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Brocade Communications Systems is set to offer two Fibre Channel switches that fit into IBM BladeCenter server enclosures, giving Big Blue's blades another way to access storage area networks.
Dell Computer announced an expansion card Monday that improves some of its PowerVault 750N and 755N storage systems, giving those that attach to servers by ordinary Ethernet networks the ability to connect with high-speed Fibre Channel networks. The latter technology makes a storage system appear to a server to be connected just like an internal hard drive. The new product--the result of Dell's partnership with storage giant EMC--is designed to smooth over differences between Ethernet-based network-attached storage (NAS) and Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs). The card costs just under $2,500, said Matthew Brisse, product manager for the Dell-EMC product lines. --Stephen Shankland
Hewlett-Packard has released two new products for making storage devices available over networks. The eight-port Surestore Entry Switch FC switch--an HP-branded version of Brocade Communications' new Silkworm 3200 switch--lets customers build storage networks using the Fibre Channel networking technology. It has a starting cost of $5,599, HP said Tuesday. A higher-end version, with more sophisticated connections to other switches, costs $16,780 and up. In addition, HP began selling the Surestore NAS 8000, a device that bridges between regular Ethernet networks and Fibre Channel storage area networks. The system, with a starting price of $36,500, effectively lets HP's VA and XP line of storage devices share files like a regular file server attached to an Ethernet network. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News
The Sun Fire 280R server is powered by up to two high-performance UltraSPARC -III processors and features redundant hot-swap power supplies with independent power cords, hot-plug power subsystems, and front-accessible drives. Its fibre-channel hard disk drive backplane offers software-mirrored hot-plug boot drives.
Compaq threw down the gauntlet to server rivals Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard today when it completed a year of server launches with a Pentium II-based ProLiant range, a ProLiant cluster strategy and the promise of fibre channel storage products early next year.Compaq also showed its server rivals a clean pair of heels, racing ahead in the server market to a 43.
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