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IBM System Networking SAN64B-6 Installation, Service, and User Guide (8960-F64/N64, F65/N65)

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This document describes how to install and service the IBM System Networking SAN64B-6 switch.


The IBM SAN64B-6 offers the following features and capabilities:
  • Up to 48 auto-sensing ports supporting high-performance 32-Gbps SFP+ ports technology in a singledomain.
  • Up to four 128-Gbps (4 x 32-Gbps) QSFP ports to connect to the QSFP ports of another IBM SAN64B-6device.
  • Dynamic Ports on Demand (Dynamic-POD) scaling from a base configuration of 24 ports to 64 ports(two 12-port SFP+ PODs and one 16-port QSFP POD).
  • 4-, 8-, 16-, and 32-Gbps auto-sensing Fibre Channel switch and router ports.
    • A 32-Gbps optical transceiver can auto-negotiate to 32 Gbps, 16 Gbps, or 8 Gbps.
    • A 16-Gbps optical transceiver can auto-negotiate to 16 Gbps, 8 Gbps, or 4 Gbps.
    • A 10Gb/s optical transceiver can autonegotiate to 10Gb/s.
Note: The port speed is determined by the maximum speed supported by the optical transceiver at theother end of the link.
  • 10-Gbps manually set capability on FC ports (requires the optional 10-Gigabit FCIP/Fibre Channellicense).
    • 10-Gbps performance is enabled by 10-Gbps SFP+ transceivers.
    • Ports can be configured for 10-Gbps for metro connectivity.

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14 October 2016

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26 September 2022