IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 director-class SAN switch

What SAN192C-6 can do for your business

IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 is a director-class SAN switch designed for deployment in small to mid-sized storage networks that can support enterprise clouds and business transformation. It layers a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric. SAN192C-6 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments. It delivers uncompromising availability, security, scalability, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions.


Pay-as-you-grow flexibility

Enables meeting scalability needs in the cloud.

Robust security

Enables deploying multitenant cloud applications.

Predictable performance

Helps meet stringent service level agreements (SLAs).

Resilient connectivity

Enables an always-on cloud infrastructure.

Advanced traffic management

Allows rapid and cost-efficient allocation of network capabilities to cloud applications.

Integrated mainframe support

Supports IBM z Systems FICON and Linux environments.

Key features of IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 Multilayer Director

Scalable expansion with outstanding investment protection

SAN192C-6 is designed to make optimal use of valuable data center floor space. It is 15.6 inches tall (9RU) and allows up to four SAN192C-6 Directors per standard 7-foot rack (42RU). A smaller footprint makes it an excellent candidate for deployment in smaller storage networks as well as pod-based converged data center infrastructure solutions for the cloud.

Enterprise class availability

SAN192C-6 is designed for high availability and to meet the requirements of non-disruptive software upgrades and redundancy of all critical hardware components. SAN192C-6 software architecture offers outstanding availability. SAN192C-6 provides redundancy on all major hardware components, including the supervisor and fabric modules as well as the power supplies.

Business transformation with enterprise cloud deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic computing and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale resources up or down as needed in a quick and cost-efficient manner. SAN192C-6provides industry-leading scalability and features for certain enterprise cloud deployments, including pay-as-you-grow flexibility to meet the scalability needs in the cloud.

Integrated mainframe support

SAN192C-6 supports the FICON protocol in both cascaded and non-cascaded fabrics, as well as an intermix of FICON and open-systems Fibre Channel Protocol traffic on the same switch. IBM control unit port (CUP) support enables in-band management of SAN c-type Family switches from mainframe management applications and supports a fabric-binding feature that helps ensure that inter-switch links (ISLs) are enabled only between specified switches in the fabric-binding configuration.

Comprehensive solution for robust security

SAN192C-6 offers an extensive security framework to protect highly sensitive data crossing today’s enterprise storage networks. It employs intelligent packet inspection at the port level, including the application of access control lists (ACLs) for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs, and advanced port-security features. It also uses Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) and Cisco TrustSec Fibre Channel link encryption mechanisms to provide comprehensive security for storage networks.

Technical specifications

Model 8978-E04
Chassis slot configuration
  • Line-card slots: 4
  • Supervisor slots: 2
  • Crossbar switching fabric slots: 6*
  • Fan trays: 3 fan trays at the back of the chassis
  • Power supply bays: 4
Hot-swappable components Power supplies, fan modules, small form-factor pluggables, supervisor modules, fabric modules
Warranty One year, IBM On-Site Limited, 24×7 same-day maintenance; service options available
Dimensions (H x W x D)

Chassis dimensions (9RU): 39.62 cm (15.6 in.) x 43.90 cm (17.3 in.) x81.30 cm (32 in.)

  • SAN192C-6 48-Port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel Switching Module: 4.4 cm x 40.39 cm x 55.37 cm (1.75 in. x 15.9 in. x 21.8 in.)
  • Fabric-1 module: 82.3 cm x 5.13 cm x 25.96 cm (32.40 in. x 2.02 in.x 10.22 in.)
  • Fan tray: 91.87 cm x 13.08 cm x 4.75 cm (36.17 in. x 5.15 in. x 1.87in.)
  • SFP+: 1.25 cm x 1.36 cm x 5.65 cm (0.49 in. x 0.54 in. x 2.22 in.)
  • Chassis depth including cable management and chassis doors is 965.2 mm (38 in.)

Unit is rack mountable in a standard 482.6-mm (19-inch) EIA rack; unit is also 2-post rack mountable

Optional Features 48-port 32Gbps FC Module and 16G SW Bundle (#AJL2), 48-port 32Gbps FC Switching Module (#AJL4), 24/10-port SAN Extension Module (#AJL5), SAN192C-6 Fabric-1 Switching Module (#AJK9), Enterprise Package (#AJJ9), DCNM SAN Advanced Edition (#AJJA), Mainframe Package (#AJJB), small form-factor pluggables, fans*, AJN6 Supervisor-4 Module, AJN9 Fabric-3 Module
  • Chassis only: 65.80 kg (145 lb)
  • Fully configured: 147.42 kg (325 lb)
  • 48-port 32-Gbps Fibre Channel line card: 7.94 kg (17.5 lb)
  • Fabric-1 module: 9.07 kg (20 lb)• Fan tray: 5.76 kg (12.7 lb)
  • Supervisor blank cover: 0.5 kg (1.1 lb)
  • Line-card blank cover: 2.04 kg (4.5 lb)
Recycling Parts IBM does not recommend the removal of its product batteries due to safety reasons. Please utilize the IBM Product Collection and Recycling Take Back Programs.

* For more information, please refer to the IBM Storage Networking SAN192C-6 Redbooks Product Guide