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Key Prerequisites; Planned Availability Date - IBM Ethernet Switch r-series User Manual

R-series high-capacity modular ethernet switches for versatile deployment
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• Interchangeable half-height line modules reduce sparing costs and provide cost-
effective modular growth
• Scalable hardware-based IP routing to 512,000 IPv4 routes per line module
• Advanced virtual output queue (VoQ) design eliminates head-of-line blocking and
provides scalable quality of service (QoS)
• End-to-end quality of service (QoS) supported with hardware based honoring,
marking and congestion management
• High-availability design features redundant and hot-pluggable hardware, Layer 2
software upgrades and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path
First (OSPF) restart
• Advanced nonblocking Clos fabric features adaptive self-routing with system
degradation in the event of two or more module failures
• Embedded sFlow per port supports scalable hardware-based traffic monitoring
across all switch ports without impacting performance

Key prerequisites

IronWare Operating System level R2.7.02, or later.
For a list of supported servers, refer to the

Planned availability date

September 4, 2009:
• IBM Ethernet Switch B04R (4003-R04)
• IBM Ethernet Switch B08R (4003-R08)
• IBM Ethernet Switch B16R (4003-R16)
October 30, 2009:
• IBM Ethernet Switch B32R (4003-R32)
The following geographies/countries apply to both planned availability dates above:
• U.S. and Canada
• All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries except:
Algeria, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea,
Belarus, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho,
Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldavia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Niger,
Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo,
Uganda, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo,
Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates, South Africa,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Yemen, and West Bank.
• All Latin American countries except:
Belize, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Suriname, Haiti, and
• All Asia Pacific countries except:
Brunei, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, China,
Vietnam, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Wallis and Futuna.
IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa
Hardware Announcement ZG09-0629
Hardware requirements
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