Building a Dynamic Infrastructure today with the IBM Virtual Fabric for System x also allows for advanced levels of security and higher levels of availability per virtual NIC by leveraging virtual pipes, which isolate vNIC from each other.

Features and benefits

Reduce Cost & Complexity: Leveraging a single 10GbE dual-port adapter and creating virtual pipes to fewer upstream switch ports help drive out cost and complexity in their IT infrastructure by requiring up to 75% fewer adapters, cables and upstream switch ports. It is also important to note this can be leveraged across multiple application environments not just virtualization. When compared to leveraging multiple 1GbE ports, clients could see:

Performance: Leveraging Emulex and IBM BNT Virtual Fabric provides extreme levels of performance versus multiple 1GbE implementation or other vendors vNIC implementations with:

Scalable and Flexible: ability to adjust as your requirements by:

High Availability and Security: With the consolidation of multiple VM’s per server, the demands for security and availability are more critical and IBM Virtual Fabric solutions using Emulex and IBM BNT innovations help:

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