Brocade Joins the 8G Fibre Channel Party

Arthur Cole

Brocade hit the ground running this week with its 8 Gbps Fibre Channel line-up, adding a dose of intelligence designed to foster enhanced server virtualization, reports CRN.


The line includes a new set of HBAs in single- and dual-port configurations that have the ability to maintain application service while virtual servers are provisioned and reprovisioned across the SAN. It can also chart secondary SAN routes during peak usage periods to avoid network bottlenecks. The devices were designed in-house, marking a break in the company's record of using technology from LSI Corp.


Also new is a trio of 8G Fibre Channel switches. The Brocade 300 is the entry-level device, offering eight to 24 ports, while the Brocade 5100 goes from 24 to 40 ports. The top-level 5300 switch ranges from 48 to 80 ports.


Availability is expected by June from Brocade's wide-ranging distribution and reseller channel, including bundled systems from IBM, Sun, Dell, EMC and HP.

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