Network Appliance adds to Brocade SAN portfolio

Brocade says switch is capable of scaling from 32 to 64 ports in single domain

Brocade says switch is capable of scaling from 32 to 64 ports in single domain

Network Appliance is adding the Brocade SilkWorm 4900 switch to its expanding 4Gbit/sec Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure product portfolio.

Built on 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel SAN technology, the Brocade SilkWorm 4900 fabric switch is capable of scaling from 32 to 64 ports in a single domain. The switch is designed for a range of storage networking applications, including use as an edge switch in core-to-edge SAN designs that require high fan-out ratios and as a standalone switch with mid- to high-end storage arrays.

Brocade says that the SilkWorm 4900 is designed to meet stringent enterprise requirements for reliability and availability, as well as flexibility, by offering 'Ports on Demand' capabilities that enable
customers to upgrade to higher port counts when their applications require it.

"NetApp [increases] our... SAN growth by expanding our portfolio of SAN solutions for the datacentre... the Brocade SilkWorm 4900 switch will be a key ingredient in this effort," claims Patrick Rogers, vice-president of products and alliances at Network Appliance.

"Our long-term partnership with Brocade enhances NetApp's delivery of simplified SAN storage solutions, offering superior TCO to our growing enterprise customer base."

In a compact 2U package, the SilkWorm 4900 is designed to meet enterprise requirements with features such as redundant, hot-swappable power and cooling components, and hot code activation for expansion. Additional features include enhanced Brocade Inter-Switch Link (ISL) trunking to support data path rates up to 32Gbit/sec in a single trunk and Dynamic Path Selection for ISL load balancing.

"Brocade and NetApp are aligned in our commitment to help IT management succeed in the next generation of networked storage by providing customers with improved SAN reliability, performance and scalability," comments Tom Buiocchi, vice-president of worldwide marketing at Brocade.

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