Why IBM for your business-critical data?

IBM Storage Networking b-type Fibre Channel SAN products build the most reliable, high performance storage networks that can start small and scale to thousands of devices, connecting tens of thousands of applications to their critical storage.  

The IBM b-type portfolio includes a variety of Gen 5 and Gen 6 Fibre Channel switches, directors, and extension appliances that enable you to modernize your traditional workloads with high-density server and storage virtualization, flash storage, and cloud infrastructure.

These b-type products offer advanced Fabric Vision technology, which allows you to realize cost savings for setup, maintaining, and troubleshooting even the largest of SAN fabrics while meeting critical service level agreement (SLA) objectives to help ensure nonstop operations.

Why IBM for your business-critical data?

Enterprise SAN directors

Enterprise solutions deliver the highest availability and scalability

IBM Storage Networking SAN512B-6 and SAN256B-6

Designed to meet relentless growth and mission-critical application demands, these directors are an ideal platform for large enterprise environments that require increased capacity, greater throughput and higher levels of resiliency.


IBM System Storage SAN768B-2 and SAN384B-2

Fabric backbones are among the industry's most powerful Fibre Channel switching infrastructure offerings, providing reliable, scalable, high-performance foundations for private or hybrid cloud storage and highly virtualized environments.


Mid-range SAN Brocade switches

Scalable, affordable solutions for enterprises and small and midsize businesses

IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6

Provides the tools to optimize NVMe storage and automate SAN management tasks, with a high port density building block and a management platform designed to support application, data and storage growth.

IBM System Networking SAN96B-5

High-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing SAN infrastructures. Delivers Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with 16 Gbps performance to support growing, dynamic workloads and highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud storage environments.

IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6

Designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale virtualization, larger cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments by delivering b-type Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology.

IBM System Storage SAN48B-5

Designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale private or hybrid cloud storage environments by delivering Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology with 16 Gbps performance.

Entry SAN Brocade switches

Simple, affordable solutions for small and midsize businesses

IBM Storage Networking SAN24B-6

Entry-level SAN Brocade 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 to support an evolving storage environment.


IBM System Networking SAN24B-5

Provides outstanding price to performance value, combining flexibility, simplicity and enterprise-class functionality in an entry-level switch.

IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express

Compact, high-performance, easy-to-install Fibre Channel SAN Brocade switch that enables multiple servers to connect to external disk and tape systems. Supports most common operating systems and connects to most common servers and external storage devices. Supports server virtualization.

Extension SAN Brocade switches

Addressing disaster recovery, performance and connectivity requirements

IBM System Storage SAN42B-R extension switch

Designed to address the most demanding disaster-recovery requirements. Helps maximize application performance over WAN links with 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, 1/10 and 40 Gbps ports. Enterprise-class extension switch offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with capacity-on-demand upgrades.

IBM System Storage SAN06B-R multiprotocol router

Entry-level multiprotocol extension router designed to connect two SANs over a wide distance using the Internet as the interconnection fabric (upgrades to enterprise-level functions are available). This Brocade storage router supports business continuity solutions between supported servers at one site and support servers or IBM System Storage disk or tape devices at a distant location.


Industry-leading technology

Fabric vision technology

Includes IO Insight, an extension of Gen 6 Fibre Channel. Provides unprecedented insight and visibility across the storage network with powerful built-in monitoring, management and diagnostic. Simplifies monitoring, increases operational stability and dramatically reduces costs.

IBM Network Advisor

Simplifies storage network management and helps you proactively diagnose and troubleshoot issues to maximize uptime, increase operational efficiency, and reduce costs. Provides unprecedented visibility and insight into the SAN fabric through integration with Fabric Vision technology.

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