QLogic has unveiled a network platform for common storage and server area networking and a director-level switch, the SANbox 9000.
QLogic has carved out a niche at the low end of the SAN switching market, based on its low prices. The company is continuing with that strategy for the SANbox 9000, which should come in at a lower price point than many competitors, although not all features will be shipping initially.
The QLogic Network Platform allows IT departments to deploy a common infrastructure comprising Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Ethernet and InfiniBand technologies from server edge to switched fabric core.
The SANbox 9000 Series is a core switch that can scale to 128 ports in a single 4u chassis with redundancy for high availability.
Brian Garrett, senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, said: “IT managers want common infrastructure to simplify overall datacentre management and disruptive technologies to solve specific problems.
“The QLogic Network Platform will help IT managers unify their storage and server fabrics, while the SANbox 9000 makes core switch technology accessible to thousands of datacentres with complicated meshes of fixed port switches.”
The Network Platform consists of the company’s family of SANbox switches, routers and storage services platforms as well as SANblade and InfiniPath host adapters for server connectivity to Fibre Channel, iSCSI and InfiniBand networks.
The SANbox 9000 can be set up with up to 128 4GFC ports in a stackable 4U chassis, with 8 slots for 4GFC or 10GFC port cards. It will be possible to link two chassis ‘hyperstack’ 800Gbps link, to create what QLogic calls a 256-port device, but this is one of the features that will not ship immediately.