IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6
Meet the demands of hyper-scale virtualization, larger cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments
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What IBM Storage Networking SAN64B-6 does for your business

The IBM® Storage Networking SAN64B-6 switch is designed to meet the demands of hyper-scale virtualization, larger cloud infrastructures and growing flash-based storage environments by delivering market-leading Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities. SAN64B-6 provides a high-density storage networking building block for increased scalability designed to support growth, demanding workloads and data center consolidation in small to large-scale enterprise infrastructures.

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Increase performance

Shatter application performance barriers with up to 100 million input/output operations per second (IOPS) and increased performance for demanding workloads across 32 Gbps links.

Gain industry-leading port density

Leverage high scalability in an ultra-dense, 1U, 64-port switch and deliver greater hardware consolidation with fewer switches.

Improve hardware consolidation

Utilize 128 Gbps port speeds for greater hardware consolidation with fewer optics and cables required to connect switches.

Uncover performance issues

Detect degraded application performance with built-in device latency and IOPS metrics.

Improve resiliency

Increase resiliency by automatically discovering and recovering from device or network errors. Simplify troubleshooting with real-time and historical visibility in a single dashboard.

Ensure predictable performance

Validate and benchmark the physical infrastructure to ensure predictable performance prior to deployment.

Key features of IBM SAN64B-6
Port-on-demand scalability

Enjoy simple, pay-as-you-grow scalability for on-demand configuration flexibility of 24, 36, 48 and 64 ports.

Fabric Vision technology capabilities

Simplify administration with unprecedented insight and visibility across the storage extension network including tools to validate and troubleshoot long-distance link issues.

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IBM Network Advisor

Leverage simplified networking management, enabling administrators to proactively diagnose and resolve issues to maximize uptime, increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.

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IO Insight and VM Insight Intelligence

Gain deep insights into performance and availability across physical and virtual infrastructures, to quickly identify issues and understand key performance, health and utilization trends. This will allow administrators to optimize performance and safeguard operational stability.

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Technical specifications
Product Number
  • 8960-F64 (Front/Port-Side Exhaust)
  • 8960-N64 (Rear/Non-Port Side Exhaust)

Hot-swap components

Small form-factor pluggables SFPs


One-year; customer-replaceable unit (CRU); and onsite, next-business-day response; warranty service upgrades are available

Optional features

Please refer to the IBM Storage Networking SAN128B-6 Redbooks Product Guide to review most current optional features.


Width: 44.0 cm (17.32 in.); Depth: 35.56 cm (14 in.); Height: 4.39 cm (1.73 in.)

System weight

7.73 kg (17 lb) with two power supplies, without transceivers

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