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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

First Look: Brocade's SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router

Brocade's multiprotocol router offers broad support and easy configuration @exb At a Glance: Brocade's SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router What it is: Multiprotocol router. What it does: Allows communication among SANs. Upside: Software-assignable ports can communicate by three different protocols; router ports can isolate functions via LSANs. Downside: Relatively expensive on a per-port basis. Cost: Brocade sells through OEMs, who determine pricing. Available: Now. @exe Enterprise IT organizations often operate several storage area networks (SANs) to support business units and other company entities. But SAN islands are a problem when you need to get data from SAN A to a server or application attached to SAN B. This need may arise for a variety of reasons, such as for backup, a newly installed application or because of organizational changes. Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s new SilkWorm Multiprotocol Router connects SAN islands from different manufacturers, with different protocols, over Fibre Channel (FC) or IP links. The ...

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