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Alejandro Rivas Detomasi
Real User
System X & P / Blade / Storage / SAN Hardware and Software Support at GEOCOM Uruguay S.A.
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Best features in my opinion: * 24 8GB ports * Fabric OS * Short-wave and long-wave capabilities * ISL possibilities with other brands

How has it helped my organization?

Thanks to the SAN24B, now we can interconnect our hosts with every storage in our SAN, ideal for the virtualization platform we use (VMware), and also interconnect our two… more»

What needs improvement?

This product can improve in the out-of-the-box features; for example, licensing 16 ports instead of 8.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As usual, IBM products are expensive if you compare them with the competition, but usually they are worth it. This is the case.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before IBM/Brocade switches, I use to have Cisco SAN switches. I decided to change brands because Cisco switches are really difficult to administrate, its interface is… more»

What other advice do I have?

In my experience, it is one of the most reliable options in SAN switches. Let´s say that the SAN24 is the perfect combination between two great brands (IBM hardware and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we only evaluated Cisco SAN options.

What is IBM SAN24B-4 Express?

The IBM System Storage SAN24B-4 Express fabric switch is designed to meet the needs of small- to medium-sized storage area network (SAN) environments.
Also known as
SAN24B-4 Express
IBM SAN24B-4 Express customers
ADP, McKesson Technology Solutions, Migros Zurich, Mars Incorporated, Grupo Hefame, Williams-Sonoma