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IBM RackSwitch 

IBM RackSwitch delivers high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data, and adds memory features to IBM Flex and IBM BladeCenter

Review

Four new IBM RackSwitches are available for IBM POWER8™ processor-based servers, offering great alternatives for the access or distributed layer when laying out your IBM Power Systems™ data center switching environment.

The IBM RackSwitch data center Ethernet switches for Power Systems servers are top-of-rack (TOR) switches designed to provide extremely low latency, low power consumption, excellent costs of acquisition, and low total cost of ownership. These 1U switches are ideal for 1Gb or 10Gb connectivity to Power Systems servers in the data center. Rear-to-front rack airflow for these switches is maintained by mounting the front of each switch facing the rear of the rack.

IBM RackSwitch G8124E (7120-24E)
IBM RackSwitch G7028 (7120-24L)
IBM RackSwitch G8052 (7120-48E)
IBM RackSwitch G8264 (7120-64C)
The IBM RackSwitch G8124E (7120-24E) is an enterprise class layer 2 or 3 switch designed for performance and availability with twenty-four 10 Gb SFP+ ports, redundant power supplies and fans, rack rear-to-front airflow, and latency of less than 600 nanoseconds.

The IBM RackSwitch G7028 (7120-24L) is a cost-optimized layer 2 access 1 Gb Ethernet switch. It is ideally suited for accessing enterprise data centers. The G7028 is a layer 2-only, cost-effective switch that offers twenty-four 1 Gb Ethernet RJ45 ports and four 10 Gb Ethernet SFP+ up-link ports.

The G7028 provides low power consumption, using only 45 watts, and is available in a rear-to-front airflow model matching the airflow IBM System x®, IBM BladeCenter®, and IBM Flex chassis Systems. An optional external redundant power supply (G7000) is available with the RackSwitch G7028. This switch is ideal for clients looking for a cost-effective 1 Gb Ethernet layer 2 data center switching solution.

The IBM RackSwitch G8052 (7120-48E) is designed for the data center, providing high availability features like hot-swap redundant power supplies and fans. The G8052 provides up to forty-eight 1 Gb RJ45 ports from the server to the switch and up to four 10 Gb ports for upstream high-speed connections.

The IBM RackSwitch G8264 (7120-64C) is designed for performance, port density, convergence, and software-defined data centers. The G8264 has forty-eight 10 Gb SFP+ ports and four 40 Gb QSFP+ ports, four 40 Gb QSFP+ ports that can each be converted to four 10 Gb SFP+ ports with optional breakout cable, redundant hot-swappable power supplies and fans, rack rear-to-front airflow, and latency of less than 880 nanoseconds. The G8264 provides an ultra-dense switch with up to sixty-four 10 Gb ports and also has 40 Gb capability when you choose to deploy it.

Power Systems sellers will appreciate working with the familiar AAS/WTAAS ordering and e-config systems. In this structure, the switches are ordered using 7120-24E for the G8124E, 7120-24L for the G7028, 7120-48E for the G8052, and 7120-64C for the G8264.

 

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