Storage networking connectivity provider Emulex Corporation has launched a new line of multi-protocol storage router products, the Emulex Storage Router Models 725 and 735.
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The routers leverage both the iSCSI and Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) protocols in order to enable greater connectivity options for Fibre Channel Sans. Model 725 enables Ethernet-based servers to connect into Fibre Channel-based storage and existing San infrastructure, providing what the company believes will be an economical way for entry-level servers to leverage shared storage and move from direct attached storage to a more cost effective environment.
Model 735 enables connectivity between remote Sans using the IP network and is designed to provide the connectivity needed between multiple sites, enabling, say Emulex, more effective centralisation of management and business continuity and disaster recovery best-practices.
It also enables long-range connectivity using the FCIP protocol to bridge Sans over metro and Wan distances to support critical applications such as remote mirroring, data replication and back-up. Model 735 offers features such as high performance and hardware-based compression, which are claimed to increase the utilisation of expensive Wan bandwidth.
Evaluation units of both models are available now and are shipping to storage OEMs. General availability is expected this summer.