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Virtual SAN product specifications

Storage administrators must frequently overcome serious issues with scaling, managing, and troubleshooting large or multiple SANs. Using VSAN technology, a large physical SAN can be partitioned into multiple smaller logical SANs, which can be managed and operated independently. Conversely, VSAN technology can also be used to combine multiple physical SANs into a single ubiquitous SAN to improve utilization. Virtualization in the SAN fabric can improve manageability, maintain security, improve utilization, simplify troubleshooting and ease disruptions during upgrades or changes. The product snapshots in this chapter highlight key specifications for a cross-section of popular VSAN platforms -- typically in the form of intelligent switches. The following products were selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage.com editors, and specifications are current as of November 2006.

The following specifications have been provided by vendors and are periodically updated. Vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to sbigelow@techtarget.com.

Go to the first product snapshot, or select the desired product below:

  • Brocade Communications Systems Inc.; Silkworm MPR AP7420
  • Cisco Systems Inc.; MDS 9509 Multilayer Director
  • Cisco Systems Inc.; MDS 9513 Multilayer Director
  • McData Corp.; Intrepid i10K Xtreme Director

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    Product: Brocade; Silkworm Multiprotocol Router AP7420

    Product specifications are pending, and should be available shortly.

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    Product: Cisco Systems; MDS 9509 Multilayer Director

    Product specifications are pending, and should be available shortly.

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    Product: Cisco Systems; MDS 9513 Multilayer Director

    Product specifications are pending, and should be available shortly.

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    Product Snapshot #4
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    Product: McData Corp.; Intrepid i10K Xtreme Director

    Product specifications are pending, and should be available shortly.

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