2011 Products of the Year

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. 1860 Fabric Adapter

Brocade's 1860 Fabric Adapter has earned the gold cup in the networking equipment category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2011 Products of the Year competition. To get information on all the winners, please read our guide to the best data storage products of 2011

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The Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter got the Gold because of its ability to support full duplex, line-rate native 16 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) or 10 Gbps Ethernet, TCP/IP, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or iSCSI on a user configurable, port-by-port basis.

The 1860’s single- or dual-port architecture combines an FC host bus adapter (HBA), a converged network adapter (CNA) and a network interface card (NIC) in a single product. The adapter installs into a PCI Express (PCIe) slot. It supports 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps and 16 Gbps Fibre Channel, and has a dual-port design to allow data center Ethernet traffic and storage networking traffic selection per port.

Administrators can not only configure individual ports but, using Brocade’s virtual fabric link technology, can partition individual physical adapters into as many as 16 virtual HBAs or virtual NICs with flexible bandwidth allocation for quality of service (QoS) service-level agreement compliance.

The 1860 creates virtual adapters in hardware by using multiple physical functions at the PCIe bus level, so the adapters appear as separate physical devices at the operating system level. Bandwidth can be allocated to virtual adapters in 100 Mbps increments.

The 1860 supports more than 500,000 IOPS per port, and more than 1 million IOPS per adapter card.

MSRP for a single-port Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter is $1,038 or $1,457 for a dual-port model (both prices are for bulk packs of 20 pieces).

Find out the other winners in the Networking Equipment category.


This was first published in February 2012

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