2011 Products of the Year

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. 6510 SAN Switch

The Brocade 6510 SAN Switch grabs the silver ring in the networking equipment category in Storage magazine's/SearchStorage.com's 2011 Products of the Year competition. Access our guide to the best data storage products of 2011

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The Brocade 6510 SAN Switch stands out because of its industry-first 16 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) support, its flexible port configuration and its full-duplex 768 Gbps aggregate port throughput. This midmarket enterprise switch garnered comments from our judges about Brocade’s 16 Gbps FC leadership and high scores for the switch’s performance.

The 6510’s list of features is impressive. It includes in-flight compression and encryption, dedicated diagnostic ports for quick identification and isolation of optics and cable problems, and exchange-based Dynamic Path Selection (DPS) for optimized fabric-wide performance and load balancing. For extended private or hybrid cloud environments, it includes optional 10 Gbps FC over Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and dark fiber for secure metro-area extensions.

This 1U switch is less than 18 inches deep, and designed for flexibility and investment protection. It auto senses 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps and 16 Gbps FC port speeds, or you can program fixed port speeds. It’s configurable in 24, 36 or 48 ports for a pay-as-you-grow strategy. The switch’s energy footprint is small: 0.14 watts per Gbps and 2.3 watts per port.

List prices for the Brocade 6510 SAN Switch start at $20,950.

Find out the other winners in the Networking Equipment category.

This was first published in February 2012

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