Brocade Eyes HBA Terrain

Arthur Cole

Still more action from Brocade this week. It was only last week that the company unveiled significant upgrades to the 48000 Director aimed at shoring up its claim to network fabric connectivity.


Now, it turns out that the top brass wants to get in on the action surrounding host bus adapters with plans to launch 4 Gbps Fibre Channel and iSCSI HBAs over the next few months. The 2110 iSCSI adapter will be aimed at Windows and Linux servers, while the PCIe-based Fibre Channel version will come in single- and dual-port versions for a range of platforms.


In short order, the company plans to expand into 8 Gbps and 10 Gbps versions designed to gel with next-gen SAN switching and other enterprise-class systems.


While Brocade can certainly leverage plenty of networking expertise for an HBA push, the waters might not be as smooth as some may think, with the likes of Cisco, Emulex and QLogic already well established. The company is staking its claim on connecting servers to storage networks, a move that has seen only limited success so far.


There's also the fact that Brocade is partnering with LSI Logic, which doesn't have a significant number of drivers to work with.


Still, with the 8 and 10 Gbps markets wide open, the company just might be able to pull the rug out from under the established players if it can come up with some truly innovative designs.

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