IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R

What IBM SAN50C-R can do for your business

IBM Storage Networking SAN50C-R is an optimized platform for deploying high-performance SAN extension solutions, distributed intelligent fabric services and cost-effective multi-protocol connectivity for both open systems and mainframe environments. With a compact form factor and advanced capabilities normally available only on director-class switches, SAN50C-R is an ideal solution for departmental and remote branch-office SANs as well as large-scale SANs in conjunction with the IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 Director.


Enable SAN consolidation

Enable storage area network (SAN) consolidation with integrated multiprotocol support.

Deliver high-performance FCIP

Enable cost-effective, high-performing Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) connectivity for open systems and mainframe environments and fast disaster recovery.

Support virtual storage area networks

Leverage support for virtual storage area networks (SANs), which are ideal for efficient, secure SAN consolidation.

Key features of IBM SAN50C-R Fabric Switch

Inter-VSAN routing FCIP for remote SAN extension

Enable data to transit virtual storage area network (VSAN) boundaries while maintaining control plane isolation, thereby maintaining fabric stability and availability with inter-VSAN routing Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) for remote SAN extension.

I/O Accelerator Services

Significantly improve application performance when storage traffic is extended across long distances.

Robust network security

Protect highly sensitive data crossing the enterprise network with smart zoning, intelligent packet inspection and extended zoning capabilities.

Advanced FICON services

Support FICON environments, including cascaded FICON fabrics, VSAN-enabled intermix of mainframe and open systems environments, and N-port ID virtualization (NPIV) for mainframe Linux partitions.

Technical specifications

Model 8977-R50
Hot-swappable components Power supplies, fan modules, small form-factor pluggables
Warranty One-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU), IBM On-Site Limited, 9x5 Next Business Day; 24×7 sameday maintenance service options are available
Dimensions 975 mm (3.84 in.) H x 437 mm (17.22 in.) W x 543 mm (21.4 in.) D, 2RUs; all units rack-mountable in standard 19-inch Electronic Industries Alliance [EIA] rack)
Weight Fully configured chassis: 10.2 kg (22.4 lb)
Airflow Front to back
Ports 40 ports of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel and 10 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Link speeds Port speed: 4/8/16 Gbps autosensing, optionally configurable
Optional features Enterprise Package (#AJJ4), I/O Accelerator (#AJJ5), Mainframe Package (#AJJ6), DCNM SAN Advanced Edition (#AJJ7), 20-port Fibre Channel Upgrade License (#AJJ8)
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