IBM Storage Networking SAN32C-6 switch

What the IBM SAN32C-6 can do for your business

IBM Storage Networking SAN32C-6 provides high-speed Fibre Channel connectivity from the server rack to the SAN core. This switch empowers organizations that are rapidly deploying cloud-scale applications using highly dense virtualized servers, by providing higher bandwidth and consolidation. Designed to benefit both small-scale and large-scale SAN deployments, it delivers outstanding flexibility through a unique port expansion module that provides a cost-effective, field swappable port upgrade option. You gain the day-one option of upgrading to 32-Gbps server connectivity using 32-Gbps HBAs.


Rapidly deploy cloud-scale applications

Use high density of virtualized servers with low density of switch ports to gain higher bandwidth and consolidation

Consolidate server ports

Consolidate current 16-Gbps HBA installed base to meet your future needs to grow the number of ports

Simplify IT

Reduce network complexity and simplify management through consolidation

Deploy dedicated SAN

Support the performance and scale required for a dedicated, standalone Fibre Channel SAN without requiring other switching infrastructure

Improve performance

Leverage lower latency to improve performance of storage workloads

Lower costs

Deploy the 32-Gbps-capable ports on existing 16/8/4-Gbps transceivers and gain capital expenditure savings

Key features of IBM SAN32C-6 Fabric Switch

High performance

Provides 32-Gbps line-rate, non-blocking, predictable, low-latency performance across all traffic conditions for every Fibre Channel port in the switch.

High availability

Provides optional redundancy on all major components such as power supply and fan. Dual power supplies allow power grid redundancy.

Pay-as-you-grow scalability

Provides an option to deploy as few as eight 32-Gbps Fibre Channel ports in the entry-level variant, which can grow by eight ports to 16 ports and thereafter with a port expansion module with sixteen 32-Gbps ports, to up to 32 ports. This results in lower initial investment and power consumption for entry-level configurations of up to 16 ports when compared with a fully loaded switch. This also reduces the overhead of managing multiple instances of port activation licenses on the switch.

Capital Expenditure (CapEx) savings

Allows users to deploy on existing 16/8/4-Gbps transceivers, reducing capital expenditure with an option to upgrade to 32-Gbps transceivers and adapters in the future.

Benefits both small-scale and large-scale SAN deployments

Small-scale SAN architectures can be built from the ground up using a low-cost, non-blocking, line-rate and low-latency fixed standalone SAN switch connecting both storage and host ports. Medium- to large-scale SAN architectures built with SAN core directors can expand 32-Gbps connectivity to the server rack using these switches either in switch mode or Network Port Virtualization mode.