November 16, 2010 – Brocade this week introduced 10GbE VDX 6720 fabric switches, which support the company’s Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS) technology, as well as the Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols.
The data center switches scale from 16 to 60 ports (with prices starting at $10,700) and support the Data Center Bridging (DCB) standard.
The TRILL protocol eliminates the need for the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), collapsing the access and aggregation networking layers to create a flat, multipath, deterministic network, according to an article on the announcement posted on Enterprise Storage Forum. A flat network makes it easier to move virtual machines (VMs) around the data center and streamlines the management of large-scale networks.
Brocade officials also noted that the VDX 6720 switches extend converged networking beyond top-of-rack implementations.
“The availability of an end-to-end FCoE solution will increase adoption for customers who have wanted to take advantage of the cost efficiencies that it can bring in terms of cabling and power consumption. They can now architect a converged fabric end-to-end,” said Bill Dunmire, Brocade’s director of integrated marketing.
For details, read Kevin Komiega’s article on Enterprise Storage Forum: “Brocade Moves FCoE Beyond Top-of-Rack”