IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches

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Abstract

The IBM Flex System™ FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch is a Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) high-density, 48-port switch that operates at 16 and 8 Gbps FC speeds and is used in the IBM Flex System chassis. The switch provides 28 internal ports to compute nodes by way of the Flex midplane and 20 external SFP+ ports, as shown in Figure 1. The FC5022 SAN switch module delivers a scalable embedded option for IBM Flex System users connecting to 8 or 16 Gbps FC storage, deploying a new storage area network (SAN) or connecting to an existing SAN in their enterprise. The switch offers end-to-end 16 Gb with backwards compatibility to 8 Gb and 4 Gb to the SAN connectivity. Monitoring and management are simplified using end-to-end Brocade tools, such as Web Tools and the Brocade Network Advisor (BNA).

Changes in the September 5 update:
* Updated part numbers
* Updated Benefits section
* Updated Related publications section

Contents


The IBM Flex System™ FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch is a Gen 5 Fibre Channel (FC) high-density, 48-port switch that operates at 16 and 8 Gbps FC speeds and is used in the IBM Flex System chassis. The switch provides 28 internal ports to compute nodes by way of the Flex midplane and 20 external SFP+ ports, as shown in Figure 1. The FC5022 SAN switch module delivers a scalable embedded option for IBM Flex System users connecting to 8 or 16 Gbps FC storage, deploying a new storage area network (SAN) or connecting to an existing SAN in their enterprise. The switch offers end-to-end 16 Gb with backwards compatibility to 8 Gb and 4 Gb to the SAN connectivity. Monitoring and management are simplified using end-to-end Brocade tools, such as Web Tools and the Brocade Network Advisor (BNA).

Figure 1 shows the switch module.

IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch
Figure 1. IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch


Did you know?

Only the FC5022 provides up to 48 FC ports in an embedded form factor that provides the Flex System a unique differentiation in the market including:
  • Increased server density. The 28 internal FC ports allow up to 28 Information ITEs in a single chassis, which lowers the average server cost of the solution.
  • Greater reliability. When used with 4-port FC mezzanine adapters, the 28 internal ports enable greater path redundancy and increased solution availability with no single point of failure.
  • Multi-chassis Scalability. The 20 external SFP+ ports allow for scaling up to 18 chassis without the use of external FC switches, such as FC top-of-rack (ToR) switches, thereby greatly reducing the overall cost of the Flex Solution.

Part number information

The part numbers to order the switch and optional upgrades are shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Part numbers and feature codes for ordering
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config / e-config)
Switch modules
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch88Y6374A1EH / 3770
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (includes two 16 Gb SFPs)00Y3324A3DP / ESW5
IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16 Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch90Y9356A2RQ / 3771
Features on Demand upgrades
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (Upgrade 1, 12-ports)88Y6382A1EP / 3772
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (Upgrade 2, 24-ports)88Y6386A1EQ / 3773
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb Fabric Watch Upgrade00Y3320A3HN / ESW3
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb ISL/Trunking Upgrade00Y3322A3HP / ESW4

The part numbers for the switches include the following items:
  • One IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (12-port or 24-port or 24-port with ESB)
  • Two 16 Gb SFP+ optical transceivers (included with 24-port 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch, part number 00Y3324)
  • Important Notices Flyer
  • Warranty Flyer
  • Documentation CD-ROM

The part numbers for the Features on Demand upgrades include the following items:
  • Features on Demand Activation Flyer
  • Upgrade authorization key

The switch does not include a serial management cable, however, IBM Flex System Management Serial Access Cable, part number 90Y9338, is supported and contains two cables, a mini-USB-to-RJ45 serial cable and a mini-USB-to-DB9 serial cable, either of which can be used to connect to the switch locally for configuration tasks and firmware updates.

The FC5022 12-port and 24-port ESB SAN switches come without SFP+ media, which must be ordered separately to provide outside connectivity. The FC5022 24-port SAN switch (part number 00Y3324) comes standard with two Brocade 16 Gb SFP+ transceivers. Additional SFP+ can be ordered, if required. Table 2 lists the supported SFP+ options.

Table 2. Supported SFP+ transceivers
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config / e-config)
16 Gb FC SFP+ transceivers
Brocade 16 Gb SFP+ Optical Transceiver88Y6393A22R / 5371
SFP+ Transceiver 16 Gbps 10 km LW98Y2178None / 2611
SFP+ Transceiver 16 Gbps 10 km LW 8-Pack98Y2179None / 2618
8 Gb FC SFP+ transceivers
Brocade 8Gb SFP+ SW Optical Transceiver88Y64165084 / 5370
SFP Transceiver 8 Gbps 10 km LW45W1216None / 2821
SFP Transceiver 8 Gbps 10 km LW 8-Pack45W1218None / 2828
SFP Transceiver 8 Gbps 25 km ELW45W2283None / 2881

Table 3 provides a feature comparison by model for IBM Flex System FC5022 switches.

Table 3. Feature comparison by model
Feature24-port 16 Gb ESB SAN switch24-port 16 Gb SAN switch16 Gb SAN switch
Number of licensed ports242412
Number of SFP+ included02 x 16 Gb SFP+0
Full fabricIncludedIncludedIncluded
Access GatewayIncludedIncludedIncluded
Advanced zoningIncludedIncludedIncluded
Enhanced Group ManagementIncludedIncludedIncluded
ISL TrunkingIncludedOptionalOptional
Adaptive NetworkingIncludedIncludedIncluded
Fabric Vision*IncludedNot availableNot available
Advanced Performance MonitoringIncludedNot availableNot available
Fabric WatchIncludedOptionalOptional
Extended FabricsIncludedNot availableNot available
Server Application OptimizationIncludedNot availableNot available

* With Fabric OS 7.2 and above, the Brocade Fabric Vision functionality is included with the 24-port 16 GB ESB SAN switch, but may not be displayed as an individual license key. The functionality may instead be displayed along with the Fabric Watch and Advanced Performance Monitoring license descriptions with the added verbiage "Fabric Vision Capable."
Table 4 provides compatibility information for the switch modules and Features on Demand upgrades for them.

Table 4. Features on Demand upgrade compatibility
Features on Demand upgradePart number24-port 16 Gb ESB SAN switch24-port 16 Gb SAN switch16 Gb SAN switch
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (Upgrade 1, 12-ports)88Y6382NoNoYes
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch (Upgrade 2, 24-ports)88Y6386YesYesYes
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb Fabric Watch Upgrade00Y3320No*YesYes
IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb ISL/Trunking Upgrade00Y3322No*YesYes
* This feature is already included in the bundle.

With Brocade's Dynamic Ports on Demand (DPOD) feature, ports are licensed in one of two methods: as they come online or as selected by the administrator. With the 16 Gb SAN switch, the first 12 ports reporting (on a first-come, first-served basis) on boot-up are assigned licenses. These 12 ports can be any combination of external or internal Fibre Channel (FC) ports. After all port licenses have been assigned, you can manually move those licenses from one port to another. Because this is dynamic, no defined ports are reserved except ports 0 and 29. The 24-port 16 Gb SAN switches have the same behavior; the only difference is the number of ports, which is 24.

Table 5 shows the total number of port licenses on the switch after applying compatible port upgrades.

Note: A maximum of one upgrade of each type (one Upgrade 1 and one Upgrade 2) is supported per one switch module. Upgrade 1 and Upgrade 2 can be applied independently of each other.

Table 5. Ports on Demand upgrades
Ports on Demand upgrade
Total number of port licenses
24-port 16 Gb ESB SAN switch24-port 16 Gb SAN switch12-port 16 Gb SAN switch
Included with base242412
Upgrade 1, 88Y6382 only (adds 12 port licenses)Not supportedNot supported24
Upgrade 2, 88Y6386 only (adds 24 port licenses)48*48*36
Both Upgrade 1, 88Y6382 and Upgrade 2, 88Y6386 (add 36 port licenses)Not supportedNot supported48*
* With the dual-port FC adapters installed in compute nodes, up to 34 ports (14 internal, 20 external) can be utilized. The remaining 14 internal ports require use of the 4-port FC adapters in the server's ITE.


Benefits

The switches offer the following key benefits:
  • 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.

  • Enhanced server performance while using 16 Gb Gen 5 FC technology

    IBM testing demonstrates that using 16 Gb FC adapters on the server and the FC5022 modules can help achieve the following server enhancements, even if 8 Gb FC storage is used:

    • Up to 30-50% better virtual machine density and higher number of concurrent users due to increased storage bandwidth
    • Up to 20-40% fewer servers required to support the workload specified
    • Twice lower number and higher speed of inter-switch links required in scalable SANs
    • Higher reliability and availability of services due to fewer number of components used to build the solution
    • Twice faster access to the business critical data
    • 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
    • See IBM Redpaper “Positioning IBM Flex System 16 Gb Fibre Channel Fabric for Storage-Intensive Enterprise Workloads” for details:
      http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp4921.html?Open
  • 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.



Features and specifications

The FC5022 16 Gb Switches have the following features and specifications:
  • Internal ports
    • 28 internal full-duplex 16/8 Gb FC ports
    • Internal ports operate as F_ports (fabric ports) in native mode or in access gateway mode
    • Two internal full-duplex 1 GbE ports connected to the chassis management module
    • Support for the 2-port and 4-port FC adapter cards
  • External ports
    • 20 external ports for 16 Gb SFP+ or 8 Gb SFP+ transceivers supporting 4 Gb, 8 Gb, and 16 Gb port speeds (supported SFP+ modules are listed in Table 2). Ports are activated with the Dynamic Ports on Demand feature.
    • External ports can operate as F_ports (fabric ports) or E_ports (expansion ports) in native mode or as N_ports NPIV (node ports) in Access Gateway mode
    • One external 1 GbE port (1000BASE-T) with RJ-45 connector for switch configuration and management
    • One RS-232 serial port (mini-USB connector) that provides an additional means to configure the switch module
  • Access Gateway mode (N_Port ID Virtualization - NPIV) support
  • Power-on self-test diagnostics and status reporting
  • Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking (licensable or included with the 24-port ESB model), which allows up to eight ports (at 16, 8, or 4 Gbps speeds) to combine to form a single, logical ISL with a speed of up to 128 Gbps (256 Gbps full duplex) for optimal bandwidth utilization, automatic path failover, and load balancing
  • Fabric OS (FOS) version 7.0.x or higher, which delivers distributed intelligence throughout the network and enables a wide range of value-added applications, such as Advanced Web Tools and Advanced Fabric Services (on certain models)
  • Supports up to 768 Gbps I/O bandwidth
  • 420 million frames switch per second, 0.7 microseconds latency
  • 8192 buffers for up to 3750 km extended distance at 4 Gbps FC (Extended Fabrics license required)
  • In-flight 64 Gbps FC compression and decompression support on up to two external ports (no license required)
  • In-flight 32 Gbps encryption and decryption on up to two external ports (no license required)
  • 48 Virtual Channels (VCs) per port
  • Port mirroring to monitor ingress or egress traffic from any port within the switch
  • Two I2C connections able to interface to redundant management modules
  • Hot pluggable — up to four hot pluggable switches per chassis
  • Single fuse circuit
  • Four temperature sensors
  • One internal real-time clock
  • Managed with Web Tools
  • Supports up to 128 domains in Native mode and Interoperability mode
  • Full fabric switch mode may be changed to or from Access Gateway mode
  • Nondisruptive code load in Native mode and Access Gateway (NPIV) mode
  • 255 N_port logins per physical port
  • D_port support on external ports
  • Class 2 and Class 3 frames
  • SNMP v1 and v3 support
  • SSH v2 support
  • SSL support
  • NTP client support (NTP V3)
  • FTP support for firmware upgrades
  • SNMP/MIB monitoring functionality contained within the Ethernet Control MIB-II (RFC1213-MIB)
  • UUID put into MIB structure
  • End-to-end optics and link validation
  • Ability to send switch events and syslogs to the IBM Chassis Management Module (CMM)
  • Traps identify cold start, warm start, link up/link down, and authentication failure events
  • Support for IPv4 and IPv6 on the management ports

IBM Flex System FC5022 switches come standard with the following software features:
  • Full Fabric mode: Enables high performance 16 Gb or 8 Gb fabric switching
  • Access Gateway mode: Leverages NPIV to connect to any fabric without adding switch domains to reduce management complexity
  • Dynamic Path Selection: Enables exchange-based load balancing across multiple Inter-Switch Links for superior performance
  • Advanced Zoning: Segments a SAN into virtual private SANs to increase security and availability
  • Enhanced Group Management: Enables centralized and simplified management of SAN fabrics through IBM Network Advisor
  • Server Application Optimization: Allows VM QoS, authentication, and monitoring from SAN through adapter to VM and associated virtualized application

The 24-port ESB model (part number 90Y9356) is a fully enabled switch with a complete set of licensed features that maximizes performance, ensures availability, and simplifies management for the most demanding applications and expanding virtualization environments. The factory-installed licenses include:
  • ISL Trunking: Consolidates ISLs into fault-tolerant and load-balanced trunks with bandwidth of up to 128 Gbps for greater performance and simplified management
  • Adaptive Networking: Ensures high-priority connections that obtain the bandwidth necessary for optimum performance
  • Advanced Performance Monitoring: Provides end-to-end visibility into fabric performance to maximize performance tuning and the utilization of fabric resources
  • Fabric Watch: Monitors and creates alerts based on the health of switch and fabric elements
  • Extended Fabrics: Extends Fibre Channel SANs beyond traditional distance limitations for replication and backup at full bandwidth



Supported Fibre Channel standards

The switch supports the following FC standards:
  • FC-AL-2 INCITS 332: 1999
  • FC-GS-5 ANSI INCITS 427 (includes the following):
    • FC-GS-4 ANSI INCITS 387: 2004
  • FC-IFR INCITS 1745-D, revision 1.03 (under development)
  • FC-SW-4 INCITS 418:2006 (includes the following):
    • FC-SW-3 INCITS 384: 2004
  • FC-VI INCITS 357: 2002
  • FC-TAPE INCITS TR-24: 1999
  • FC-DA INCITS TR-36: 2004 (includes the following):
    • FC-FLA INCITS TR-20: 1998
    • FC-PLDA INCIT S TR-19: 1998
  • FC-MI-2 ANSI/INCITS TR-39-2005
  • FC-PI INCITS 352: 2002
  • FC-PI-2 INCITS 404: 2005
  • FC-PI-4 INCITS 1647-D, revision 7.1 (under development)
  • FC-PI-5 INCITS 479: 2011
  • FC-FS-2 ANSI/INCITS 424:2006 (includes the following):
    • FC-FS INCITS 373: 2003
  • FC-LS INCITS 433: 2007
  • FC-BB-3 INCITS 414: 2006 (includes the following):
  • FC-BB-2 INCITS 372: 2003
  • FC-SB-3 INCITS 374: 2003 (replaces FC-SB ANSI X3.271: 1996; FC-SB-2 INCITS 374: 2001)
  • RFC 2625 IP and ARP Over FC
  • RFC 2837 Fabric Element MIB
  • MIB-FA INCITS TR-32: 2003
  • FCP-2 INCITS 350: 2003 (replaces FCP ANSI X3.269: 1996)
  • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2 (includes the following):
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.03 ISO standard IS24775-2006. Replaces (ANSI INCITS 388: 2004)
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.1.0
    • SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) Version 1.2.0


Supported chassis and adapter cards

The switches are installed in switch bays in the rear of the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis, as shown in Figure 2. Switches are normally installed in pairs since I/O adapter cards installed in the compute nodes route to two switch bays for redundancy and performance.

Location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Figure 2. Location of the switch bays in the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis

The connections between the 2-port adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in Figure 3. Figure 3 shows both half-wide servers, such as the x240 with two adapters, and full-wide servers, such as the x440 with four adapters.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5052 2-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 3. Logical layout of the interconnects between the 2-port FC adapters and I/O modules

The connections between the 4-port FC adapters that are installed in the compute nodes and the switch bays in the chassis are shown in Figure 4.

Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5054 4-port adapters and I/O modules
Figure 4. Logical layout of the interconnects between the FC5054 4-port adapters and I/O modules

The IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches can be installed in bays 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Enterprise chassis. A supported adapter card must be installed in a corresponding slot of the compute node (slot A1 when switches are installed in bays 1 and 2 or slot A2 when switches are in bays 3 and 4).

With compute nodes that have an integrated dual-port 10 GbE network interface controller (NIC) these switches can only be installed in bays 3 and 4 because integrated NICs ports are routed to bays 1 and 2 with a specialized periscope connector and the FC adapter card cannot be installed in slot A1. When needed, however, the periscope connector can be replaced with an FC adapter card, in which case the integrated NIC will be disabled and FC switches can be used in bays 1 and 2.

Table 6 shows the connections between dual-port and 4-port FC adapters installed in the compute nodes other than x222 to the switch bays in the chassis with IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switches.

Table 6. Adapter to I/O bay correspondence
I/O adapter slot in the serverPort on the adapterCorresponding I/O module bay in the chassis
Slot 1Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Port 3Module bay 1
Port 4Module bay 2
Slot 2Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Port 3Module bay 3
Port 4Module bay 4
Slot 3
(full-wide compute nodes only)
Port 1Module bay 1
Port 2Module bay 2
Port 3Module bay 1
Port 4Module bay 2
Slot 4
(full-wide compute nodes only)
Port 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Port 3Module bay 3
Port 4Module bay 4

Table 7 shows the connections between 4-port adapters installed in the x222 compute nodes to the switch bays in the chassis with IBM Flex System FC5022 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switches.

Table 7. x222 adapter to I/O bay correspondence
ServerFC5024D 4-port
16Gb FC Adapter
Corresponding I/O module
bay in the chassis
Upper serverPort 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4
Lower serverPort 1Module bay 3
Port 2Module bay 4

With the x222, each node bay consumes four ports on the switch, therefore, additional port licenses might be needed depending on your configuration (see Table 1 for FoD port upgrades).

Table 8 lists the storage I/O adapters supported by the FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches. With 8 Gb FC adapters, internal ports on a switch operate at 8 Gb speeds.

Table 8. Storage adapters
DescriptionPart numberFeature code
(x-config / e-config)
Support for
FC5022 switch
16 Gb Fibre Channel
IBM Flex System FC5022 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter88Y6370A1BP / None
Yes
IBM Flex System FC5024D 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter95Y2379A3HU / A3HU
Yes
IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter95Y2386EC23 / A45R
Yes
IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16Gb FC Adapter95Y2391EC2E / A45S
Yes
IBM Flex System FC5172 2-port 16Gb FC Adapter69Y1942A1BQ / A1BQ
Yes
8 Gb Fibre Channel
IBM Flex System FC3172 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter69Y1938A1BM / 1764
Yes
IBM Flex System FC3052 2-port 8Gb FC Adapter95Y2375A2N5 / None
Yes

The adapters are installed in slots in each compute node. Figure 5 shows the locations of the slots in the x240 Compute Node. The positions of the adapters in the other supported servers are similar.

Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
Figure 5. Location of the I/O adapter slots in the IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node


Connectors and LEDs

Figure 6 shows the front panel of the IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches.

Front panel of the IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches
Figure 6. Front panel of the IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches

The front panel contains the following components:
  • LEDs that display the status of the switch module and the fabric:
    • The OK LED indicates that the switch module has passed the power-on self-test (POST) with no critical faults and is operational.
    • The blue Identify LED can be used to identify the switch physically, by illuminating via the management software.
    • The Error LED (switch module error) indicates that the switch module has failed the POST or detected an operational fault.
  • One mini-USB RS-232 console port that provides an additional means to configure the switch module. This mini-USB-style connector enables connection of a special serial cable (cable is optional and it is not included with the switch; see the part number information section for details).
  • One 1 Gb Ethernet RJ-45 port for switch configuration and management
  • 20 external SFP+ port connectors to attach SFP+ modules for 16 Gb, 8 Gb or 4 Gb connections to external FC devices
  • An FC link error LED and an FC Tx/Rx LED for each external port on the switch


Cabling requirements

Table 9 lists the cables required for the switch.

Table 9. FC5022 cabling requirements
TransceiverCableConnector
16 Gb Fibre Channel
16 Gb FC SW SFP+ Module850 nm multimode fiber cable (50 µ or 62.5 µ) up to 100 mLC
16 Gb FC LW SFP+ Module1310 nm single-mode fiber cable (9 µ) up to 10 kmLC
8 Gb Fibre Channel
8 Gb FC SW SFP+ Module850 nm multimode fiber cable (50 µ or 62.5 µ) up to 150 mLC
8 Gb FC LW SFP+ Module1310 nm single-mode fiber cable (9 µ) up to 10 kmLC
8 Gb FC ELW SFP+ Module1310 nm single-mode fiber cable (9 µ) up to 25 kmLC
Management ports
External 1 GbE management portUTP Category 5, 5E, and 6 up to 100 metersRJ-45
External RS-232 management portDB-9-to-mini-USB or RJ-45-to-mini-USB console cable (comes with optional Management Serial Access Cable, 90Y9338)Mini-USB


Warranty

The FC5022 switches carry a 1-year, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) limited warranty. When installed in a chassis, these switches assume your system’s base warranty and any IBM ServicePac® upgrade.


Physical specifications

The approximate dimensions and weight of the switch are as follows:
  • Height: 30 mm (1.2 in.)
  • Width: 401 mm (15.8 in.)
  • Depth: 317 mm (12.5 in.)
  • Weight: 3.2 kg (7.1 lb)

The shipping dimensions and weight (approximate) of the switch are as follows:
  • Height: 114 mm (4.5 in.)
  • Width: 508 mm (20.0 in.)
  • Depth: 432 mm (17.0 in.)
  • Weight: 3.6 kg (8.1 lb)


Operating environment
  • Temperature
    • Operating: 0°C to 35°C (32°F to 95°F)
    • Non-operating: 5°C to 45°C (41°F to 113°F)
  • Altitude
    • Up to 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level
  • Humidity
    • Operating: 20% to 80%, noncondensing at 29°C
    • Non-operating: 8% to 80%, noncondensing at 38°C


Regulatory compliance

The switch conforms to the following standards:
  • US: UL, CB, TUV reports and certificates per EN60950-1 2001 / IEC60950-1 2001
  • Canada: CSA C22.2 No. 950 or 60950
  • Germany: TUV/VDE IEC 950/EN 60950 (TUV component report & IEC60950 CB Report and Certificate)
  • FCC - Title 47 CFR Part 15, Class A
  • Canada - ICES-003
  • Australia/New Zealand - C-Tick - AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006
  • CE Mark - EN55022:2006+A1:2007 and EN55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003
  • VCCI Class A - Japan VCCI 2009
  • Korea’s EMC with KCC marking (previously MIC marking)
  • MIC Notice No. 1996-78 (Korea)
  • CISPR 22 Class A
  • Taiwan BSMI – CNS 13438
  • Turkey Communiqué No. 2004/9 and No. 2004/22
  • Saudi Arabia – EMC.CVG, 28 October 2002
  • China – GB 9524:1998


Popular configurations

Figure 7 shows use of the IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch to route two ports on the adapter card installed in slot 2 of the compute node. Each compute node has two 16 Gb FC ports, and two FC5022 ESB SAN switches are installed in bays 3 and 4 of the Enterprise Chassis. The connections between the adapter card and the switches are internal to the chassis. No cabling is needed.

Using FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch with FC5022 16 Gb FC adapters installed in compute nodes
Figure 7. Using FC5022 24-port 16Gb ESB SAN Scalable Switch with FC5022 16 Gb FC adapters installed in compute nodes

Table 10 shows the components used when connecting the 16 Gb FC adapters to the 16 Gb FC switches.

Table 10. Components used when connecting the 16 Gb FC adapters to the 16 Gb FC switches
Part number/machine typeDescriptionQuantity
8737-x2xIBM Flex System x240 Compute Node with Embedded 10 Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter1 to 14
88Y6370IBM Flex System FC5022 2-port 16 Gb FC Adapter1 per server
8721-A1xIBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis1
449Y5212IBM Flex System Fabric EN4023 10 Gb Scalable Switch2
90Y9356IBM Flex System FC5022 24-port 16 Gb SAN Scalable Switch2

Refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC) for a list of supported Fibre Channel configurations:
http://ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic


Related publications

For more information see the IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Switches product publications, available from the IBM Flex System Information Center:
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/flexsys/information/index.jsp
  • User's Guide

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  • Fabric OS MIB Reference Manual
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11 April 2012

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