This IBM® Redbooks® Product Guide introduces IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6. It is a director-class storage area network (SAN) switch that is designed for deployment in large-scale storage networks to enable enterprise clouds and business transformation. By adding enterprise connectivity options that support IBM FICON® connectivity,
IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 delivers a high-performing and reliable FICON infrastructure that is designed to support fast and scalable IBM z Systems™ servers.
Layering a comprehensive set of intelligent features onto a high-performance, protocol-independent switch fabric, IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 addresses the stringent requirements of large virtualized data center storage environments: high availability, security, scalability, ease of management, and transparent integration of new technologies for flexible data center SAN solutions. Sharing the operating system and management interface with other data center switches, IBM Storage Networking SAN384C-6 enables seamless deployment of fabrics with high-performance Fibre Channel, IBM Fibre Connection (IBM FICON®), and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) connectivity to achieve low total cost of ownership (TCO).
For mission-critical enterprise storage networks that require secure, robust, cost-effective business-continuance services, the FCIP extension module is designed to deliver outstanding SAN extension performance, reducing latency for disk and tape operations with FCIP acceleration features, including FCIP write acceleration and FCIP tape write and read acceleration.
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