IBM Storage offers a 48-Port 64 Gbps Fibre Channel switching module to meet the performance needs of most demanding, modern NVMe-based data centers

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 121-090
November 23, 2021

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Key requirementsKey requirementsTechnical informationTechnical information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
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At a glance

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IBM® Storage Networking SAN192C-6, SAN384C-6, and SAN768C-6 deliver the latest advanced switching technology and are designed to integrate multiprotocol switching and routing, intelligent SAN services, and storage applications onto highly scalable SAN switching platforms.

The 48-Port 64 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) switching module offers the following benefits:

  • Industry-leading investment protection
  • Enhanced hardware for better NVMe/FC support with improved analytics
  • Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with SAN consolidation
  • Enterprise-class availability
  • Virtual machine-aware SAN deployment
  • Advanced traffic management
  • Advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools
  • Comprehensive solution for robust security
  • Backward interoperability and compatibility
  • Nondisruptive upgrade


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Overview

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IBM Storage Networking c-type family lowers TCO for storage networking by combining robust and flexible hardware architecture, multiple layers of network and storage intelligence, and compatibility with all c-type family line cards. This powerful combination helps organizations build highly available, scalable storage networks with comprehensive security and unified management.

IBM 48-Port 64 Gbps FC switching modules deliver predictable performance, scalability, and innovative features to support modern data centers. With industry-leading 768 line rate 64 Gbps FC ports per director, the 64 Gbps 48-port F switching module meets the high-performance needs for NVMe over FC and flash memory storage.



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Key requirements

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  • NX-OS software release 9.x, or later, is required for Supervisor-4 and Fabric-3 support
  • NX-OS software release 9.2 (1), required for the IBM 48-Port 64 Gbps feature AJL7


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Planned availability date

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December 3, 2021

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Description

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The 48-Port 64-Gbps FC switching module delivers full-duplex aggregate performance of 3072 Gbps, making it well-suited for high-speed 64-Gbps storage subsystems, 64-Gbps Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), high-performance virtualized servers, and NVMe and all-flash arrays.

The switching module is hot swappable and compatible with 16 and 32 Gbps FC interfaces. This module supports hot-swappable enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) transceivers. Individual ports can be configured with 64, 32, and 16 Gbps SFP+ transceivers.

The 48-Port 64-Gbps FC switching module also provides existing features such as predictable performance, integrated virtual SAN and Inter-VSAN Routing, resilient high-performance ISLs, hardware-assisted slow-drain support, comprehensive security frameworks, fault detection, and isolation of errored packets.

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Product number

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The following are newly announced features on the specified models of the IBM System Storage 8978 machine types:

Description Machine type Model number Feature number
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle 8978 E04 AJL7
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle 8978 E08 AJL7
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle 8978 E16 AJL7



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Business Partner information

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BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 121-090


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Publications

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No publications are shipped with the announced products.

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Additional support

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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
  • IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6, SAN384C-6, or SAN768C-6
  • For new orders, feature AJN1, AJN3, or AJN5 are required
  • For MES orders where existing features AJN0, AJN2, or AJN4 are present, feature AJN6 and AJN9, or AJNB, or AJND are required
Software requirements
  • NX-OS software release 9.x, or later, is required for Supervisor-4 and Fabric-3 support
  • NX-OS software release 9.2 (1), required for IBM 48-Port 64 Gbps feature AJL7

Planning information

Cable orders

None.

Security, auditability, and control

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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Terms and conditions

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MES discount applicable

Equal to the volume commitment discount


Field installable feature

Yes


Warranty period

One year

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Client setup

No


Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine


Optional features warranty period

Optional features - One year



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Prices

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The following are newly announced features of the IBM System Storage 8978 machine type:

Description Model Feature number Initial / MES / Both / Support CSU RP MES
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle E04 AJL7 Both No No
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle E08 AJL7 Both No No
48-port 64Gbps FC Switching Module and 32G SW Bundle E16 AJL7 Both No No

CSU = Customer setup

RP MES = Returnable parts MES



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Regional availability

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American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, United States, and US Virgin Islands

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