RackSwitch G8000

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Abstract

The RackSwitch™ G8000 is a top-of-rack (TOR) switch that delivers unmatched line-rate Layer 2/3 performance at a very attractive price. The G8000 is prepared for network virtualization, airflow to match server racks, and low power consumption, making it an ideal choice for the next-generation data centers.

Changes in the January 15 update:
* Updated product descriptions
* Updated typical configurations
* Updated formatting

Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The RackSwitch™ G8000 (Figure 1) is a top-of-rack (TOR) switch that delivers unmatched line-rate Layer 2/3 performance at a very attractive price. The G8000 is prepared for network virtualization, airflow to match server racks, and low power consumption, making it an ideal choice for the next-generation data centers. It has forty-four 1 GbE RJ-45 ports, four 1 Gb SFP ports, and standard redundant power supplies along with up to four optional 10 GbE SFP+ or CX4 ports. Unlike most rack equipment that cools from side to side, the RackSwitch G8000 has rear-to-front airflow or front-to-rear that matches server airflow.

RackSwitch G8000
Figure 1. RackSwitch G8000

Did you know?

The RackSwitch G8000 comes standard with redundant power supplies and 2-post rail kit.

The RackSwitch G8000 is designed specifically for the data center environment: airflow, high-availability hardware and software features, rich layer 2/3 functionality, and ease of management.

VMready® switch-resident software reduces the complexity of configuring and managing virtual machines throughout the network.

Networking Operating System (Networking OS) software features deliver seamless, standards-based integration into existing upstream switches.

The RackSwitch G8000 supports stacking for up to six switches using a single switch image and configuration file that shares one IP address and one management interface.

Part number information

The part numbers to order the switch and additional options are shown in Table 1.

Note: None in the Feature code column in Table 1 means that the feature is not available/not supported.

Table 1. Part numbers and feature codes for ordering

DescriptionPart numberFeature code for MTM 0446-HC3Feature code for MTM 7309-HCC
Switch
RackSwitch G8000 (Rear to Front)04460132637None
RackSwitch G8000 (Front to Rear)7309CFCNoneA1QC
Miscellaneous options
Console Cable Kit Spare90Y9462A2MGA2MG
Adjustable 19" 4 Post Rail Kit00D6185A3KPA3KP
Recessed 19" 4 Post Rail Kit00CG089NoneA51M
Switch Seal Kit00Y3001NoneA4WX
iDataPlex Rail Kit90Y3535NoneA1SZ
Air Inlet Duct for 382 mm RackSwitch00D6062A3HGNone

The part numbers for the G8000 switches include the following items:
  • One RackSwitch G8000 (rear-to-front airflow or front-to-rear airflow)
  • Generic Rack Mount Kit (2-post)
  • Mini-USB to DB-9 serial cable (3 m)
  • Console Cable Kit that includes:
    • RJ-45 (plug) to RJ-45 (plug) serial cable (1 m)
    • Mini-USB to RJ-45 (jack) adapter cable (0.2 m) with retention clip
    • DB-9 to RJ-45 (jack) adapter
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Important Notices Flyer
  • Documentation CD-ROM

The G8000 switch comes standard with the Console Cable Kit for management through a serial interface. Spare serial management cables can be ordered, if required. The Console Cable Kit Spare option (90Y9462) contains the following items:
  • RJ-45 (plug) to RJ-45 (plug) serial cable (1 m)
  • Mini-USB to RJ-45 (jack) adapter cable (0.2 m) with retention clip
  • DB-9 to RJ-45 (jack) adapter

The G8000 switch supports optional adjustable 19-inch, 4-post rack installation kit, part number 00D6185. Optionally, Air Inlet Duct, part number 00D6062, can be ordered for the G8000 (rear-to-front airflow) switch for 4-post rack installations with the Adjustable 4-post Rail Kit (00D6185).

The G8000 (front-to-rear airflow) switch optionally supports Recessed 19-inch 4-Post Rail Kit (00CG089) and Switch Seal Kit (00Y3001) that are used when the switch is installed in the Intelligent Cluster® Rack (MT 1410), Enterprise Rack (MT 9363), or PureFlex® System Rack (MT 9363) with NeXtScale™ System. The G8000 (front-to-rear airflow) switch also supports 4-post iDataPlex® rack kit (90Y3535) which is used when the switch is installed in the iDataPlex Rack.

The RackSwitch G8000 switch comes with two redundant fixed 150 W AC power supplies. Each internal power supply has an individual IEC 320-C14 power connector on the rear panel. Power cables are not included and must be ordered separately (see Table 2 for details). Two power cables are required per switch.

Table 2. Power cables
DescriptionPart numberFeature code for MTM 0446-HC3 and 7309-HCC
Rack power cables
1.5m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C14 Rack Power Cable39Y79376201
2.8m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C20 Rack Power Cable39Y7938*6204*
4.3m, 10A/100-250V, C13 to IEC 320-C14 Rack Power Cable39Y79326263
Country-specific power cords
European 10A line C13 to CEE 7/7 (2.8M)39Y79176212
Denmark 10A line C13 to DK2-5A (2.8M)39Y79186213
Switzerland 10A line C13 to SEV 1011 (2.8M)39Y79196216
Israel 10A line C13 to SI 32 (2.8M)39Y79206218
South Africa 10A line C13 to SABS 164/1 (2.8M)39Y79226214
United Kingdom 10A line C13 to BS 1363 (2.8M)39Y79236215
Australia/NZ 10A line C13 to SAA-AS C112 (2.8M)39Y79246211
Korea 7A line C13 to KETI 15A/250V (2.8M)39Y79256219
India 6A line C13 to Fig 68 (2.8M)39Y79276269
China 6A line C13 to GB 2099.1 (2.8M)39Y79286210
Brazil 10A line C13 to NBR 6147 (2.8M)39Y79296223
Argentina 10A line C13 to IRAM 2063 (2.8M)39Y79306222
10A/250V C13 to NEMA 6-15P 2.8m power cord46M2592*A1RF*
Japan 10A/100V C13 to JIS C-8303 2.8m power cord46M2593*A1RE*
Line cord - 4.3M, 10A/125V, C13 to NEMA 5-15P (US)39Y7931**6207**
Japan 7A line C13 to JIS C-8303-1983 Denan (4.3M)39Y7926**6335**
* The option is not available for MTM 0446-HC3.
** The option is not available for MTM 7309-HCC.

Supported cables and transceivers

With the flexibility of the G8000 switch, clients can take advantage of the technologies that they require for multiple environments:

  • For 1 GbE links, clients can use RJ-45 UTP cables up to 100 m. Clients that need longer distances can leverage the SFP ports by using a 1000BASE-SX transceiver, which can drive distances up to 220 meters by using 62.5 µ multi-mode fiber and up to 550 meters with 50 µ multi-mode fiber or the 1000BASE-LX transceivers that support distances up to 10 kilometers using single-mode fiber (1310 nm).
  • For 10 GbE links (supported with optional uplink modules), clients can choose SFP+ or 10GBASE-CX4 connectivity. With SFP+ ports, clients can use direct-attached copper (DAC) SFP+ cables for in-rack cabling for distances up to 7 m. These DAC cables have SFP+ connectors on each end, and they do not need separate transceivers. For longer distances, the 10GBASE-SR transceiver can support distances up to 300 meters over OM3 multimode fiber or up to 400 meters over OM4 multimode fiber with LC connectors. The 10GBASE-LR transceivers can support distances up to 10 kilometers on single mode fiber with LC connectors. For extended distances, the 10GBASE-ER transceivers can support distances up to 40 kilometers on single mode fiber with LC connectors. With CX4 ports, client can use InfiniBand 4X copper cables for distances up to 15 m.

The RackSwitch G8000 switch supports 10 GbE links with the optional dual-port SFP+ or CX4 uplink modules (see Table 3). Up to two uplink modules can be installed per switch (one on the front panel and one on the rear panel).

Table 3 lists the supported cables and transceivers.

Table 3. Supported transceivers and direct-attach cables
DescriptionPart numberFeature code for MTM 0446-HC3 and 7309-HCC
SFP transceivers - 1 GbE
SFP 1000Base-T (RJ-45) Transceiver (does not support 10/100 Mbps)00FE333A5DL*
SFP SX Transceiver81Y16223269
SFP LX Transceiver90Y9424A1PN
Uplink modules - 10 GbE
RackSwitch 10Gb Dual-Port SFP+ Uplink Module46C34171463
RackSwitch 10Gb Dual-Port CX4 Uplink Module46C34211464
SFP+ transceivers - 10 GbE (require SFP+ Uplink Module)
SFP+ SR Transceiver46C34475053
SFP+ LR Transceiver90Y9412A1PM
SFP+ ER Transceiver90Y9415A1PP
Optical cables for 1 GbE SFP SX and 10 GbE SFP+ SR transceivers
1m LC-LC Fiber Cable (networking)88Y6851A1DS
5m LC-LC Fiber Cable (networking)88Y6854A1DT
25m LC-LC Fiber Cable (networking)88Y6857A1DU
SFP+ passive direct-attach cables - 10 GbE (require SFP+ Uplink Module)
0.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00D6288A3RG
1m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9427A1PH
1.5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00AY764A51N
2m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00AY765A51P
3m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9430A1PJ
5m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable90Y9433A1PK
7m Passive DAC SFP+ Cable00D6151A3RH
SFP+ active direct-attach cables - 10 GbE (require SFP+ Uplink Module)
1m Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0323A25A
3m Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0326A25B
5m Active DAC SFP+ Cable95Y0329A25C
* The option is not available for MTM 0446-HC3.

Benefits

The RackSwitch G8000 switch is considered particularly suited for these clients:

  • Clients who want to leverage GbE in their infrastructure (both servers and networking)
  • Clients who are implementing a virtualized environment and require multiple GbE ports
  • Clients who require investment protection for 10 GbE ports
  • Clients who want to reduce TCO and improve performance while maintaining high levels of availability and security
  • Clients who want to avoid or minimize oversubscription, which can result in congestion and loss of performance
  • Clients who want to implement a converged infrastructure with NAS or iSCSI

The RackSwitch G8000 offers the following benefits:
  • High performance: The G8000 provides up to 176 Gbps throughput and supports up to four 10 GbE uplink ports for a very low oversubscription ratio.
  • Lower power and better cooling: The G8000 uses approximately 120 W, which is a fraction of the power consumption of most competitive offerings. Unlike side-cooled switches, which can cause heat recirculation and reliability concerns, the G8000 rear-to-front/front-to-rear cooling design reduces data center air conditioning costs by matching airflow to the server’s configuration in the rack. Variable speed fans assist in automatically reducing power consumption.
  • VM-aware network virtualization: VMready software on the switch reduces configuration complexity while significantly improving security levels in virtualized environments. VMready automatically detects virtual machine movement from one physical server to another, and instantly reconfigures each VM’s network policies across VLANs to keep the network up and running without interrupting traffic or impacting performance. VMready works with all leading hypervisors, such as VMware, Citrix Xen, RedHat KVM, Microsoft Hyper-V, and IBM PowerVM hypervisor.
  • Layer 3 functionality: The switch includes Layer 3 functionality, which provides security and performance benefits, plus static and dynamic routing protocols including Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for enterprise customers.
  • Fault tolerance: These switches learn alternate routes automatically and perform faster convergence in the unlikely case of a link, switch, or power failure. The switch uses proven technologies such as L2 trunk failover, advanced VLAN-based failover, VRRP, Hot Links, IGMP V3 snooping, and OSPF.
  • Seamless interoperability: RackSwitch switches interoperate seamlessly with other vendors' upstream switches. See the following resources:
  • Stacking: Cluster virtualization, single IP, and stacking of up to six virtual switches allow configuration of multiple switches as one, saving valuable time, IP addresses, and resources.

Features and specifications

Note: Features and specifications listed in this section are based on Networking OS 6.8.

The G8000 switch has the following features and specifications:

  • Form factor: 1U rack mount switch
    • RackSwitch G8000 Rear-to-Front version for ports located in the rear of the rack matching System x®, BladeCenter® and Flex System® designs
    • RackSwitch G8000 Front-to-Rear version for ports located in the front of the rack matching airflow of iDataPlex and NeXtScale System designs
  • Ports
    • 44 auto-sensing 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet ports with RJ-45 connectors
    • Four SFP ports for 1 GbE transceivers (support for 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, or 1000BASE-T). SFP modules are not included and must be purchased separately (See Table 3).
    • Up to four additional ports per switch for 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet with optional uplink modules
      • Up to four SFP/SFP+ ports for 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet SFP/SFP+ transceivers (support for 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 1000BASE-T, 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR, or 10GBASE-ER) or SFP+ direct-attach copper (DAC) cables. SFP+ modules or DAC cables are not included and must be purchased separately (See Table 3).
      • Up to four CX4 ports for 10 Gb Ethernet with InfiniBand 4X copper cables (support for 10GBASE-CX4). InfiniBand 4X cables are not included and must be purchased separately (Lenovo does not supply these cables).
    • One RS-232 serial port (Mini-USB connector) that provides an additional means to configure the switch module
  • Scalability and performance
    • 1 Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet ports for bandwidth optimization and performance
    • Non-blocking architecture with wire-speed forwarding of traffic; up to 176 Gbps of full duplex switching throughput
    • 100% line rate performance with switching latency of less than 3 microseconds
    • Media access control (MAC) address learning: Automatic update, support of up to 16,000 MAC addresses
    • Static and LACP (IEEE 802.3ad) link aggregation, up to 52 trunk groups, up to 8 member ports per trunk group
    • Support for jumbo frames (up to 9,216 bytes)
    • Broadcast/multicast storm control
    • IGMP snooping for limit flooding of IP multicast traffic
    • IGMP filtering to control multicast traffic for hosts participating in multicast groups
    • Configurable traffic distribution schemes over trunk links based on source/destination IP or MAC addresses or both
    • Fast port forwarding for rapid STP convergence
  • Availability and redundancy
    • IEEE 802.1D STP for providing L2 redundancy
    • IEEE 802.1s Multiple STP (MSTP) for topology optimization, up to 32 STP instances are supported by single switch
    • IEEE 802.1w Rapid STP (RSTP) (provides rapid STP convergence for critical delay-sensitive traffic such as voice or video)
    • Per-VLAN Rapid STP (PVRST) enhancements
    • Layer 2 Trunk Failover to support active/standby configurations of network adapter teaming on compute nodes
    • Hot Links provides basic link redundancy with fast recovery for network topologies that require Spanning Tree to be turned off
  • VLAN support
    • Port-based and protocol-based VLANs
    • Up to 1024 VLANs supported per switch with VLAN numbers ranging from 1 to 4094
    • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
    • 802.1x with dynamic guest VLAN assignment
    • Private VLANs support
  • Virtualization
    • Virtual Link Aggregation (vLAG) support
    • VMready support
      • Up to 1,024 virtual entities (VEs)
      • Automatic VE discovery
      • Up to 32 local or distributed VM groups for VEs
      • NMotion™ feature for automatic network configuration migration
  • Stacking of up to six G8000 switches
  • Security
    • VLAN-based, MAC-based, and IP-based access control lists (ACLs)
    • 802.1x port-based authentication
    • Multiple user IDs and passwords
    • User access control
    • Radius, TACACS+ and LDAP authentication and authorization
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • Support for IEEE 802.1p, IP ToS/DSCP, and ACL-based (MAC/IP source and destination addresses, VLANs) traffic classification and processing
    • Traffic shaping and re-marking based on defined policies
    • Eight priority queues per port for processing qualified traffic
    • IPv4 ACL metering
  • IP v4 Layer 3 functions
    • Host management
    • IP forwarding
    • IP filtering with ACLs, up to 512 IPv4 ACLs supported
    • VRRP for router redundancy
    • Support for up to 128 IPv4 static routes
    • Routing protocol support (RIP v1, RIP v2, OSPF v2, BGP)
    • Support for DHCP Relay
    • Support for IGMP snooping and IGMP relay
  • IP v6 Layer 3 functions
    • IPv6 host management
    • IPv6 forwarding
    • Support for OSPF v3 routing protocol
    • IPv6 filtering with ACLs, up to 128 IPv6 ACLs supported
  • Manageability
    • Industry-standard command line interface (isCLI)
    • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP V1, V2 and V3)
    • HTTP/HTTPS browser GUI
    • Telnet interface for CLI
    • Secure Shell (SSH) v1 and v2 for CLI
    • Secure Copy (SCP) for uploading and downloading the switch configuration via secure channels
    • Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) for discovering network devices
    • Serial interface for CLI
    • Scriptable CLI
    • Dual software images
    • Firmware image update via TFTP and FTP
    • Network Time Protocol (NTP) for switch clock synchronization
    • Switch Center management application
  • Monitoring
    • Switch LEDs for port status and switch module status indication
    • Remote Monitoring (RMON) agent to collect statistics and proactively monitor switch performance
    • Port mirroring for analyzing network traffic passing through the switch
    • Change tracking and remote logging with the syslog feature
    • Support for sFLOW agent for monitoring traffic in data networks (separate sFLOW analyzer required elsewhere)

The following features are not supported with IPv6:
  • Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP) and DHCP
  • RADIUS, TACACS+ and LDAP
  • QoS metering and re-marking ACLs
  • Stacking
  • VMware Virtual Center (vCenter) for VMready
  • Routing Information Protocol (RIP)
  • Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
  • sFLOW

Standards supported

The G8000 switch supports the following IEEE standards:

  • IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • IEEE 802.1s Multiple STP (MSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1w Rapid STP (RSTP)
  • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS) prioritization
  • IEEE 802.1Q Tagged VLAN (frame tagging on all ports when VLANs are enabled)
  • IEEE 802.1x port-based authentication
  • IEEE 802.3 10BASE-T Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3u 100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ab 1000BASE-T copper twisted-pair Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-SX short range fiber optics Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3z 1000BASE-LX long range fiber optics Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol
  • IEEE 802.3x Full-duplex Flow Control
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-SR short range fiber optics 10 Gb Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-LR long range fiber optics 10 Gb Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-ER extended range fiber optics 10 Gb Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.3ak 10GBASE-CX4 copper twinax 10 Gb Ethernet
  • 10GSFP+Cu SFP+ Direct Attach copper

Connectors and LEDs

Figure 2 shows the front panel of the RackSwitch G8000.

Front panel of the RackSwitch G8000
Figure 2. Front panel of the RackSwitch G8000

The front panel of the G8000 contains the following components:

  • LEDs that display the status of the switch and the network.
  • One Mini-USB RS-232 console port that provides an additional means to configure the switch module.
  • Forty-four 1000BASE-T Ethernet ports for 10/100/1000 Mbps connections.
  • Four SFP port connectors to attach SFP transceivers for 1 Gb connections.
  • Front expansion slot for an uplink module.
  • An Ethernet link OK LED and an Ethernet Tx/Rx LED for each Ethernet port on the switch.

Figure 3 shows the rear panel of the RackSwitch G8000.

Rear panel of the RackSwitch G8000
Figure 3. Rear panel of the RackSwitch G8000

The rear panel of the G8000 contains the following components:
  • Two redundant fixed AC power supplies (IEC 320-C14 power connector)
  • Five redundant fixed fans
  • Rear expansion slot for an uplink module

Figure 4 shows Uplink Modules for the G8000.

Uplink Modules for the G8000
Figure 4. Uplink Modules for the G8000

Network cabling requirements

The network cables that can be used with the switch are listed in Table 4.

Table 4. G8000 network cabling requirements

TransceiverStandardCableConnector
10 Gb Ethernet
SFP+ SR Transceiver (46C3447)*10GBASE-SRUp to 25 m with fiber optic cables supplied by Lenovo (see Table 3); 850 nm OM3 multimode fiber cable (50 µ or 62.5 µ) up to 300 m or up to 400 m with OM4 multimode fiberLC
SFP+ LR Transceiver (90Y9412)*10GBASE-LR1310 nm single-mode fiber cable up to 10 kmLC
SFP+ ER Transceiver (90Y9415)*10GBASE-ER1310 nm single-mode fiber cable up to 40 kmLC
SFP+ direct attach cable*10GSFP+CuSFP+ DAC cables up to 7 m (see Table 3)SFP+
CX4 copper cable**10GBASE-CX4InfiniBand 4X copper cables up to 15 mSFF-8470
(InfiniBand 4X)
1 Gb Ethernet
RJ-45 ports (fixed)1000BASE-TUTP Category 5, 5E, and 6 up to 100 metersRJ-45
SFP RJ-45 Transceiver (00FE333)1000BASE-TUTP Category 5, 5E, and 6 up to 100 metersRJ-45
SFP SX Transceiver (81Y1622)1000BASE-SXUp to 25 m with fiber optic cables supplied by Lenovo (see Table 3); 850 nm multimode fiber cable (50 µ or 62.5 µ) up to 550 mLC
SFP LX Transceiver (90Y9424)1000BASE-LX1310 nm single-mode fiber cable up to 10 kmLC
Management ports
Ethernet management port1000BASE-TUTP Category 5, 5E, and 6 up to 100 metersRJ-45
RS-232 serial console portRS-232DB-9-to-Mini-USB or RJ-45-to-Mini-USB (come standard with the switch)Mini-USB
* Requires Dual-port 10GbE SFP+ Uplink Module (46C3417).
** Requires Dual-port 10GbE CX4 Uplink Module (46C3421).

Warranty

The RackSwitch G8000 comes with a limited 3-year hardware warranty with Next Business Day (NBD), 9x5, Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) warranty service and includes a 3-year software license, providing entitlement to upgrades over that period. Optional warranty and maintenance upgrades are available for the G8000 through ServicePac offerings:

  • Warranty service upgrades (3, 4, or 5 years)
    • 24x7 onsite repair with 4-hour target response time
    • 24x7 onsite repair with same day target response time
    • 9x5 onsite repair with 4-hour target response time
  • Maintenance (post-warranty) service offerings (1 or 2 years)
    • 9x5 onsite repair with 4-hour target response time
    • 9x5 onsite repair with next business day target response time

ServicePac offerings are country-specific, that is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePac offerings might be available in a particular country.

For more information about the ServicePac offerings that are available in your country, visit the ServicePac Product Selector at the following website:
https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

Physical specifications

The approximate dimensions and weight of the G8000 switch are as follows:

  • Height: 44 mm (1.7 in.)
  • Width: 439 mm (17.3 in.)
  • Depth: 445 mm (15.0 in.)
  • Weight: 5.5 kg (12.0 lb)

Operating environment

The G8000 switch is supported in the following operating environment:

  • Temperature: 0 to 45 ºC (32 to 113 ºF).
  • Relative humidity: Non-condensing, 10 - 85%
  • Altitude: up to 3,049 m (10,000 feet)
  • Acoustic noise: Less than 65 dB
  • Airflow: Front-to-rear or rear-to-front cooling
  • Electrical input: 50-60 Hz, 100-240 V AC auto-switching
  • Typical power: 120 W

Agency approvals

The switch conforms to the following regulations:

  • Safety certifications
    • UL60950-1
    • CAN/CSA 22.2 No.60950-1
    • EN 60950-1
    • IEC60950-1
    • NOM NYCE 019
    • GOST R MEK 60950-1
    • GB4943-2001
  • Electromagnetic compatibility certifications
    • FCC 47CFR Part 15 Class A
    • EN 55022 Class A
    • ICES-003 Class A
    • VCCI Class A
    • AS/NZS CISPR 22 Class A
    • CISPR 22 Class A
    • EN 55024
    • EN 300386
    • CE
  • Environmental
    • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) 6

Typical configurations

Typical configurations are:

  • Rack-optimized server aggregation: 1 GbE attached rack servers
  • Server 1 GbE aggregation and connection to storage

Rack-optimized server aggregation:1 GbE attached rack servers

Examples of possible high-concentration configurations for rack or blade server implementations are as follows:
  • High-concentration of rack-optimized servers, for example:
    • System x or ThinkServer® 1U or 2U servers with a 1 GbE adapter installed
    • System x or ThinkServer 4U servers with multiple 1 GbE connections per server
    • BladeCenter using any of the following modules in the chassis:
      • Layer 2/3 Copper and Fiber Gigabit Ethernet Switch Modules for BladeCenter
      • 1/10Gb Uplink Ethernet Switch Module for BladeCenter
      • Intelligent Copper Pass-Thru Module for BladeCenter
      • Server Connectivity Module for BladeCenter
  • Low-profile, high-performance, 48-port GbE switch needed to perform aggregation function per rack

Figure 5 shows rack optimized server aggregation of 1 GbE attached rack servers.

Rack optimized server aggregation of 1GbE attached rack servers
Figure 5. Rack optimized server aggregation of 1 GbE attached rack servers

Table 5 lists the features and benefits.

Table 5 Features and benefits
FeaturesBenefits
Line-rate, non-blocking, all 48 portsSupports massive compute and virtualization workloads.
Less than 3 micro-seconds latencyFaster application response times.
Four 10 GbE uplink ports (40 Gb bandwidth to the core or upstream switch)Minimal oversubscription: 1:0.8 (~1 to 1).
Standards-based Layer 2/3 protocols, industry standard CLIInteroperates with existing network. No learning curve.

The design goal is to interoperate with an existing Layer 2/3 switch and deploy G8000s at the Data Center Edge:
    • Logical configuration: Configure G8000s for Layer 2. Apply VLAN domains (1 and 2) at Core switches.
    • Full Layer 2/3 feature set: STP, MSTP, RSTP, PVRST+; RIP v1/2, static routes, and OSPF.
    • Security: 802.1X; RADIUS/TACACS+; Wire Speed ACLs, SSH v1, v2; HTTPS Secure BBI.
    • QoS: Up to eight queues/port, IEEE 802.1p and DiffServ prioritization.

Figure 6 shows an example of a rack-optimized server aggregation logical design.

Rack optimized server aggregation logical design
Figure 6. Rack optimized server aggregation logical design

Server 1 GbE aggregation and connection to storage

Here are the features of the server 1 GbE aggregation and connection to storage:
  • A good price/performance point for a data center environment with 1 Gigabit performance and investment protection for 10 GbE
  • Good for connectivity to network attached storage (NAS):
    • LenovoEMC px4-300r
    • LenovoEMC px4-400r
    • LenovoEMC px12-400r
    • LenovoEMC px12-450r
  • Ideal for connectivity to iSCSI:
    • Storwize V3700
    • Storwize V5000
    • Storwize V7000

Figure 7 shows NAS and iSCSI storage connectivity.

NAS and iSCSI storage connectivity
Figure 7. NAS and iSCSI storage connectivity

Related publications and links

For more information, visit http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/Documentation to see the following RackSwitch G8000 product resources:

  • RackSwitch G8000 Installation Guide
  • RackSwitch G8000 isCLI Command Reference
  • RackSwitch G8000 Application Guide
  • RackSwitch G8000 Browser-Based Interface Quick Guide
  • RackSwitch G8000 Menu-Based Command Reference

For more information see the following publications:

Special Notices

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