TotalStorage SAN16B-2 Express Model
A single SAN16B-2 Express Model switch can serve as the cornerstone of a Storage Area Network for those who want to obtain the benefits of storage consolidation and are just beginning to implement Fibre Channel storage systems. Such an entry-level configuration can consist of one or two Fibre Channel links to a disk storage array or to an LTO tape drive. An entry-level eight-port storage consolidation solution can support up to seven servers with a single path to either disk or tape. The Ports on Demand feature is designed to enable a base switch to grow to sixteen ports to support more servers and more storage devices without taking the switch offline.
A high-availability solution can be created with redundant switches. This capability is ideal for server clustering environments. Such a configuration can support from six to fourteen servers, each with dual Fibre Channel adapters cross-connected to redundant SAN16B-2 Express Model switches which are cross-connected to a dual-controller storage system.
While the focus of the SAN16B-2 Express Model is as the foundation of small to medium-sized SANs, it can be configured to participate as a full member in an extended fabric configuration with other members of the IBM TotalStorage SAN b-type family. This capability helps provide investment protection as SAN requirements evolve and grow over time.
IBM TotalStorage SAN16B-2 Express Model. Switch type: Managed network switch. Maximum data transfer rate: 4 Gbit/s. Data link protocols: Fibre Channel, Supported network protocols: SNMP, HTTP. Form factor: 1U. Compatible operating systems: -Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 2003 -Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server -SUS