IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6

What SAN768C-6 Can Do For Your Business

IBM Storage Networking SAN768C-6 has the industry’s highest port density for a SAN director, featuring 768 line-rate 32 Gbps Fibre Channel ports. Designed to support multi-protocol workloads, SAN768C-6 enables SAN consolidation and collapsed-core solutions for large enterprises, thereby reducing the number of managed switches and leading to easy-to-manage deployments. By reducing the number of front-panel ports used on Inter-Switch Links (ISLs), it also offers room for future growth. SAN768C-6 addresses the mounting storage requirements of today’s large virtualized data centers.


Supports large storage area networks

Enable large, scalable deployment of storage area network (SAN) extension solutions with the 24/10-port SAN Extension Module.

Delivers different networking options

Deliver high availability with fully redundant components, and enable exceptional networking capabilities..

Deploys SAN capabilities

Deploy virtual SANs (VSANs) for consolidating physical SAN islands while maintaining logical boundaries.

Allows sharing resources across VSANs

Provide inter-VSAN routing (IVR) for sharing resources across VSANs.

Key features of IBM SAN768C-6 Director

Lowers TCO with SAN consolidation

With exponential data growth and the pressures to do more with less, organizations need to deploy large-scale SANs in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. SAN768C-6 can meet both scalability and TCO requirements. It offers industry leading port densities of up to 768 32-Gbps Fibre Channel ports per chassis—so there’s plenty of room to grow in the future.

Supports enterprise networks

SAN768C-6 is designed for high availability. Beyond meeting the basic requirements of non-disruptive software upgrades and redundancy of critical hardware components, the SAN768C-6 software architecture offers outstanding availability. Its supervisor modules automatically restart failed processes, making the SAN768C-6 exceptionally robust.

Transforms business enterprises with cloud deployment

Enterprise clouds provide organizations with elastic compute and network capabilities, enabling IT to scale up or scale down resources on an as-needed basis in a quick and cost-efficient manner. SAN768C-6 meets the needs of enterprise clouds by providing outstanding scalability, pay-as-you-grow flexibility, robust security for multi-tenant cloud applications, consistent high performance to meet stringent service-level agreements and other cloud deployment features.

Easy IT Management

To meet the needs of all users, SAN768C-6 supports management via NX-API, the Storage Networking c-type Family command-line interface (CLI), DCNM and third-storage management tools. NX-API is a representational State Transfer (REST) API-based framework for NX-OS. It provides output of CLIs in an easy-to-read Extensible Markup Language (XML) or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format for simple scriptability.

Delivers comprehensive solution for robust security

The extensive security framework of SAN768C-6 protects sensitive data crossing enterprise networks. It features intelligent, port-level packet inspection, including the use of access control lists (ACLs) for hardware enforcement of zones, VSANs and advanced port security features.

Offers advanced diagnostics and troubleshooting tools

Management of large-scale storage networks requires proactive diagnostics, tools to verify connectivity and route latency, and mechanisms for capturing and analyzing traffic. Comprehensive port-based and flow-based statistics enable sophisticated performance analysis and SLA accounting. Integrated Call Home provides faster problem resolution and reduced service costs. With SAN768C-6, IBM delivers a comprehensive toolset for troubleshooting,analysis and debugging of storage networks.