IBM SAN Directors

Model Ports Performance Add to Request?
SAN256B 16-256 Auto-sensing 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 4Gbps Add
SAN256M 64-256 Auto-sensing 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 4Gbps Add
SAN140M 16-140 Auto-sensing 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 4Gbps Add
SAN Switch M14 32-128 Auto-sensing 1Gbps and 2Gbps Add
SANC40M Cabinet   Fit up to 39U of M-Type Switches in a Space-Saving Cabinet and up to 512 Fibre Channel Ports Add


  • IBM SAN256BSupports FICON Director switching with Fibre/FICON intermix and FICON cascading
  • Built-in hardware redundancy to avoid single points of failure
  • Configure with one or two routing blades
  • Advanced Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking
  • FC-FC Routing
  • Web Tools
  • Advanced Zoning
  • Fabric Watch
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Fabric Access Layer API

Optional Features:

  • Remote Switch Activation
  • Extended Fabric Activation
  • FICON CUP (Control Unit Port)
  • FCIP Activation for long-distance SAN connectivity tunneling


  • IBM SAN256MFICON Switching
  • Support for up to 10Gbps ISLs
  • Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager
  • SANtegrity Binding for authentication and cascading between multiple directors
  • FICON CUP (Control Unit Port) & ESCON compatibility
  • Open Trunking
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Director LPAR and Open VSAN for IT simplification
  • Redundant power supplies, cooling fans, and processors
  • 14U form factor


  • IBM SAN140MFICON Switching
  • support for up to 10Gbps ISLs
  • Redundant power supplies, cooling fans, and processors
  • Hot-swappable, field replaceable components
  • Enterprise Fabric Connectivity Manager
  • Automatic fault detection and isolation
  • 12U form factor
  • Single stage switching architecture for low-latency
  • N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Open trunking
  • Open System Management Server
  • SANtegrity Binding for authentication
  • Preferred Path Option

SAN Switch M14

  • IBM SANM14FICON Switching
  • Zoning
  • Support for up to 10Gbps ISLs
  • Fabric Watch
  • ISL Trunking
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Fabric Manager
  • Redundant hot-pluggable hardware components, including processors, power supplies, and cooling fans
  • Concurrent hardware and firmware maintenance without downtime
  • Frame Filtering for intelligent fabric services
  • N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV)


  • IBM SANC40MDual power distribution
  • 1U management server and 39U for M-type switches and directors
  • supports up to 512 Fibre Channel ports, and up to 24 Ethernet ports
  • supports up to 28 power connections, or 14 with dual independent power distribution

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