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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

Switch partitions gain steam

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in their February issue. For more articles of this type, please visit What you will learn from this tip: If you're looking to consolidate SANs, without giving up the benefits of keeping your sites physically separate, the new switch partitioning capabilities might be for you. Server administrators have enjoyed divvying up servers into logical partitions for years. Some storage arrays such as IBM's new DS8000 model can also be partitioned. But the day has finally come when Fibre Channel switches -- specifically high-end, director-class switches -- can be partitioned. The latest switch to gain partitioning capabilities is McData's Intrepid 10000 director, otherwise known as the i10K, which was announced last month. Based on technology the company acquired from Sanera, the i10K's 256 non-blocking ports can be assigned to four separate dynamic partitions in four-port increments. The only other switch on the market to support hard partitioning is CNT's ...

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