Brocade, the leader in fabric-based data center networking solutions, is continuing to innovate and gain market leadership for its award-winning family of Fibre Channel SAN fabric solutions based on the new 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard. The company today announced a new entry-level Fibre Channel SAN switch, the Brocade® 6505 Switch, to broaden its full suite of next-generation SAN switches and backbones. This new addition further increases customer choice and flexibility for data center consoli-dation, expansion and refresh projects. In addition, Brocade has added new, industry-first virtualization functionality between Brocade adapters and switches to simplify server deployment and management.
Brocade also announced IBM as its first OEM partner to offer 16 Gbps Fibre Channel embedded switches and adapters, as well as stand-alone network adapters, for IBM servers. Specifically, IBM is making available a new Brocade custom embedded 16 Gbps SAN switch and mezzanine card for its recently announced IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node, a key component of the new IBM PureSystems. In addition, Brocade stand-up 16 Gbps HBAs are now available for integration with IBM System x in rack and tower form factors.
Further extending its time-to-market lead over competitors, the company introduced the entry-level Brocade 6505 Switch, which provides exceptional price/performance value and enterprise-class func-tionality. It is configurable in 12 or 24 ports and supports 2, 4, 8 or 16 Gbps speeds in an efficiently de-signed 1U package. The Brocade 6505 joins other members of the Brocade SAN family, which in-cludes the Brocade 6510 Switch, configurable between 24 and 48 ports, and the Brocade DCX® 8510 Backbone, available in 4- and 8-slot configurations.
Brocade is also extending the benefits of its Fibre Channel backbone and switch products to its adapter family, which provides unique benefits to organisations deploying an all-Brocade SAN fabric. New enhancements to Brocade adapters include dynamic fabric provisioning, which virtualizes connections between the Brocade adapters and switches to simplify server deployment and reconfiguration.