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McData unveils 2GB switches

Nearly six months after announcing its intentions to upgrade its family of switches and directors, McData has announced the imminent availability of its products at 2GB speeds at the Storage Networking World conference.

Peter Dougherty, vice-president of business development and strategic alliances at McData, said that all of the company's existing switches and directors can be upgraded to 2GB from 1GB via a new port card.

McData's existing ED6064 will be replaced by 2GB switches, as will its ES3016 and ES3032.

McData has also announced the ability to do open trunking. Load balancing can be accomplished between any combination of switch and director connected together via a software upgrade to the switch's firmware.

This is accomplished by changing the routing that occurs, therefore optimising traffic for improved performance. McData also adds that the software allows trunking to occur across McData's competitor's products.

The company also announced Version 3.0 of its SANavigator storage network management software. The latest version provides storage administrators with tools to improve planning, configuration, and managing network elements in a storage area network.

The product's latest features include a policy engine that permits administrators to define thresholds in regards to storage capacity and send alerts when thresholds are surpassed, as well as improved tools for visualising and monitoring a network fabric and the ability to export data for reporting functions.

SANavigator 3.0 will be available in May.

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