Brocade Targets Converged Networking

Arthur Cole

Brocade threw its hat into the Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) ring this week with a new switch and pair of Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) that the company says allow for a non-disruptive and rational deployment over existing network infrastructures.

Brocade also says that its new 8000 switch and 1010 and 1020 CNAs offer the "only end-to-end Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)-based solution that brings the Fibre Channel standard and Converged Enhanced Ethernet together," a claim that others, namely Emulex, might take issue with.

The 8000 is a Layer 2, top-rack switch sporting 24 10 GbE ports and eight 8 Gbps FC ports. Both the 1010 (single-port) and the 1020 (dual-port) CNAs can deliver up to 500,000 IOPS per port and are based on a single-application ASIC that melds standard TCP/IP Ethernet, converged Ethernet and storage transport capability on a single link.

All three devices are managed with Brocade's Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) platform, which oversees the link from server to SAN fabric to LAN.

Brocade also claims 50 reductions in both power consumption and size, compared to other CEE offerings, with twice the bandwidth.

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