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IBM System networking SAN 96B-5 Switch

IBM System networking SAN 96B-5 Switch

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Learn about IBM System networking SAN 96B-5 Switch. SAN96B-5 provides industry-leading scalability, reliability and perfor-mance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch that enables greater data center consolidation, operational efficiency and business con-tinuity. In addition to increased throughput, it helps improve bandwidth utilization, security, and network visibility and management through in-flight data compression, encryption and advanced diagnostics. This is an ideal switch for bandwidth-intensive workloads that require a large number of ports. For more information on IBM Storage Systems, visit http://ibm.co/LIg7gk.



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Learn about IBM System networking SAN 96B-5 Switch. SAN96B-5 provides industry-leading scalability, reliability and perfor-mance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch that enables greater data center consolidation, operational efficiency and business con-tinuity. In addition to increased throughput, it helps improve bandwidth utilization, security, and network visibility and management through in-flight data compression, encryption and advanced diagnostics. This is an ideal switch for bandwidth-intensive workloads that require a large number of ports. For more information on IBM Storage Systems, visit http://ibm.co/LIg7gk.



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IBM Systems and Technology
Data Sheet
IBM System NetworkingSAN96B-5 switch
Scalable enterprise-class SAN switch for highlyvirtualized cloud environments 
Highlights
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Support highly virtualized private andhybrid cloud storage environments anddata center consolidation with high scal-ability in an ultra-dense, Gen 5 FibreChannel 96-port switch
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Enable “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility—from 48 to 96 ports—using the Portson Demand (PoD) feature with speeds upto 16 Gbps
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Provide data center-to-data centersecurity and bandwidth savings withup to eight in-flight encryption and com-pression ports
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Help maximize application uptime andperformance while reducing overall operational expenses with ClearLink diagnostictechnology (D_Ports)
 To meet dynamic and growing business demands, data centers areevolving into highly virtualized environments with cloud-based architec-tures. This approach enables organizations to consolidate and simplify their IT resources, resulting in increased business agility and lower capitaland operating expenses. However, enterprise data centers must be able tokeep pace with the changes driven by these increasingly virtualized work-loads and storage resources. Selecting the right network is therefore key to realizing the full benefits of these cloud-based architectures. The IBM® System Networking SAN96B-5 switch is a high-density,purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storagearea network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide highly resilient, scalable and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading, Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabili-ties with 16 Gbps performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of grow-ing, dynamic workloads; evolving, virtualized data-centers; and highly  virtualized, private and hybrid cloud storage environments.SAN96B-5 provides industry-leading scalability, reliability and perfor-mance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch that enablesgreater data center consolidation, operational efficiency and business con-tinuity. In addition to increased throughput, it helps improve bandwidthutilization, security, and network visibility and management throughin-flight data compression, encryption and advanced diagnostics. This isan ideal switch for bandwidth-intensive workloads that require a largenumber of ports.
 
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 The SAN96B-5 switch unleashes the full potential of high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures andnext-generation storage. Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology isdesigned to be the purpose-built, data center-proven network infrastructure for storage, delivering outstanding performance,reliability and simplicity. By treating the network as a strategicpart of a highly virtualized environment, organizations canincrease optimization and efficiency even as they rapidly scaletheir environments.
 Outstanding scalability for demandingworkloads and data center consolidation
SAN96B-5 features 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U formfactor, delivering industry-leading port density and space utili-zation for data center consolidation. Designed for maximumflexibility, this enterprise-class switch offers “pay-as-you-grow”scalability with the PoD feature. Organizations can quickly,easily and cost-effectively scale from 48 to 96 ports in 24-port increments, each supporting 2, 4, 8, 10 or 16 Gbps. In addition,flexible, high-speed 16 Gbps and 8 Gbps optics allow organiza-tions to deploy bandwidth on demand to meet growing datacenter needs. For maximum rack flexibility, two models withdifferent airflow options are available to support the latest hot aisle/cold aisle configurations.
Fabric operating system andmanagement software
Included with each SAN96B-5, the Fabric OS (FOS) v7.1 orlater provides all functions necessary to operate a base system. The Advanced Web Tools, Advanced Zoning, Virtual Fabrics,Full Fabric, Adaptive Networking, Server ApplicationOptimization and Enhanced Group Management features areincluded in the base FOS and do not require a license:
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 Advanced Web Tools
enable graphical user interface(GUI)-based administration, configuration and maintenanceof fabric switches and SANs.
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 Advanced Zoning 
segments a fabric into virtual privateSANs to restrict device communication and apply certainpolicies only to members within the same zone.
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 Virtual Fabrics
allow a physical switch to be partitioned intoindependently managed logical switches, each with its owndata, control and management paths.
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Full Fabric
allows a switch to be connected to anotherswitch. It is required to enable expansion ports (E_Ports).
High-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growingStorage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures
 
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 Adaptive Networking 
service is a set of features that provides users with tools and capabilities for incorporatingnetwork policies to ensure optimal behavior in a large SAN.FOS v7.0 supports two types of quality-of-service (QoS)features with the 16 Gbps fabric backbones: ingress ratelimiting and session ID (SID)/DID-based prioritization.
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Server Application Optimization (SAO)
enhances overallperformance and virtual machine scalability by extendingb-type data center fabric technologies to the server infra-structure. SAO enables individual traffic flows to be specifi-cally configured, prioritized and optimized, from end to end,throughout the data center.
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Enhanced Group Management (EGM)
enables additionaldevice-level management functionality for IBM b-type SANproducts when added to the element management. It alsoallows large consolidated operations—such as firmwaredownloads and configuration uploads and downloads—forgroups of devices. The SAN96B-5 switch is designed to be easily upgradable witha low incremental cost by using its PoD capability of 48, 72 or96 ports and selected optional features. Advanced capabilitiescan be enabled with the following optional license activationfeatures:
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 Advanced Performance Monitoring 
helps identify end-to-end bandwidth usage by host/target pairs and isdesigned to provide for capacity planning.
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Fabric Watch 
constantly monitors mission-critical switchoperations for potential faults and automatically alerts admin-istrators to problems before they become costly failures. Thisfeature also includes port-fencing capabilities.
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Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking 
enables Fibre Channelpackets to be distributed efficiently across multiple ISLsbetween two IBM b-type SAN fabric switches and directors while preserving in-order delivery. Both b-type SAN devicesmust have trunking activated. SAN96B-5 adds enhancedISL Trunking support using 16 Gbps ports and enablesFibre Channel packets to be distributed across up to eight 16 Gbps-capable ISLs for a combined bandwidth of up to128 Gbps.
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Extended Fabrics
extends SAN fabrics beyond theFibre Channel standard of 10 km by optimizing internalswitch buffers to maintain performance on ISLs connectedat extended distances.
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24-port Activation 
provides the SAN96B-5 switch with twoadditional increments of 24 ports that can be enabled ondemand. The SAN96B-5 switch ships with the first 48 portsactivated in the base product.
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Integrated Routing 
allows any 16 Gbps Fibre Channel port in SAN96B-5 to be configured as an EX_Port supportingFibre Channel Routing.
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Integrated 10 Gbps Fibre Channel Activation 
enablesFibre Channel ports on SAN96B-5 to operate at 10 Gbps;this 10 Gbps activation license must be installed before any port can run at 10 Gbps.
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Enterprise Advanced Bundle
offers a convenient set of optional features bundled into one orderable feature number.It includes one license for each of the following features:Fabric Watch, Extended Fabric, Advanced Performance Monitor and Trunking Activation.IBM Network Advisor software supports SAN96B-5 Gen5 Fibre Channel technology by providing end-to-end manage-ment of data center fabrics from storage ports on networkedstorage systems to host bus adapters attached to physical or virtualized servers. IBM Network Advisor v12.0 or later isnecessary to support transitions to cloud environments.
Enterprise-class reliability, availabilityand serviceability
SAN96B-5 leverages proven enterprise-class Gen 5 FibreChannel technology to deliver outstanding reliability tosupport non-stop operations for mission-critical workloads.SAN96B-5 utilizes Fabric Vision technology, which leverageshardware, FOS and IBM Network Advisor integration toprovide advanced functions. It features advanced monitoring,

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