IBM Converged Switch B32

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 23 April 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738435333
ISBN-13: 9780738435336
IBM Form #: SG24-7935-00
(218 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Shanmuganthan Kumaravel, Jose Rodriguez Ruibal


This IBM® Redbooks® document introduces the IBM Converged Switch B32. This switch supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Fibre Channel, Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), and traditional Ethernet protocol connectivity for servers and storage. FCoE is a new protocol that can expand Fibre Channel into the Ethernet environment, and it helps to combine and leverage the advantages of two technologies, Fibre Channel protocol and Ethernet.

Features of the IBM Converged Switch B32 include:

  • A 32-port multiprotocol switch for server I/O consolidation
  • Enterprise-class availability for business continuance
  • Improved return on investment and investment protection
  • Fabric security for mission-critical information

In the related publication An Introduction to Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and Fibre Channel over Convergence Enhanced Ethernet, REDP-4493 we introduce FCoE and CEE concepts.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Converged networking
Chapter 2. IBM Converged Switch B32 introduction
Chapter 3. Deployment considerations and best practices
Chapter 4. IBM Converged Switch B32 installation and configuration
Chapter 5. B32 Switch management with Web Tools

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