IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T

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Abstract

The IBM® System Networking RackSwitch™ G8264T with support for 10GBase-T and 40-Gb Ethernet connections is ideal for clients who are looking to expand into 10-Gb environments without compromising their data center’s overall total cost of ownership (TCO). It provides flexible connectivity for high-speed server and storage devices across distances up to 100m at a low cost. The G8264T has a feature-rich design with key virtualization features such as CEE, high availability, and enterprise class Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionalities.

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The IBM® System Networking RackSwitch G8264T that uses 10Gbase-T and 40-Gb QSFP+ Ethernet technology is specifically designed for the data center and is ideal for today's big data, cloud, and optimized workload solutions. It is an enterprise class Layer 2 and Layer 3 full-featured switch that delivers line-rate, high-bandwidth switching, filtering, and traffic queuing without delaying data. Large data-center grade buffers help keep traffic moving, while the redundant power and fans and numerous high availability features help provide high availability for business-sensitive traffic.

The G8264T shown in Figure 1 is part of a comprehensive 10GBase-T IBM solution that includes servers, storage, and networking. This solution also provides improved virtualization, better management, and smarter connectivity options for next generation data centers. G8264T provides flexible connectivity across distances up to 100m at a low cost, making the G8264T an optimal choice for clients who want to connect high-speed server and storage devices.

IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T
Figure 1. IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T


Did you know?
  • The G8264T offers forty-eight 10Gbase-T connections, allowing for the use of cost-effective CAT6/6A cables for distances up to 100m.
  • The RackSwitch G8264T supports numerous types of configurations, including 1 Gb, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb, network-attached storage (NAS), and iSCSI.
  • IBM is a leader in network virtualization, offering the on-switch IBM VMready® software that reduces the complexity of managing virtual machines (VMs) in the network. For more information about IBM VMready, go to:
    http://www.ibm.com/systems/networking/software/vmready
  • G8264Tis SDN ready with its OpenFlow support. With OpenFlow, you can easily create user-controlled virtual networks, optimize performance dynamically, and minimize complexity when used with an OpenFlow controller. For example IBM SDN VE, OpenFlow edition: www.ibm.com/systems/networking/software/sdnveof/
    http://www.ibm.com/systems/networking/software/sdnveof/
Part number information

Table 1 lists the part numbers for ordering IBM System x® and IBM Power Systems™ modules and additional options. Products are ordered through IBM System x and IBM Storage and Power ordering systems.

Note: Transceivers are not included in the purchase of the switch, and all transceivers require the appropriate cables.

Table 1. IBM part numbers and feature codes for ordering (part 1)
DescriptionSystem x part numberPower Systems and Storage feature code
IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T
(Rear-to-Front)
7309CR91455-48T
IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T
(Front-to-Rear)
7309CF9

Table 1. IBM part numbers and feature codes for ordering (part 2)
40 Gb optionsSystem x part number Power Systems feature code
IBM QSFP+ SR4 Transceiver49Y7884 EB27
  • 10 m IBM QSFP+ MTP Optical Cable
90Y3519 EB2J
  • 30 m IBM QSPF+ MTP Optical Cable
90Y3521 EB2K
IBM QSFP+ 40GBase – eSR4 Transceiver 00FE325
  • 1m IBM MTP-4LC OM3 MMF Break Out Cable
00FM412
  • 3m IBM MTP-4LC OM3 MMF Break Out Cable
00FM413
  • 5m IBM MTP-4LC OM3 MMF Break Out Cable
00FM414
IBM QSFP+ LR4 Transceiver** 00D6222
1 m IBM QSFP+ DAC Break Out Cable*49Y7886 EB24
3 m IBM QSFP+ DAC Break Out Cable*49Y7887EB25
5 m IBM QSFP+ DAC Break Out Cable*49Y7888 EB26
1 m IBM QSFP+-to-QSFP+ Cable*49Y7890EB2B
3 m IBM QSFP+-to-QSFP+ Cable*49Y7891EB2H
5 m IBM QSFP+-to-QSFP+ Cable*00D5810ECBN
7 m IBM QSFP+-to-QSFP+ Cable*00D4813ECBP
* QSFP+ DAC Break Out cables and QSFP+ to QSFP+ cables not supported for Power Systems 10Gb NICs. Used for switch to switch connectivity only.
** LR4 transceiver up to 10 km over LC-LC single mode fibre (SMF).
Table 1. IBM part numbers and feature codes for ordering (part 3)
Miscellaneous options System x part numberPower Systems feature code
IBM System Networking Adjustable 19" 4 Post Rail Kit00D6185EU27
IBM System Networking Recessed 19" 4 Post Rail Kit (NeXtScale)00CG089
Air Inlet Duct for 483 mm RackSwitch* 00D6060
Front-to-rear, hot-swappable 750WCFF power supply spare 00D5857Sold as FRU
Rear-to-front, hot-swappable 750WCFF power supply spare 00D5858Sold as FRU
Front-to-rear, hot-swappable fan assembly spare 49Y7939Sold as FRU
Rear-to-front, hot-swappable fan assembly spare 88Y6026Sold as FRU
Console cable kit spare 90Y9462 EUC4
* Requires IBM System Networking Adjustable 19" 4 Post Rail Kit

With the flexibility of the IBM G8264T, you can take advantage of the following technologies that are required for multiple environments:
  • For 1 Gb links, you can simple use Cat5 type cabling.
  • For 10 Gb, you can use the following items:
    • 10GBase-T allows CAT6 or CAT6A cables for cost-effective long distances.
    • Leverage the QSFP+ break out cable to get up to four 10Gb SFP+ connections per QSFP+ port.
  • For 40 G to 40 G connectivity, clients can use IBM QSFP+ to QSFP+ cables up to 7 meters, or combine 40 G transceivers and optical cables for longer distances. For distances of up to 100 meters, clients can use QSFP+ SR4 transceivers which use optical cables with MTP connectors using OM4 grade fiber. For distances up to 10 km, clients can use the QSFP+ LR4 transceiver, which uses optical cables with LC connectors using single mode fiber (SMF).

For the options and their supported distances, see Figure 2.

Options and their supported distances
Figure 2. Options and their supported distances

The module part numbers include the following items:
  • One IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T
  • Generic Rail Mount Kit (2-post)
  • IBM serial cable

Power cords, listed in Table 2, are shipped separately at an additional charge.

Table 2. Power cords and descriptions for IBM System x
Power cordDescription
39Y7917Power Cord Europe AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7918Power Cord Europe (Denmark) AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7919Power Cord Europe (Switzerland) AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7920Power Cord Israel AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7922Power Cord South Africa AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7923Power Cord UK AC plug 13A/250 V; OPT
39Y7924Power Cord Australia AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7925Power Cord Korea AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
46M2593Power Cord Japan AC plug 10A/125 V; OPT
39Y7927Power Cord India AC plug 10A/250 V; OPT
39Y7928Power Cord China AC plug 16A/250 V; OPT
39Y7929Power Cord Brazil AC plug 16A/250 V; OPT
39Y7930Power Cord Uruguay/Argentina AC plug 16A/250 V; OPT
46M2592Power Cord US/Canada AC plug 10A/125 V; OPT

Table 3 lists the line cords, descriptions, and feature codes.

Table 3. Line cords description and IBM Power System and Storage feature codes
DescriptionFeature code
Power Cord 4.3m (14-ft), Drawer to Wall/IBM PDU (250V/10A) 6458
Power Cord 4.3m (14-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU (250V/15A) U. S.6469
Power Cord 1.8m (6-ft), Drawer to Wall (125V/15A)6470
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU (125V/15A)6471
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU (250V/16A)6472
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU (250V/10A)6473
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/13A)6474
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/16A)6475
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6476
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/16A)6477
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (125V/15A or 250V/10A)6488
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6493
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6494
Power Cord 4.3m (14-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU (125V/15A)6660
Power Cord 2.8m (9.2-ft), Drawer to Wall/IBM PDU, (250V/ 10A)6665
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6680
Power Cord 2.7m (9-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6671
Power Cord 1.5m (5-ft), Drawer to Wall/OEM PDU, (250V/10A)6672


Benefits

The IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T offers the following benefits:
  • Low cost cabling

    The ability to use CAT6 or CAT6A cabling can save clients thousands of dollars for connections anywhere from a couple of feet to 100 meters, compared to SFP+ models.

  • High performance

    If you require the use of 10GBase-T, the 10-Gb/40-Gb capabilities provide the best combination of nonblocking line-rate switching with throughput of 1.2 Tbps.

  • Lower power and better cooling

    The typical power consumption of the IBM RackSwitch G8264T is 385 W, which is a fraction of the power consumption of most competitive 10GBase-T offerings. Unlike side-cooled switches, which can cause heat recirculation and reliability concerns, the front-to-rear or rear-to-front cooling design of the G8264T reduces data center air conditioning costs by having airflow match the servers in the rack. In addition, variable speed fans assist in automatically reducing power consumption.

  • VM-aware networking

    IBM VMready software on the switch simplifies configuration and improves security in virtualized environments. VMready automatically detects virtual machine movement between physical servers and instantly reconfigures the network policies of each VM across the VLANs to keep the network up and running without interrupting traffic or impacting performance. VMready works with all leading VM hypervisors.

  • Layer 3 functionality

    The IBM switch includes Layer 3 functionality, which provides security and performance benefits, as inter-VLAN traffic stays within the switch. This switch also provides the full range of Layer 3 protocols from static routes for technologies such as Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for enterprise customers.

  • Seamless interoperability

    IBM switches perform seamlessly with upstream switches from other vendors.

  • Fault tolerance

    These IBM 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, and HotLink.

  • OpenFlow enabled

    The RackSwitch G8264T offers benefits of OpenFlow. OpenFlow is the new open application programming interface (API) that enables the network administrator to easily configure and manage virtual networks that control traffic on a “per-flow” basis. It creates multiple independent virtual networks and related policies without dealing with the complexities of the underlying physical network and protocols. The G8264T can also be used with the IBM Programmable Network Controller, which is the IBM network controller that is compliant with OpenFlow.

  • Multicast

    Supports IGMP Snooping v1, v2, and v3 with 2 K IGMP groups, in addition to Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) such as PIM Sparse Mode or PIM Dense Mode. See Table 4 to select the appropriate switch.


Table 4. Comparison of the IBM RackSwitch G8264 and IBM RackSwitch G8264T features
IBM RackSwitch G8264
IBM RackSwitch G8264T
Port typesBased on SFP+Based on 10GBase-T
LatencyLower latency: 880 nanosecond3.2 microseconds
StackingYesNo
Typical powerLower power: :275 wattsCompetitive versus other 10GBase-T, 385W
Copper cable lengthUp to 7mUp to 100m
Total distanceUp to 40KM with TransceiverLimited to 100m
TCOLess than other SFP+Lower TCO: For 100m and less
(based on adapter, cables and switch)


Warranty information

The IBM RackSwitch G8264T includes an IBM standard 3-year hardware warranty with Next Business Day (NBD), 9x5, Customer Replaceable Unit (CRU) warranty service and software warranty. IBM also reserves the right to provide new features as part of future software releases. Software Upgrade Entitlement is based on the switch’s warranty or post warranty extension and service contracts.


Features and specifications

Performance, hardware, and software features are described in the following lists.

Performance

IBM RackSwitch G8264T has the following performance:
  • 100% Line rate performance
  • 1280 Gbps non-blocking switching throughput (full duplex)
  • Latency: 3.2 microseconds
  • 960 Mpps

Hardware features

IBM RackSwitch G8264T has the following hardware features:
  • Models
    • IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T Rear-to-Front Versions
      For ports in the rear of the rack matching System x, IBM BladeCenter®, IBM Flex System, and Power Systems designs
    • IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264T Front-to-Rear Versions
      For ports in the front of the rack matching airflow of IBM iDataPlex® and NeXtScale systems
  • Interface options
    • Forty-eight 10Gbase-T/1000Base-T RJ45 ports (10 GbE and 1 GbE)
    • Four QSFP+ ports (40 GbE)
    • One 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45 port for out-of-band management
    • One USB port for mass storage device connection
    • One mini-USB Console port for serial access
    • Server-like port orientations, enabling short and simple cabling
  • Dimensions:
    • 17.3 inches wide, 20.3 inches deep, 1 RU high
  • Weight:
    • 11.1 kg (24.5 lb)
    • Rack Installation Kit
    • Generic Rack Mount Kit (2-post)
    • Can be mounted vertically or horizontally
    • LEDs
    • System LEDs to indicate link status, fan, power, and stacking
    • Airflow
    • Front-to-rear or rear-to-front cooling
    • Redundant variable hot-swap speed fans for reduced power draw
Figure 3 shows the rear view of the IBM RackSwitch G8264T.

Rear view of IBM RackSwitch G8264T
Figure 3. Rear view of IBM RackSwitch G8264T
  • Power
    • Dual hot swap power modules, 50 - 60 Hz, 100 - 240 VAC auto-switching per module
    • Typical power consumption of 385 Watts
  • Environmental specifications
    • Temperature: Ambient operating: 0º C to + 40º C
    • Relative humidity: Noncondensing, operating 10 - 90%
    • Altitude: Operating 1,800 m (6,000 feet)
    • Typical heat dissipation: 1330 BTU/hour
    • Mean time between failures (MTBF): 107,639 hours at 40 °C

Software features

IBM RackSwitch G8264T has the following software features (see technical documentation for latest features):
  • Security
    • RADIUS
    • TACACS+
    • SCP
    • Wire Speed Filtering: Allow and Deny
    • SSH v1, v2
    • HTTPS Secure BBI
    • Secure interface login and password
    • MAC address move notification
    • Shift B Boot menu (Password Recovery/ Factory Default)
  • VLANs
    • Port-based VLANs
    • 4096 VLAN ids supported
    • 2048 Active VLANs (802.1Q)
    • 802.1x with Guest VLAN
    • Private VLAN Edge
  • Lossless Ethernet
    • 802.1 Data Center Bridging
    • Priority Based Flow Control (PFC)
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS)
    • Data Center Bridge Exchange protocol (DCBX)
    • FIP Snooping
    • Converged Enhanced Ethernet
  • Trunking
    • LACP
    • Static Trunks (EtherChannel)
    • Configurable Trunk Hash algorithm
  • Spanning Tree
    • Multiple Spanning Tree (802.1 s)
    • Rapid Spanning Tree (802.1 w)
    • PVRST+
    • Fast Uplink Convergence
    • BPDU guard
  • Quality of Service
    • QoS 802.1p (priority queues)
    • DSCP remarking
    • Metering
  • Routing protocols
    • RIP v1/v2
    • OSPF
    • BGP
    • IPv6 OSPF v3 (RFC 5340)
  • High availability
    • Layer 2 failover
    • HotLinks
    • Virtual Router Redundancy support (VRRP)
  • Multicast
    • IGMP Snooping v1, v2, and v3 with 2 K IGMP groups
    • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM Sparse Mode/Dense Mode)
  • Monitoring
    • Port mirroring
    • ACL-based mirroring
    • sFlow Version 5
  • OpenFlow
    • OpenFlow hybrid mode
    • OpenFlow v1.0 and v1.3.1 (starting with IBM Networking OS 7.9)
  • Virtualization
    • VMready with VI API support
  • Clients
    • System Networking Switch Center (SNSC)
    • ISCLI (Cisco-like)
    • Scriptable CLI
    • Browser-based client or Telnet
  • Standard protocols
    • IPv4, IPv6
    • SNMP v1, v2c, and v3
    • RMON
    • Secondary NTP Support
    • DHCP Client
    • DHCP Relay
    • LLDP
    • 128 K MAC Table
    • 9 K Jumbo Frames
    • 802.3X Flow Control
  • Upgrades
    • Upgrade firmware via serial or TFTP
    • Dual software images


Popular configurations

This section describes the following common configurations for the G8264T:
  • Rack-optimized server aggregation for rack servers using 10GBase-T
  • iSCSI storage implementation

Rack-optimized server aggregation for rack servers using 10GBase-T

The RackSwitch G8264T is an ideal networking device for port aggregation, allowing the consolidation of one to three racks full of IBM System x type servers before connecting to an upstream switch. IBM System x servers can use a 10GBase-T adapter installed, such as the Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM System x, and then CAT6/6A cables can be used to connect upstream to the G8264T. The RackSwitch G8316 would be an attractive offering for 40Gb upstream connects from the G8264T helping clients create a flat two layer networking implementation as shown in Figure 4.

G8316 Aggregation for multiple G8264T switches
Figure 4. G8316 Aggregation for multiple G8264T switches

For more information, see Broadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter for IBM System x, TIPS0846, at: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0846.html?Open

iSCSI storage implementation

If you need to use iSCSI or other storage offerings based on 10GBase-T, for example, the IBM System Storage® DS3512, see IBM System Storage DS3500 Express: Affordable performance and flexibility with greater scalability, efficiency and ease of use at:
http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/tsd03097usen/TSD03097USEN.PDF

The IBM RackSwitch G8264T is a good solution for connecting IBM servers and IBM System Storage DS3500, as shown in Figure 5.

The G8264T connected to DS3500
Figure 5. The G8264T connected to DS3500


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