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IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch
An entry-level switch that combines high-performance capabilities of 4, 8, 16 and 32 Gbps with point-and-click simplicity and enterprise-class functionality


IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch

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Overview:

IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 is an entry-level switch that combines high-performance capabilities of 4, 8, 16 and 32 Gbps with point-and-click simplicity and enterprise-class functionality. It provides small to midsized data centers with low-cost access to industry-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and the ability to start small and grow on demand—from 8 to 24 ports—to support an evolving storage environment. IBM b-type Gen 6 Fibre Channel products are designed to unleash the full potential of new storage technologies for the new high-performance application workloads.

  • Meet the high-thr oughput, low-la tency demands of critical applications with flash-ready performance
  • Scale on demand, from 8 to 24 ports, to connect additional devices as needed
  • Deliver 4, 8, 16 or 32 Gigabits per second (Gbps) port bandwidth for increased performance on demand
  • Simplify deployment and reduce install time with a point-a nd- click user interface
  • Automatically discover and recover from common networking problems
  • Proactively monitor and optimise the health and performance of individual VMs
  • Simplify administration, resolve problems, increase uptime and help reduce costs using Fabric Vision technology

Use a low-cost, high-performance platform to enable flash-ready solutions for the business

Explosive data growth, coupled with user expectations of unlimited access from anywhere, at any time, is pushing storage environments to the limit. To meet these dynamic business demands, the network must evolve to improve speed, increase efficiency and reduce costs. Legacy infrastructures were not designed to support the performance requirements of flash- based storage technology. A new approach to storage networking is required to unlock the full capabilities of all-f lash arrays. By treating the network as a strategic part of a storage environment, organisations can maximise their productivity and efficiency, even as they rapidly grow their environments.

The IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 switch provides exceptional value in an entry-level switch, combining high-performance capabilities of 4, 8, 16 and 32 Gbps, point-and- click simplicity and enterprise-class functionality. The port speed capability is dependent on the transceiver installed.

SAN24B-6 provides small to midsized data centres (DCs) with low-cost access to leading-edge Gen 6 FC technology and the ability to start small and grow on demand – from 8 to 24 ports – to support an evolving storage environment. In addition, SAN24B-6 is easy to use and install, with a point-and- click user interface that simplifies deployment and saves time.

Gen 6 Fibre Channel

IBM b- type Gen 6 Fibre Channel (FC) is the purpose-built n etwork infrastructure for mission-cr itical storage, delivering breakthrough performance to accelerate data retrieval, adapt to evolving requirements and drive always-on da ta access. The SAN24B-6 s witch with Gen 6 FC storage technology is designed to simplify setup, management and monitoring while delivering performance required by flash storage and growing with your business at a low cost of entry.

Features:

Gain maximum flexibility

The SAN24B-6 switch is configurable with Ports on Demand (PoD) for 8, 16 or 24 ports and supports 4, 8, 16 or 32 Gbps port speeds with the proper transceivers installed, all in an efficient 1U package, with an integrated power supply and four built-in fans. The power supply offers real-time, active power monitoring. SAN24B-6 helps to lower costs, too, with low energy consumption (at 0.10 watts per Gbps and 3.2 watts per port).

Leading- edge technology that is flexible, simple and easy to use

SAN24B-6 delivers leading-edge Gen 6 FC technology in a flexible and easy-to- use solution that cost-effectively scales from 8 to 24 ports with PoD. In addition, the switch is easy to deploy with the EZSwitchSetup wizard, featuring a simple user interface that dramatically reduces deployment and configuration times with as few as three steps.

Flash- ready performance for evolving storage requirements

IBM b-type Gen 6 FC products deliver advanced 32-Gbps performance to unleash the full potential of new storage technologies for the new high-performance application workloads. Using this switch, organisations can build a flash-ready infrastructure that adapts to their expanding business requirements.

To realise the full benefits of flash, organisations will need to transition their high-performance, latency-sensitive workloads to flash- based storage with NVMe. SAN24B-6 is NVMe- ready , allowing organisations to seamlessly integrate IBM b-type Gen 6 FC networks with next-generation NVMe technologies, without a disruptive rip and replace. The simplicity and efficiency of NVMe over FC enables significant performance gains for flash storage to deliver the performance, application response time and scalability needed for next-generation DCs.

Rely on the network that delivers always- on business operations

IBM b-type Gen 5 and Gen 6 technologies leverage a rich heritage of FC innovation to deliver leading-edge reliability for the world’s most demanding DCs. IBM b-type Fabric Vision technology provides a breakthrough hardware and software solution that helps organisations simplify monitoring, maximise network availability and gain insight into issues to speed resolution and meet critical service level agreements (SLAs). VM Insight is the newest feature in Fabric Vision technology, enabling proactive visibility into the health and performance of individual VMs with integrated sensors. Using this capability, administrators can quickly identify abnormal VM behaviours to facilitate troubleshooting and fault isolation, helping to ensure maximum performance and operational stability.

Forward error correction (FEC) capabilities further increase resiliency by automatically detecting and recovering network transmission errors. To ensure predictable performance prior to deployment, organisations can validate infrastructure with ClearLink Diagnostics and Flow Generator features.

Simplified management and robust network analytic

Fabric Vision technology provides unprecedented insight and visibility across the storage network, with powerful integrated monitoring, management and diagnostic capabilities. These innovative features enable administrators to avoid problems before they impact operations, helping organisations meet SLAs. Fabric Vision technology includes VM Insight, Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS), Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring, dashboards, Configuration and Operational Monitoring Policy Automation Services Suite (COMPASS), ClearLink Diagnostics, Flow Vision, FEC and Credit Loss Recovery.

IBM Network Advisor

IBM Network Advisor is an optional software management tool that provides an enhanced user interface and additional capabilities to simplify b-type FC management, helping organisations proactively diagnose and resolve issues to maximise uptime, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. The wizard-driven interface dramatically reduces deployment and configuration times by allowing fabrics, switches and ports to be managed as groups. Customisable dashboards graphically display performance and health indicators out of the box, including all data captured using Fabric Vision technology

Access Gateway mode

SAN24B-6 can be deployed as a full-fabric switch or as an Access Gateway, which simplifies fabric topologies and heterogeneous fabric connectivity (the default mode setting is a switch). Access Gateway mode utilises N_Port ID virtualisation (NPIV) switch standards to present physical and virtual servers directly to the core of storage area network (SAN) fabrics. This makes a switch in Access Gateway mode transparent to the SAN fabric, greatly reducing management of the overall storage network. SAN24B-6 in Access Gateway mode can connect servers to SAN fabrics that are NPIV-enabled.

Maximising investments

To help optimise technology investments, IBM and its partners offer complete solutions that include professional services, technical support and education.

Benefits:

Gain maximum flexibility

Configurable with Ports on Demand (PoD) for 8, 16 or 24 ports and supports 4, 8, 16 or 32 Gbps speeds with proper transceivers. Includes an integrated power supply and four built-in fans.

Benefit from industry-leading technology

Delivers industry-leading Gen 5 and Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology in a flexible and easy-to-use solution, and is easy to deploy with the EZSwitchSetup wizard.

Adjust to evolving storage requirements

Provides advanced 32-Gbps performance to unleash the full potential of new storage technologies for the new high-performance application workloads.

Specifications:


SAN24B-6 Switch Specifications
System Architecture
Fibre Channel ports Switch mode (default): 8, 16, and 24-port configurations (8-port increment through PoD license); E, F, M, and D ports Access Gateway default port mapping: 16 F_Ports, 8 N_Ports
Scalability Full-fabric architecture with a maximum of 239 switches
Certified Maximum 9,000 active nodes; 56 switches, 19 hops in Fabric OS fabrics; larger fabrics certified as required
Performance Fibre Channel: 4.25 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 8.5 Gbps line speed, full duplex; 14.025 Gbps line speed, full duplex; auto-sensing of 4, 8, 16, and 32 Gbps port speeds
ISL Trunking Frame-based trunking with up to eight 32 Gbps ports per ISL trunk; up to 256 Gbps per ISL trunk. Exchange-based load balancing across ISLs with DPS included in Fabric OS.
Aggregate bandwidth 768 Gbps end-to-end full duplex
Maximum fabric Latency Latency for locally switched ports is 900 ns (including FEC)
Maximum frame size 2,112-byte payload
Frame buffers 2,000 dynamically allocated
Classes of service Class 2, Class 3, Class F (inter-switch frames)
Port types F_Port, E_Port, M_Port, D_Port (ClearLink Diagnostic Port) on 24 SFP+ ports.
Access Gateway mode: F_Port and NPIV-enabled N_Port
Data traffic types Fabric switches supporting unicast
Hot-swap components Small form-factor pluggables (SFPs)
Warranty One-year; customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site, 9×5 next-business-day response
Warranty service upgrades are available
Media types
  • 32 Gbps: SAN24B-6 requires hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector;
  • 32 Gbps SWL, LWL
  • 16 Gbps: SAN24B-6 requires hot-pluggable SFP+, LC connector;
  • 16 Gbps SWL, LWL, ELWL
  • Fibre Channel distance subject to fiber-optic cable and port speed
  • 4, 8, and 16 Gbps when using 16 Gbps SFP+ transceivers
  • 8, 16, and 32 Gbps when using 32 Gbps SFP+ transceivers
Port speed
  • 4, 8, and 16 Gbps when using 16 Gbps SFP+ transceivers
  • 8, 16, and 32 Gbps when using 32 Gbps SFP+ transceivers
USB One USB port for system log file downloads or firmware upgrades
Fabric services
  • Monitoring and Alerting Policy Suite (MAPS)
  • Flow Vision
  • Adaptive Networking (Traffic Isolation, quality of service)
  • Fabric Performance Impact (FPI) Monitoring
  • Slow Drain Device Quarantine (SDDQ)
  • Advanced Zoning (default zoning, port/WWN zoning, broadcast zoning, peer zoning, target-driven zoning)
  • Dynamic Fabric Provisioning (DFP)
  • Dynamic Path Selection (DPS)
  • Extended Fabrics
  • Enhanced BB credit recovery
  • FDMI
  • Frame Redirection
  • Frame-based Trunking
  • FSPF
  • ISL Trunking
  • Management Server
  • NPIV
  • NTP v3
  • Registered State Change Notification (RSCN)
  • Reliable Commit Service (RCS)
  • Simple Name Server (SNS)
  • Read Diagnostics Parameter (RDP)
  • VM Insight
Management
Supported Management software
  • HTTP, SNMP v1/v3 (FE MIB, FC Management MIB), SSH
  • Auditing, Syslog
  • Advanced Web Tools
  • IBM Network Advisor SAN Enterprise or IBM Network Advisor Professional Plus
  • CLI
  • SMI-S compliant
  • Administrative Domains
  • Trial licenses for add-on capabilities
Security
  • DH-CHAP (between switches and end devices)
  • FCAP switch authentication
  • HTTPS
  • IPSec
  • IP filtering
  • LDAP with IPv6
  • OpenLDAP
  • Port Binding
  • RADIUS
  • TACACS+
  • User-defined Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Secure Copy (SCP)
  • Secure RPC
  • Secure Syslog
  • SFTP
  • SSH V2
  • SSL
  • Switch binding
  • Trusted switch
Management access 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45), in-band over Fibre Channel, serial port (RJ-45), and one USB port
Diagnostics
  • ClearLink optics and cable diagnostics, including electrical/optical loopback, link traffic/latency/distance
  • Flow mirroring
  • Built-in flow generator
  • POST and embedded online/offline diagnostics, including environmental monitoring, FCping, and Pathinfo (FC traceroute)
  • Frame viewer
  • Nondisruptive daemon restart
  • Optics health monitoring
  • Power monitoring
  • RAStrace logging
  • Rolling Reboot Detection (RRD)
Mechanical
Enclosure Back-to-front airflow (non-port-side intake); power from back, 1U
Size Width: 42.88 cm (16.88 in.)
Height: 4.29 cm (1.69 in.)
Depth: 30.66 cm (12.07 in.)
System Weight 5.76 kg (12.65 lb) with one integrated power supply, without transceivers
Environmental
Operating environment Temperature: 0°C - 40°C (32°F - 104°F)
Humidity: 10% - 85% (non-condensing)
Non-operating environment Temperature: -25°C - 70°C (-13°F - 158°F)
Humidity: 10% - 90% (non-condensing)
Operating altitude Up to 3,000 m (9,842 ft)
Storage altitude Up to 12 km (39,370 ft)
Shock Operating: Up to 20 G, 6 ms half-sine
Non-operating: Half sine, 33 G 11 ms, 3G axis
Vibration Operating: 0.5 g sine, 0.4 grms random, 5 Hz to 500 Hz
Non-operating: 2.0 g sine, 1.1 grms random, 5 Hz to 500 Hz
Heat dissipation 24 ports at 215 BTU per hour
Power
Power supply Base switch includes a single, fixed power supply with four integrated system cooling fans
AC input 90 V - 264 V
Maximum input current 2.2 A
Input line frequency 47 to 63 Hz nominal
Power consumption 76.52 W with all 24 ports populated with 32 Gbps SWL optics 55.83 W for idle configuration (all optics loaded but not initialized)

Documentation:

Download the IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch Datasheet (.PDF)

Pricing Notes:

IBM Products
IBM Storage Networking b-type Switches
IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6 Switch
#8960-F24
Contact us for Pricing!