HP Launches 4GB Switch Technology
HP has announced new 4-gigabit (4Gb) Fibre Channel switch technology that offers twice the performance at comparable costs of current Fibre Channel offerings to help IT administrators eliminate bottlenecks in storage area networks (SANs).
Network slowdowns in data availability occur as server bandwidth is consumed by applications, especially if there are large amounts of data being shared from server to server. For example, the oil and gas, entertainment and scientific research industries must move streaming video, complex algorithms or other data-intensive files off storage systems onto servers, thus generating massive demand for high-performance SAN environments.
The new offerings include HP StorageWorks 4/8 SAN and 4/16 SAN Switches, StorageWorks 4/256 SAN Director; StorageWorks Fabric Manager; StorageWorks 4/16 SAN Switch Power Pack and 4/256 SAN Director Power Packs, StorageWorks FC2142SR and FC2242SR Host Bus Adapters.
According to the company, backward compatible with existing 2Gb and 1Gb switches, the 4Gb technology helps increase application performance and shorten backup windows by doubling network bandwidth. Customers also can realize immediate benefits as a result of purchasing fewer ports and consuming less power.
The new HP StorageWorks 4/8 SAN Switch for entry-level and departmental SANs gives customers the ability to grow to a core-to-edge infrastructure and offers features that reduce operating costs by automating many installation and management tasks. The HP StorageWorks 4/16 SAN Switch offers high-performance connectivity and faster transfer for application performance improvement such as backups.
Meanwhile, HP StorageWorks 4/256 SAN Director delivers high-density connectivity. With 256 ports of connectivity within a single domain, the 4/256 SAN Director provides double the number of ports than previous switches, offering flexible scalability for large core-to-edge SAN architectures.
Among its other offering is the HP StorageWorks Fabric Manager is a scalable, Java based application that manages multiple switches and fabrics in real time.
HP also announced the industry’s first 4Gb host bus adapters. The HP StorageWorks FC2142SR and the FC2242SR HBAs offer support for customers currently using HP ProLiant servers in Windows or Linux environments that have PCI-Express I/O slots.
HP has already shipped more than 2 million switch ports and was first to market with 4Gb embedded switches for blade servers. As part of its technology roadmap, HP plans to incorporate 4Gb technology into HP StorageWorks arrays and tape systems starting in early 2006.
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