Brocade has released a new high-end director switch targeting major users of storage area networks (Sans).
The SilkWorm 24000 director provides 128 full duplex ports with 2Gbps transfer, double the number of the previous top-end 12000, and has fully redundant power, fans and processors.
As the switch also uses blade architecture, IP blades for FCIP and iSCSI can be added as well as fibre channel and FICON protocol support.
"Customer Sans are just getting bigger all the time," Andy Jacques, Brocade's regional sales director for Northern Europe, told vnunet.com.
Brocade's Investment Protection Initiative for San directors, also launched today, provides multi-year planning of upgrade strategies that avoid 'rip and replace' equipment changes.
Enterprise investment in directors is not a small consideration; Jacques said the 24000 was priced in "the mid-five figures up to six figures".
Throughput port cards of 4Gbps and 10Gbps are planned but, Jacques said, there has been no demand as yet because enterprises have still to reach the limits of 2Gbps.
Brocade claims that the 24000 achieves the lowest power and most efficient heat dissipation of any director switch.
Brocade's major storage original equipment manufacturer partners - EMC, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Sun and StorageTek - will approve the SilkWorm 24000 within a few weeks, said Jacques.
A few larger resellers, such as Morse and Computacenter in the UK, will also supply the product.
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