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QLogic Expands 'Adaptive Convergence' with New Switch, Routers
September 29, 2011 -- Under its so-called Adaptive Convergence initiative, the company aims to make it simpler and less expensive for customers to migrate storage and networking in the data center.
VirtenSys unveils VIO switches
August 27, 2009 -- I/O virtualization switch vendor VirtenSys has announced the general availability of the VirtenSys I/O (VIO) 4000 series, the company's flagship line of PCI Express-based virtualization switches that pool I/O resources in virtual server environments.
Cisco speeds data over WANs with MDS upgrades
July 27, 2009 -- Cisco Systems is about to release a round of software upgrades for its MDS 9000 family of Multilayer Directors that improve data encryption and accelerate traffic over distances for IBM System z mainframe storage environments and open systems SANs.
IBM expands storage networking partnerships, product lines
July 23, 2009 -- IBM is beefing up its Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet networking portfolio through a series of expanded OEM partnerships with Brocade, Cisco, and Juniper Networks.
IBM to resell Brocade's IP networking gear
April 28, 2009 -- Brocade and IBM are expanding their decade-long OEM relationship beyond Fibre Channel SAN switches to include Brocade's full line of enterprise IP networking switches and routers acquired from Foundry Networks.
Cisco expands switch lineup
January 28, 2009 -- Cisco continues to push its unified fabric infrastructure products into the enterprise with a slew of additions to its Nexus switch family and enhancements to its Catalyst products.
Lab Review: 8Gbps SAN bolsters VOE
October 31, 2008 -- <strong>November 3, 2008</strong> -- Most IT managers consider virtual operating environments (VOEs), such as the VMware ESX infrastructure, to be the magic bullet for lowering the cost of IT operations.
Cisco delivers new switch for unified fabrics
February 6, 2008 -- <B>February 6, 2008</B>—Cisco has begun delivering on its promise to provide a new family of switching products with the debut of the Nexus family of data-center-class Ethernet switches
FC switches expected to grow at 25% CAGR
February 9, 2007 -- <B>February 9, 2007</B>—Although end-user adoption of iSCSI-based IP SANs is picking up steam, iSCSI doesn't seem to be negatively impacting growth in the Fibre Channel market.
iSCSI: Dell switches reach 10Gbps
November 30, 2006 -- <B>November 30, 2006</B>—Dell recently released the PowerConnect 6200 series of Gigabit Ethernet switches, which complements the Dell/EMC CX iSCSI/Fibre Channel storage arrays.
Cisco launches entry-level 4Gbps switch
November 20, 2006 -- <B>November 20, 2006</B>—Cisco is taking a crack at the small to medium-sized business (SMB) SAN market with the launch of an entry-level fabric switch
SAN switches: QLogic enters director space
November 3, 2006 -- <B>November 3, 2006</B>—In one of the more interesting announcements at this week's Storage Networking World conference, QLogic introduced a 128-port SAN switch,
Putting a FAIS on intelligent switches
September 12, 2006 -- <B>September 12, 2006</B>—It has been several years since storage networking vendors began their push for putting advanced data services and storage management functions on fabric switches. So-called "intelligent switches" have since emerged with the ability to facilitate storage virtualization, provisioning, and certain levels of data migration and management.
LSI demos SAS-based SAN switch
March 30, 2006 -- <B>March 31, 2006</B>—SAN configurations that use Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) as a fabric interconnect are moving from the drawing board to the data center. For example, LSI Logic plans to unveil the first fabric switch based on SAS at next week's Storage Networking World conference and has hopes that small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will eventually opt for SAS-based SANs over competing technologies such as Fibre Channel and iSCSI.
Brocade adds 4Gbps switches, iSCSI gateway
March 6, 2006 -- <B>March 6, 2006</B>—This morning, Brocade announced an array of new storage networking products that run the gamut of protocols and port counts—from a 64-port 4Gbps SAN switch, to a Fibre Channel over Internet Protocol (FCIP) blade, to an iSCSI gateway.
Fujitsu runs virtualization on Brocade switch
October 1, 2005 -- <B>October 4, 2005</B>—Fujitsu Computer Systems and Brocade today announced that Fujitsu will begin shipping in December its Eternus VS900 storage virtualization solution running on Brocade's SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform (SilkWorm Fabric AP). The SilkWorm Fabric AP is an intelligent SAN switching platform designed to support SAN-based applications for storage environment management and administration.
MaXXan upgrades intelligent switches
June 15, 2004 -- While vendors such as Cisco, Brocade, Maranti, and McData continue to focus on first-generation intelligent switch platforms, four-year-old start-up MaXXan this month began shipments of its second-generation switch platform--the MXV500 Intelligent SAN Switch.
MaXXan enters storage switch market
February 26, 2003 -- MaXXan Systems recently announced an "intelligent switching platform" that promises to move storage intelligence (applications) from hosts and subsystems into the storage network fabric. Production shipments are expected at the end of March.
IBM first to resell Cisco storage switches
January 8, 2003 -- Earlier this week, Cisco announced that it has signed up IBM as the first major OEM of its MDS family of Fibre Channel and multi-protocol switches and directors. The move was not surprising, given the two companies' long-standing relationship in the networking market.