Storage supplier EMC has launched the Connectrix DS-4900B, a Fibre Channel storage area network (San) switch.
With an architecture that supports up to 4 gigabits/second, the Connectrix DS-4900B aims to provide users with a cost-effective, scalable, single-domain system for addressing mission-critical storage and consolidation requirements in support of an infrastructure for information lifecycle management (ILM).
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The switch is based on technology from Brocade Communications Systems and includes new capabilities for consolidating and simplifying management of San environments in large and mid-sized organisations.
Key features, such as 64 Fibre Channel ports at 4 gigabits/second in a 2U enclosure and Ports on Demand scalability, are said to result in a combination of high performance and port density with investment protection. Ports on Demand capability provides fast, easy and cost-effective scalability from 32 to 64 ports in 16-port increments.
The Connectrix DS-4900B is available with an optional feature set that includes Brocade Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking that supports data path rates up to 32 gigabits/second in a single trunk and Brocade Extended Fabrics, Fabric Watch and Performance Monitor for increasing network performance. All four options are available in a single Enterprise Bundle. The Connectrix DS-4900B is available immediately from EMC and its Velocity partners.