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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Verify switch vendor claims Rule No. 1: Test, test and test some more. Unless it's a one-vendor system, every storage environment is different. Vendors can certify their products with major storage products, but they can't possibly check every possible configuration with a storage area network (SAN). In other words, you're responsible for determining if a vendor's Fibre Channel (FC) switch works as advertised. McData Corp., Broomfield, CO, continues to advertise that its directors support five-nines of availability. Yet some field engineers report that the McData directors they support lock up under certain conditions. Brocade Communications Systems, in San Jose, CA, hasn't escaped user dissatisfaction either. Some users complain about the number of inter-switch links (ISLs) required to tie together multiple Brocade departmental switches, the time required to perform firmware upgrades on multiple switches and they also express concern about what they perceive as Brocade's initial failings in the high end of the market. Nancy Marrone-Hurley, a senior analyst ... Access >>>

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