IBM has been selling IBM branded Brocade switches since 2001 when we announced the 8-port 2109-S08 and 16-port 2109-S16. These were classic switches that ran at 1 Gbps. They had a front operator panel with a small keypad (a feature which in the rush to fit in more SFPs, did not appear in future models). Since then IBM has gone on to sell many of Brocades switches and directors.
Sometimes you need to convert a Brocade model name to an IBM model name (or the other way around). One way to assure yourself with scientific accuracy which type of switch you are working on, is to telnet or SSH to a switch and issue a switchshow command. You will get a switchType value. In this example, my switch is a switchtype 27.2.
IBM_2005_H08a:admin> switchshow switchName: Switch01 switchType: 27.2
Or if you are using the Web GUI, you can also see the switch type on the opening screen. In this example the switch is a type 34.0.
Having scientifically determined the type of switch, we can now use my decoder ring to determine the IBM machine type, IBM model name and the Brocade model name. I have ordered the switches by Type number. There are three things to note:
- Brocade have dropped the Silkworm branding, so I have dropped it too.
- Each switch type has sub-types, for example 34.0 and 34.1. The difference is a sub-version number which is normally not published or documented.
- IBM announced 16 Gbps SAN switches on August 16, 2011 so I updated the chart on that date.
TYPE SPEED IBM TYPE IBM MODEL NAME BROCADE MODEL NAME 2.x 1 Gbps 3534-1RU Brocade 2010 3.x 1 Gbps 2109-S08 Brocade 2400 6.x 1 Gbps 2109-S16 Brocade 2800 9.x 2 Gbps 2109-F16 Brocade 3800 (Cylon) 10.x 2 Gbps 2109-M12 Brocade 12000 (Ulysses) 12.x 2 Gbps 2109-F32 Brocade 3900 (Terminator) 16.x 2 Gbps 3534-F08 Brocade 3200 (Mojo) 21.x 2 Gbps 2109-M14 Brocade 24000 (Meteor) 22.x 2 Gbps IBM BladeCenter Module Brocade 3016 (Blazer) 26.x 2 Gbps 2005-H16 Brocade 3850 (Dazzler) 27.x 2 Gbps 2005-H08 Brocade 3250 (DazzlerJR) 32.x 4 Gbps 2005-B32 SAN32B-2 Brocade 4100 (Pulsar) 34.x 4 Gbps 2005-B16 SAN16B-2 Brocade 200E (Stealth) 37.x 4 Gbps IBM BladeCenter module Brocade 4020 (Blazer2) 38.x 2 Gbps 2109-A16 SAN16B-R Brocade AP7420 (Mars) 42.x 4 Gbps 2109-M48 SAN256B Brocade 48000 (Saturn) 43.x 4 Gbps HP BladeCenter Module Brocade 4024 44.x 4 Gbps 2005-B64 SAN64B-2 Brocade 4900 (Viking) 46.x 4 Gbps 2005-R18 SAN18B-R Brocade 7500 (Sprint) 46.x 4 Gbps 2005-R04 SAN04B-R Brocade 7500E (Sprint) 58.x 4 Gbps 2005-B5K SAN32B-3 Brocade 5000 (Pulsar2) 62.x 8 Gbps 2499-384 SAN768B Brocade DCX 64.x 8 Gbps 2498-B80 SAN80B-4 Brocade 5300 66.x 8 Gbps 2498-40E SAN40B-4 Express Brocade 5100 66.x 8 Gbps 2498-B40 SAN40B-4 Brocade 5100 67.x 8 Gbps 2498-E32 Encryption Switch Brocade Encryption Switch 71.x 8 Gbps 2498-24E SAN24B-4 Express Brocade 300 71.x 8 Gbps 2498-B24 SAN24B-4 Brocade 300 73.x 8 Gbps 10 port IBM BladeCenter module Brocade 5470 (Blazer3) 73.x 8 Gbps 20 port IBM BladeCenter module Brocade 5470 (Blazer3) 76.x CEE 3758-B32 IBM Converged Switch Brocade 8000 77.x 8 Gbps 2499-192 SAN384B Brocade DCX-4S 83.x 8 Gbps 2498-R06 SAN06B-R Brocade 7800 121.x 16 Gbps 2499-416 SAN384B-2 Brocade DCX8510-4 120.x 16 Gbps 2499-816 SAN384B-4 Brocade DCX8510-8 109.x 16 Gbps 2499-F48 SAN48B-5 Brocade 6510
If you use Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM), it actually displays the Switch Type using Brocade model names. Here is an example report from the DCFM we are running in my lab. This level of information is very helpful.