IBM Brocade Switch for BladeCenter decoder

IBM have offered Brocade switch modules for their BladeCenters for many years.   One common question I get asked regards which of these Switch Modules are supported with the IBM Storwize V7000 or IBM XIV.

Your first port of call is the System Storage Interoperation center or SSIC.  However that will only list the switch modules by the IBM Feature Part Number (for example 26K5601), which may confuse you.   So to help you determine which switch module you possess, here is a history of Brocade SAN switch modules for IBM BladeCenter:

2 Gbps Brocade Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter

There are two switches listed, but they are actually the same switch with different software features.  The Enterprise version had extra licenses like Trunking and Extended Fabrics.  These products were withdrawn from marketing on May 26, 2006.

Speed

2 Gbps

2 Gbps

IBM Product Name

Brocade Entry Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Brocade Enterprise Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Ports

2 External
14 Internal

2 External
14 Internal

IBM Feature Part Number

26K5601

90P0165

Brocade Product Number

3016 (Blazer)

3016 (Blazer)

Brocade Switch Type Numer

22.x

22.x

IBM FRU Number

90P0164

90P0164

Brocade ASIC Type

Bloom2

Bloom2

Minimum FOS Version

FOS v4.2.x

FOS v4.2.x

Maximum FOS Version

FOS v5.3.x

FOS v5.3.x

4 Gbps Brocade Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter

IBM offered two models which were physically identical.   You could upgrade from the 10 port to the 20 port with a software activation key.   These products were withdrawn from marketing on December 31, 2010.

Speed

4 Gbps

4 Gbps

IBM Product Name

Brocade 10-port SAN Switch Module for IBM eServer™ BladeCenter

Brocade 20-port SAN Switch Module for IBM eServer BladeCenter

Ports

3 external
7 internal

6 external
14 internal

IBM Feature Part Number

32R1813

32R1812

Brocade Product Number

4020 (Blazer2)

4020 (Blazer2)

Brocade Switch Type Numer

37.x

37.x

IBM FRU Number

32R1821

32R1820

Brocade ASIC Type

GoldenEye

GoldenEye

Minimum FOS Version

FOS v5.0.4

FOS v5.0.4

Maximum FOS Version

FOS v6.2.x

FOS v6.2.x

8 Gbps Brocade Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter

There are actually three models available but I have collapsed them down to two.  The 20 port switch is offered as both Enterprise and non-Enterprise.  The 42C1828 switch module is the Enterprise version that has more licensed software features such as Trunking, Fabric Watch and Extended Fabrics (and is indicated with an *).

Speed

8 Gbps

8 Gbps

IBM Product Name

Brocade 10-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Brocade 20-port 8Gb SAN Switch Module for IBM BladeCenter

Ports

3 external
7 internal

6 external
14 internal

IBM Feature Part Number

44X1921

44X1920,42C1828*

Brocade Product Number

5470 (Blazer3)

5470 (Blazer3)

Brocade Switch Type Numer

73.x

73.x

IBM FRU Number

44X1927

44X1926/42C1835*

Brocade ASIC Type

Condor2

Condor2

Minimum FOS Version

FOS v6.2.x

FOS v6.2.x

Maximum FOS Version

At the moment the SSIC does not list every switch module.  However support is available for many configurations via the IBM SCORE request system (sometimes called an RPQ).  Your IBM pre-sales storage specialist can raise one of these.  Depending on your request you may get a support statement as quickly as overnight.

If your wondering what an IBM FRU number is:  a FRU or Field Replacement Unit is the part number used in the IBM spare parts system to replace your part under warranty or maintenance agreement.

If you want the information above in a spreadsheet format, you can find it here.

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About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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