SAN Switches/Directors

SAN solutions with versatile multi-protocol, multi-site capabilities

SAN Switches/Directors
IBM SAN products and solutions provide integrated SMB and enterprise SAN solutions with multi-protocol local, campus, metropolitan and global storage networking.

IBM System Networking SAN24B-5

The IBM System Networking SAN24B-5 switch provides outstanding price/performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.

IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express

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 SAN24B-4 Express supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualization 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.

IBM® System Networking SAN96B-5

SAN96B-5 is a high-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storage area network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide a highly resilient, scalable and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities with 16 Gbps performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud storage environments.

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 virtualization 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.

IBM System Storage SAN48B-5

The IBM® System Storage® SAN48B-5 SAN switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale, private cloud storage environments by delivering 16 Gbps Fibre Channel technology and capabilities that support highly virtualized environments. Enhanced with enterprise connectivity options that add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, this switch enables greater flexibility and investment protection in an efficiently designed 1U package.

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.

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, virtualized data-center 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.

IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2

IBM System Storage® SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings. They provide reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for mission-critical storage. These fabric backbones also deliver enterprise connectivity options to add support for IBM FICON® connectivity, offering a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure with fast and scalable IBM System z® servers.

Designed to increase business agility while providing nonstop access to information and reducing infrastructure and administrative costs, SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2 Gen 5 Fibre Channel fabric backbones deliver a new level of scalability and advanced capabilities to this robust, reliable, high-performance technology.

IBM System Storage SAN768B and IBM System Storage SAN384B

The SAN768B and SAN384B are extremely efficient at reducing power consumption, cooling and the carbon footprint in data centers. While providing exceptional performance and scale, these networking backbones use less than one watt per Gbps—significantly more efficient than alternate offerings.

The SAN768B and SAN384B are build on years of innovation and use the core technology of systems designed to perform at greater than 99.999 percent uptime in the world’s most demanding data centers. With its intelligent sixth-generation ASICs and advanced hardware and software capabilities, the SAN768B and SAN384B provide a reliable foundation for fully connected multiprotocol SAN fabrics capable of supporting thousands of servers, storage and networking devices.

As members of the IBM System Storage family of b-type SAN products, the SAN 768B and the SAN384B are designed to participate in fabrics containing other b-type and m-type devices manufactured by Brocade. This versatile hardware can serve as backbone in a complex fabric and provide connections to other b-type and m-type directors, switches and routers.

Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9513 for IBM® System Storage™ provides 12 to 524 ports, 4 and 8 Gbps fabric switching for Windows® NT®/2000, UNIX® and mainframe IBM FICON® switching for server clustering, infrastructure simplification and business continuity solutions. The base director offers Virtual SAN (VSAN), Cisco Fabric Manager and 11 feature slots. Features include 12-, 24- and 48-port 4 Gbps, 24-, 48- and 4/44-port 8 Gbps, and 4-port 10 Gbps FC Modules; IP and Multiservice 18/4 Modules; Enterprise, SAN Extension over IP, Fabric Manager Server, Storage Services Enabler and Mainframe Packages.

Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9509 for IBM® System Storage™ provides 24 to 336 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabit per second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON® and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage

The Cisco MDS 9506 for IBM System Storage provides 24 to 192 Fibre channel ports—with up to 8 Gigabits per Second (Gbps) performance—and 4 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for iSCSI or FCIP connectivity. With a high-availability design, it includes Virtual SAN (VSAN) capability for SAN consolidation into virtual SAN “islands” on a single physical fabric and comprehensive security for large enterprise SANs deployment. The director uses intelligent networking services to help simplify mainframe FICON and Fibre Channel SAN management and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).