Exceptional price/performance for growing SAN workloads The FC5022 16 Gb Switch delivers exceptional price/performance for growing SAN workloads through a combination of market-leading 1600 MB/sec throughput per port and an affordable high-density, 12-port to 48-port form factor.
Lower acquisition costs due to fewer number of systems and components Shorten ROI time frame and decrease overall TCO with the efficient utilization of server resources and lower power, cooling, and management costs
Superior scalability both for internal and external ports that reduces costs and increases availability The FC5022 16 Gb switch is the only switch that provides up to 28 internal server facing FC ports, which allows the Flex Chassis to scale to 28 server ITEs in a single chassis (when using double density half-width ITEs) that lowers the overall per-server cost of the solution. These 28 internal ports also enable greater path redundancy for ITEs using the 4-port FC mezzanine adapters. Additionally, the FC5022 offers an industry leading 20 external SFP+ ports that allows for multi-chassis scalability up to 18 chassis without the use of external FC switches, thereby greatly reducing the overall cost of the Flex Solution.
Accelerating fabric deployment and serviceability with Brocade ClearLink and Fabric Vision Brocade ClearLink is a feature supported by the FC5022 16 Gb Switch that enables administrators to quickly identify and isolate 16 Gbps optic, port, and cable problems, reducing fabric deployment and diagnostic times. Brocade Fabric Vision Technology offers innovative diagnostic, monitoring, and management capabilities to help administrators avoid problems, maximize application performance, and reduce operational costs.
A building block for virtualized, private cloud storage The FC5022 16 Gb Switch supports multi-tenancy in cloud environments through VM-aware end-to-end visibility and monitoring, Quality of Service (QoS), and fabric-based advanced zoning features. The FC5022 enables secure long distance extensions to virtual private or hybrid clouds with dark fiber support, as well as in-flight encryption and data compression.
Simplified interconnect to existing SAN environments with Brocade Access gateway (NPIV) operational mode All models of the FC5022 16 Gb Switch can be deployed as a full-fabric switch or as an Access Gateway, which simplifies fabric topologies and heterogeneous fabric connectivity. Access Gateway mode utilizes N Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) switch standards to present physical and virtual servers directly to the core of SAN fabrics. This makes it transparent to the SAN fabric, greatly reducing management of the network edge. The IBM SAN Scalable Switch in Access Gateway mode can connect servers to NPIV-enabled SAN fabrics, including IBM, Brocade B-Series, other vendor Brocade SAN fabrics, or Cisco SAN fabrics.
Maximizing investments To help optimize technology investments, IBM offers a single point of serviceability backed by industry-renowned education, support, and training. In addition, the IBM 16/8 Gbps SAN Scalable Switch is in the ServerProven program, ensuring compatibility among a variety of IBM and partner products. IBM recognizes that customers deserve the most innovative, expert integrated systems solutions.
Key Selling Points
Exceptional price/performance for growing SAN workloads
Lower acquisition costs due to fewer number of systems and components
Superior scalability both for internal and external ports that reduces costs and increases availability
Accelerating fabric deployment and serviceability with Brocade ClearLink and Fabric Vision
A building block for virtualized, private cloud storage
Simplified interconnect to existing SAN environments with Brocade Access gateway (NPIV) operational mode
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