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INRANGE Fibre Channel director has 256 ports

Posted: 14 Mar 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:inrange technologies? inrange? cebit 2002? san? storage area network?

Claimed to be the industry's first 256-port Fibre Channel director, the IN-VSN FC/9000 provides users with a full-redundant, non-blocked switching core to manage and expand SANs.

"Fibre Channel is well accepted in today's large IT shops for building SANs and for centralizing storage and storage management. Now, users are examining ways to interconnect existing SANs and build larger infrastructures," stated Arun Taneja, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group.

"It is impractical to build these infrastructures with the existing low port count directors. The fact that INRANGE can provide users with a 64-port director that can seamlessly scale to 256-ports today will go a long way in paving the way to gigantic SANs resulting in simplified management and cost benefits," she added.

Unveiled at the CeBIT 2002 in Hannover, the 122-by-168.92-by-73.03cm device supports fabric, loop, and InterSwitch/E-port port types. Each port is self-configured and can reach speeds of up to 1.0625Gbps. The director is operates from a supply of 200Vac to 240Vac and draws 15A at a temperature range of 10C to 40C.

The FC/9000 can also be expanded easily from open systems and FICON to the largest of enterprise levels. By providing a single platform with all of the ports dedicated as local user ports, the FC/9000 eliminates management concerns like interswitch links, capacity planning and load balancing while reducing overall costs.

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