IBM b-type Data Center Networking: Product Introduction and Initial Setup

An IBM Redbooks publication


As organizations drive to transform and virtualize their IT infrastructures to reduce costs, and manage risk, networking is pivotal to success. Optimizing network performance, availability, adaptability, security, and cost is essential to achieving the maximum benefit from your infrastructure.

In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we address the requirements:

  • Expertise to plan and design networks with holistic consideration of servers, storage, application performance and manageability
  • Networking solutions that enable investment protection with performance and cost options that match your environment
  • Technology and expertise to design and implement and manage network security and resiliency
  • Robust network management software for integrated, simplified management that lowers operating costs of complex networks

IBM and Brocade have entered into an agreement to provide expanded network technology choices with the new IBM b-type Ethernet Switches and Routers, to provide an integrated end-to-end resiliency and security framework.

Combined with the IBM vast data center design experience and the Brocade networking expertise, this portfolio represents the ideal convergence of strength and intelligence. For organizations striving to transform and virtualize their IT infrastructure, such a combination can help you reduce costs, manage risks, and prepare for the future. This book is meant to be used along with "IBM b-type Data Center Networking: Design and Best Practices Introduction," SG24-7786.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Product introduction
Chapter 2. Command Line Interface and Element Manager basics
Chapter 3. Initial product setup
Chapter 4. Protocols and features
Chapter 5. Layer 2 switching
Chapter 6. Layer 3 routing
Chapter 7. Stacking (B50G model only)
Chapter 8. Quality of Service
Chapter 9. Network traffic security
Chapter 10. PoE and LLDP
Chapter 11. Multicast
Chapter 12. High availability network functions
Chapter 13. Manageability and monitoring
Chapter 14. Maintenance
Chapter 15. Interface hardware configuration

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24 June 2010

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