IBM b-type Gen 7 Installation, Migration, and Best Practices Guide

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 29 March 2022

cover image

ISBN-10: 0738460478
ISBN-13: 9780738460475
IBM Form #: SG24-8497-01
(364 pages)

More options

Rate and comment

Authors: Brian Larsen, Kameswara Bhaskarabhatla, Matt Brennan, AJ Casamento, Jack Consoli, Mark Detrick, Johnny Fonseca, Tim Jeka


The IBM® b-type Gen 7 Fibre Channel directors and switches provide reliable, scalable, and secure high-performance foundations for high-density server virtualization, cloud architectures, and next generation flash and SSD storage. They are designed to meet the demands of highly virtualized private cloud storage and data center environments.

This IBM Redbooks® publication helps administrators understand how to implement or migrate to an IBM b-type Gen 7 SAN. It provides an overview of the key hardware and software products and explains how to install, monitor, tune, and troubleshoot your storage area network (SAN).

Read this publication to learn about fabric design, and managing and monitoring your SAN environment.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM b-type Gen 7
Chapter 2. IBM b-type Gen 7 product review
Chapter 3. Gen 7 Fabric Operating System overview
Chapter 4. Virtual Fabrics overview
Chapter 5. Fibre Channel SAN design, implementation, and migration
Chapter 6. FICON design, implementation, and migration
Chapter 7. IBM b-type Gen 7 extension design, implementation, and migration
Chapter 8. NVMe over Fibre Channel SAN design, implementation, and migration strategies
Chapter 9. Brocade Fabric OS administrative tools and diagnostics
Chapter 10. IBM b-type Gen 7 SAN automation
Chapter 11. IBM SANnav Management Suite overview
Chapter 12. Storage area network security
Appendix A. Fabric details
Appendix B. Brocade Fabric OS CLI monitoring commands

Follow IBM Redbooks

Follow IBM Redbooks