IBM b-type Data Center Networking: Design and Best Practices Introduction

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 30 December 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738435015
ISBN-13: 9780738435015
IBM Form #: SG24-7786-01
(614 pages)

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Authors: Jon Tate, Norman Bogard, Michal Holenia, Sebastian Oglaza, Steven Tong


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 these 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: Product Introduction and Initial Setup," SG24-7785.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Smarter data center
Chapter 2. Product introduction
Chapter 3. Networking introduction
Chapter 4. Making the network highly available
Chapter 5. Quality of Service
Chapter 6. Data Center Virtualization
Chapter 7. Security
Chapter 8. Management
Chapter 9. IP Storage Area Networks
Chapter 10. Data center network design
Chapter 11. Network design for the enterprise
Chapter 12. Voice over IP
Chapter 13. Network design for high performance computing
Chapter 14. IBM networking and systems solutions
Appendix A. IBM Ethernet in the green data center
Appendix B. Introduction to the IBM b-type g-series Ethernet Switch

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