IBM System Networking SAN96B-5 switch

What IBM System Networking SAN96B-5 can do for your business

The IBM® System Networking SAN96B-5 switch is a high-density, purpose-built, foundational building block for large and growing storage area network (SAN) infrastructures. It is designed to provide a highly resilient, scalable and simplified network infrastructure for storage. By delivering market-leading Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology and capabilities with 16 Gbps performance, SAN96B-5 meets the demands of growing, dynamic workloads; evolving, virtualized data-centers; and highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud storage environments.


Gain storage flexibility

Support virtualized private and hybrid cloud storage environments and data center consolidation with high scalability in an ultra-dense, Gen 5 Fibre Channel 96-port switch.

Scale easily

Enable “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility using the Ports on Demand feature with speeds up to 16 Gbps.

Simplify management

Fabric Vision technology provides enhanced capabilities for managing your storage network to reduce operational costs and optimize application performance.

Enhance security

Provide data center-to-data center security and bandwidth savings with up to eight in-flight encryption and compression ports.

Key features of the SAN96B-5

Outstanding scalability for demanding workloads

SAN96B-5 features 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U form factor, delivering scalability, reliability and performance in a flexible, easy-to-deploy enterprise-class switch. Along with increased throughput, SAN96B-5 helps improve bandwidth utilization, security, and network visibility and management through in-flight data compression, encryption and advanced diagnostics. SAN96B-5 is designed for maximum flexibility and offers “pay-as-you-grow” scalability with the Ports on Demand (PoD) feature.

Fabric operating system and management software

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Fabric OS (FOS) v7.1 or later is included with each SAN96B-5 and provides all the functions necessary to operate a base system. The Advanced Web Tools, Advanced Zoning, Virtual Fabrics, Full Fabric, Adaptive Networking, Server Application Optimization and Enhanced Group Management features are included in the base FOS – as well as Fabric Vision technology capabilities, such as ClearLink diagnostics, bottleneck detection, Forward Error Correction and Credit Loss Recovery.

Enterprise-class reliability and availability

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SAN96B-5 leverages proven enterprise-class Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology to deliver outstanding reliability to support nonstop operations for mission-critical workloads. SAN96B-5 uses Fabric Vision technology, which leverages hardware, FOS and IBM Network Advisor integration to provide advanced functions. It features advanced monitoring, diagnostics, reliability, availability and serviceability capabilities to minimize downtime, optimize performance and simplify administration.

Simplified management and robust network analytics

SAN96B-5 with Fabric Vision technology, an extension of
Gen 5 Fibre Channel, provides a breakthrough hardware and software solution that helps simplify monitoring, maximize network availability and dramatically reduce costs. Featuring innovative monitoring, management and diagnostic capabilities, Fabric Vision technology enables administrators to avoid problems before they impact operations, helping organizations meet service level agreements (SLAs).

A building block for virtualized, private cloud storage

SAN96B-5 is a critical building block for today’s virtualized, private cloud storage environments. It simplifies server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure management while meeting the high-throughput demands of SSDs. SAN96B-5 also supports multi-tenancy in cloud environments with Virtual Fabrics, quality of service (QoS) and fabric-based zoning features. Internal, fault-tolerant and enterprise-class reliability, availability and serviceability features help minimize downtime.

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