Brocade expands Fibre Channel switches
On the heels of its OEM agreement with IBM, Brocade Communications announced the SilkWorm 2000 family of Fibre Channel switches, including models 2100, 2400 and 2800. The eight-port SilkWorm 2100 is an entry-level "loop switch" that combines characteristics of hubs and switches, providing a potential replacement for standard hubs in loop-to-fabric migration scenarios. The switch is software-upgradable from a FC-AL configuration to a fabric-based storage area network (SAN).
The 2400 and 2800--which IBM will OEM--are 8- and 16-port full fabric switches that provide the following enhancements over existing SilkWorm switches:
Universal ports, which automatically sense whether the switch is connected to a host server, another switch or a loop.
Hot-swappable redundant power supplies and cooling fans. Hardware-enforced zoning.
Brocade also enhanced its Fabric 2.0 software with:
QuickLoop 2.0, which allows SilkWorm 2400 and 2800 switches to co-exist in loop environments.
A Web-based interface for configuration and management of switches.
Brocade has not released specific pricing information, but officials say the new switches will cost 25% to 30% less than the company`s existing switches.