QLogic Unveils 2 Gigabit SAN
- By Scott Bekker
unveiled a 2 Gigabit SAN infrastructure, consisting of scalable products
ranging from single-chip PCI-Fibre Channel controllers and host adapter boards
for server and storage end nodes, to edge switches for work groups, and high
port count director class switches for enterprise-class data centers.
The SANbox2 family includes 16 and 32 port edge switches for
fabric connections to servers, storage devices, directors, and other switches
on the SAN. SANbox2 products have network storage capability at distances in
excess of 100 km, offer extended multi-stage fabric capabilities, and are
scalable to over seven million nodes.
The family includes dual power supplies for built-in high
availability and In-Band and Out-of-Band management utilities. The core
technology in the edge switches will be available to the marketplace as embedded
chip and board level products.
SANbox2 directors complement the currently available 1
Gigabit QLogic SANbox 64 port Director. SANbox2 directors offer up to 256
ports, managed as a single image with zero degradation in performance in the
event of a failure.
In addition to the SANbox2 products, QLogic is also offering
ISP Fibre Channel chip architecture, host bus adapters, and tape drives and
hard drives for a complete SAN architecture. – Isaac Slepner
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.