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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Making Sense of New Intelligent Switch Products

You won't find them at CompUSA, but some long-vaunted intelligent fabric switches have finally made it into production. In the past couple of months, Cisco has shipped its Advanced Services Module for MDS 9000 switches, running Veritas Storage Foundation for Networks, (VSFN); Maranti Networks shipped its CoreStor family of network storage service controllers; and Maxxan shipped its MXV320 last summer. Brocade is expected to join the club shortly, as it has begun shipping its SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform to OEM and software developer partners. How do the various intelligent switch products compare? It's hard to say. "The market hasn't had enough time to segment out and mature," says Mike Fisch, director of storage and networking for The Clipper Group, an analyst firm in Wellesley, MA. Of the above-mentioned products, Maranti seems to have built more functionality into its CoreStor line "out of the shoot" than products from Brocade or Cisco, Fisch says, which rely on third-party software. "It's more of an integrated ...

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