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Brocade introduces midrange switch

Brocade Communications Systems this week unveiled its 32-port switch at the Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Orlando, Florida.

SilkWorm 3900 is the fourth switch the company has introduced with 2Gbps throughput and is aimed at customers who need more than eight ports but significantly fewer than 128 ports.

"The 3900 fits between our entry-level eight-port switch [the SilkWorm 3200] and our 128-port switch [the SilkWorm 12000]," said Steve Beer, director of product marketing for Brocade.

Brocade's SilkWorm 3900 can only be purchased with all 32 ports activated.

Greg Reyes, president and chief executive officer of Brocade, later addressed conference attendees on IT spending and innovation. Reyes said that future storage innovations would be centred on simplifying what is complex.

Reyes added that the innovation of storage networking would continue to grow beyond storage and server consolidation and on to become an application platform.

Reyes hammered home the point that ROI alone is no longer a good enough metric. He said the key today was helping people understand the benefits of moving to a network storage environment that provides productivity gains, increased application performance and can automate business processes.

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