Overview - Qlogic 6-port Enterprise Fibre Channel Switch Module

At a glance

The Qlogic 6-port Enterprise Fibre Channel Switch Module is the latest Fibre Channel switching option for the IBM eServer BladeCenter. It integrates an enterprise fabric into the BladeCenter architecture. It provides higher bandwidth connectivity (up to 24Gbps full duplex) between the BladeCenter server blades and storage area networks (SANs) via higher external port count. This expanded connectivity presents a diskless storage opportunity for the server architecture. This SAN fabric switch delivers the advanced functions, performance, manageability, and scalability required by the most demanding SANs.

Part number

Qlogic 6-port Enterprise Fibre Channel Switch Module for IBM eServer BladeCenter, world-wide option part number (p/n) 26K6477, replacement part number (FRU) 26K6481.

Key features
  • Equivalent function to Qlogic SANBox 5200
  • Serves as a switching fabric option for the IBM BladeCenter chassis
  • Resides in I/O module slot 3 or 4 of the BladeCenter chassis
  • Connects to the server blades via 14 internal fabric port interfaces (server ports) over the BladeCenter midplane
  • Provides connectivity (SAN scaling) to up to 239 fabric switches
  • Provides six external auto-sensing GL (F, FL, or E) ports
  • Provides support for SNMP-manageable interfaces via two internal 100Mbps Ethernet links for switch setup and management
  • Six 2Gb uplinks
  • Switch management through CLI via Telnet, SAN Utility, and SAN Browser
  • SAN Utility and SAN Browser included:
    • SAN Utility
      • Views SAN layout through a topology map
      • Discovers details about devices logged into fabric
      • Saves and restores switch configurations
      • Provides optional account expiration setting for added security
      • Provides zoning via drag-and-drop operation with cross-checks for common configuration problems
    • SAN Browser
      • Is embedded SAN switch management application
      • Supports zoning
      • Identifies, isolates, and manages SAN events
      • Visualizes and tracks changes to SAN configuration
  • Systems management tools: IBM Director and Remote Deployment Manager, using a unified interface structure complexity
    • Availability features: System management, Redundant connectivity from blade server to SAN
  • Support for Non-Disruptive Code Load Activation (NDCLA) for upgrade and activation of switch firmware
  • In-band Fibre Channel and out-of-band Ethernet management capabilities
  • High-performance, highly available storage area network (SAN) at a competitive price
  • Easy to set up and integrate into core or edge SAN configurations
  • Integrates SAN switching capabilities to reduce complexity and increase SAN manageability
  • Leverages the leadership capabilities of our BladeCenter Alliance Partners to deliver the most technology choices of any blade server supplier
Key prerequisites and hardware requirements

IBM eServer BladeCenter chassis and processor blade:

  • IBM eServer BladeCenter, type 8677, all models
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter T, type 8720, all models
  • IBM eServer BladeCenter T, type 8730, all models
Software requirements


  • Announcement date: 07 Sep 2004
  • Availability date: 07 Sep 2004
Physical specifications

6-port Fibre Channel Switch Module:

  • Approximate height: 112 mm (4.4 inches)
  • Approximate width: 260 mm (10.2 inches)
  • Approximate depth: 29 mm (1.14 inches)
Shipment group

One box, 130 mm (5.12 inches) x 40 mm (1.57 inches), containing:

  • 6-port Fibre Channel Switch Module
  • Installation publication
  • License agreement
  • Support CD
  • Wrap plug
  • Safety flyer
Operating environment
  • Temperature: 10 to 35 (C) 50 to 95 (F)
  • Relative humidity: 8% to 80% noncondensing
Agency approvals
  • FCC part 15B Class A
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.60950-1-03
  • Canada ICES-003
  • VCCI Class A ITE (Japan)
  • C-Tick
  • CE Mark
  • CISPR 22 Class A
  • UL
  • cUL
  • TUV
  • A4EN55022 level A (EC)
  • Voltage fluctuations: EN61000-3-3
  • Harmonics: EN61000-3-2
  • Immunity: EN55024:1998
  • Energy-star compliance: No

    Note: The Energy Star emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.
Supported products

Description Marketing part number
Netfinity Fibre Channel 1 m cable 36L9973
LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable - 25 m 19K1249
Short Wave SFP Module 19K1271
LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable - 1 m 19K1247
LC-LC Fibre Channel Cable - 5 m 19K1248
Netfinity Fibre Channel 25 m cable 03K9305
LC-SC Fibre Channel Cable Adapter 19K1250
Long Wave SFP Module 19K1272

Applicable countries and regions


Document id:  MIGR-56844
Last modified:  2007-06-28
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