Key features of the SAN48C-6

High performance

SAN48C-6 architecture, with centralized nonblocking arbitration, provides consistent 32-Gbps low-latency performance across all traffic conditions for every Fibre Channel port on the switch.


Fibre Channel and Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) headers can be inspected without the need for any external taps or appliances. The resulting metrics can be analyzed on the switch and also exported using a dedicated 1- or 10-Gbps Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) port for telemetry and analytics purposes.

Next-generation ASIC

The SAN48C-6 Fibre Channel switch is powered by the same high-performance 32-Gbps IBM ASIC that powers the IBM MDS 32-Gbps Fibre Channel product portfolio.

Intelligent network services

Auto-zone, Smart Zoning, slow-drain detection and isolation, Virtual SAN (VSAN) and Inter-VSAN routing (IVR), and fabricwide Quality of Service (QoS) enable migration from SAN islands to enterprise-wide storage networks. Traffic encryption is optionally available to meet stringent security requirements.

Programmable fabric

The SAN48C-6 provides powerful Representational State Transfer (REST) and IBMNX-API capabilities to enable flexible and rapid programming of utilities for the SAN.

Single-pane management

Users can provision, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot the SAN48C-6 using IBM Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), which currently manages the entire suite of IBM data center products.

Secure-boot and anti-counterfeiting technology

The SAN48C-6 uses onboard hardware that protects the entire system from malicious attacks by securing access to critical components such as the bootloader, system image loader, and Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) interface.

Capital expenditure (CapEx) savings

The 32-Gbps ports allow users to deploy them with existing 16- or 8-Gbps transceivers provide investment protection with an option to upgrade to 32-Gbps transceivers and adapters whenever needed.

Grow in-small increments

The SAN48C-6 Fibre Channel switch provides an option to deploy as few as twenty-four 32-Gbps Fibre Channel ports in the entry-level variant, which can grow in increments of 8 ports to up to 48 ports. This setup allows four possible configurations of 24, 32, 40, and 48 ports.

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