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Vol. 1 No. 12 February 2003

Can Brocade's SilkWorm 12000 take the pain out of expanding your SAN?

When you expand your storage area network (SAN), you'll discover just how well your architecture accommodates growth while preserving performance, availability and manageability. There are at least three critical growth-related abilities your switching architecture should provide: The ability to add ports in a hurry without sacrificing performance and without requiring a fundamental redesign; The ability to scale with little or no downtime; and The ability to abstract and control performance and security parameters. With those requirements in mind, I took a close look at Brocade's SilkWorm 12000, the core switch for users who have settled on the Brocade core/edge architecture or are considering it. Does it meet those tests? Availability through redundancy The SilkWorm 12000 chassis contains two logical 64-port switches, each accommodating up to four 16-port blades. Both switches are supported by a pair of clustered control processors (CPs) running a Linux kernel with Brocade's Fabric OS running as a layered application on each. ...

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