TotalStorage SAN32M-2 Express Model
A single SAN32M-2 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 sixteen-port storage consolidation solution can support up to fifteen servers with a single path to either disk or tape. The FlexPort feature is designed to enable a base switch to grow to sixteen ports, in eight port increments, 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 fourteen to thirty servers, each with dual Fibre Channel adapters cross-connected to redundant SAN32M-2 switches which are cross-connected to a dual-controller storage system.
While the SAN32M-2 can be the foundation of medium-sized SANs, it can be configured to participate as a full member in a tier enterprise SAN with other members of the IBM TotalStorage SAN m-type family. This capability provides investment protection as SAN requirements evolve and grow over time.
IBM TotalStorage SAN32M-2 Express Model. Switch type: Managed network switch. Maximum data transfer rate: 4.24 Gbit/s. Data link protocols: 4Gb Fibre Channel. Compatible operating systems: Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Red Hat Linux, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server,.... Weight: 15 lbs (6.8 kg)