Product Details of the 24-Port Switch Fibre Channel
In the realm of data storage and management, efficient and reliable systems are crucial for businesses and enterprises to ensure seamless operations. One such integral component is the IBM 2498-B24 System Storage Fibre Channel 8GB 24 Ports Switch. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the intricacies of this storage switch, exploring its features, functionalities, and the significance it holds in modern data-centric environments.
Understanding Fibre Channel Technology
Before delving into the specifics of the IBM 2498-B24, it's essential to grasp the foundational technology it utilizes – Fibre Channel.System Storage Fibre Channel is a high-speed network technology primarily designed for storage networking. It provides a fast and reliable connection between servers and storage devices, enabling the transfer of large volumes of data with low latency.
Core Features of Fibre Channel
Fibre Channel offers high bandwidth, facilitating the rapid transfer of data. The 8GB bandwidth in the IBM 2498-B24 ensures efficient data flow within the storage network.
Low latency is critical in storage environments, especially for applications that demand real-time data access. Fibre Channel's low latency ensures prompt data retrieval and storage.
Fibre Channel is renowned for its reliability. It employs redundant paths and features to ensure data availability and integrity, reducing the risk of data loss.
IBM 2498-B24 System Storage Fibre Channel 8GB 24 Ports Switch Overview
Now, let's shift our focus to the IBM 2498-B24 switch, a prominent player in the Fibre Channel landscape.
The '24 Ports' in the product name signifies the number of ports available on the switch. This configuration is particularly beneficial in large-scale storage networks where numerous devices need to be connected.
The '8GB' denotes the switch's impressive bandwidth capacity. This feature is pivotal for handling the ever-increasing volumes of data generated by modern applications and processes.
The IBM 2498-B24 boasts a robust switching capacity that ensures efficient and simultaneous data transfers across all connected devices. This is especially critical in environments with high data traffic.
The switch's modular design allows for scalability. As the storage needs of an organization grow, additional modules can be seamlessly integrated, providing a future-proof solution. Efficient management is paramount in storage networks. The IBM 2498-B24 comes equipped with user-friendly management interfaces, making it easier for administrators to monitor and configure the switch.
Redundancy and Reliability
Redundancy features, such as dual power supplies and hot-swappable components, enhance the reliability of the switch. In the event of a failure, these features ensure minimal downtime and data disruption.
Use Cases and Applications
Understanding how the IBM 2498-B24 fits into various use cases is essential for organizations considering its integration into their storage infrastructure.
Enterprise Data Centers
Large-scale data centres handling vast amounts of information benefit from the IBM 2498-B24's high port count and bandwidth. It efficiently manages the data flow within the complex architecture of enterprise-level data centres.
In cloud environments where rapid scalability and reliability are paramount, the IBM 2498-B24's modular design aligns with the dynamic nature of cloud-based storage solutions.
High-Performance Computing (HPC)
HPC environments, which demand swift data exchanges for complex computations, find the IBM 2498-B24's low latency and high bandwidth indispensable.
Data Backup and Recovery
In scenarios where data backup and recovery are critical, the switch's reliability features play a pivotal role. Redundancy ensures continuous data availability, even during maintenance or component failures.
General Information about the IBM 2498-B24
- Manufacturer: IBM
- Model Number or SKU# 2498-B24
- Product Type: Fibre Channel Switch
- Ports Quantity: 8 x Fiber Optic
- Data Transfer Rate: 8.48 Gbps
- Data Link Protocol: 8GB Fibre Channel
- Fibre Channel: FC-IP, FC-PH, FC-SW-2
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Features: Auto-sensing per device, Ports on demand
- 1 X IBM Powerpc 440epx : 667 MHz
- RAM: 512 MB SDRAM
- Flash Memory: 1 GB
Expansion / Connectivity
- 1 x Management - Ethernet - RJ-45
- 1 x Management - RS-232 - RJ-45
- 1 x USB
- Power Device: Power Supply - Internal
- Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
- Power Consumption Operational: 57 Watts
In short, the IBM 2498-B24 24 Ports System Storage 8GB Fibre Channel Switch stands as a formidable solution for organizations seeking a robust, high-performance storage networking solution. With its advanced features, scalability, and reliability, it addresses the demanding requirements of modern data-centric environments. However, potential users should carefully evaluate their specific needs, considering factors such as cost, compatibility, and skill requirements, to ensure seamless integration and optimal performance. By understanding the capabilities and considerations associated with the IBM 2498-B24, organizations can make informed decisions to enhance their storage infrastructure and meet the challenges of an ever-expanding digital landscape.
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