There are many advantages to using a director switch (a.k.a. Fibre Channel director), including number of ports and high availability. But this is only part of the big picture. Get deep into the nitty-gritty of director switches from storage industries experts and learn the reasons why you should or shouldn't consider implementing one.
Storage 101: Using a director switch, by Rick Cook (Feb 2006)
Searchstorage.com contributor Rick Cook lays out the features of a director switch and why it could be advantageous to your particular SAN system.
Not just a big switch, by Jerome Wendt (Feb 2006)
Fibre Channel directors offer ways to connect disparate SANs, isolate data and devices within a fabric, and deliver different levels of throughput on the fly. Here's how the big three directors match up.
Directors take on more tasks, by Phil Goodwin (Jun 2005)
The competition among director-class products has never been more intense. If you're considering directors for the first time, or re-examining your fabric strategy, here's what you need to know.
This was first published in February 2006