Hitachi Data Systems announced it has completed qualification
of QLogic's 8-port and 16-port SANbox™ Fibre Channel switches
for use in the large-scale Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions it develops for customers.
The switches are available now from Hitachi Data Systems, which has provided QLogic's earlier-generation SAN
switches to customers since early 1999.
Storage Area Networks developed by Hitachi Data Systems reflect the company's view that switched networks based
on Fibre Channel technology are the only practical way for large and medium-size enterprises to achieve the scalability
needed to resolve their most vexing storage management problems - such as storage and server consolidation.
Providing an economical pathway for customers to upgrade their SAN configurations from entry-level to enterprise-level,
SANbox is the first product in the marketplace that enables users to break out of the limited scalability of Fibre-Channel
Arbitrated-Loop (FC-AL) configurations to participate in highly scalable full-fabric switched SANs.
"Data storage needs are doubling every nine months, driven by the growth of Internet computing and transaction
processing systems like e-commerce," said Mark Edwards, QLogic's senior vice president of Computer Systems
and Switch Products. "That's why it makes sense to install a SAN that can scale well beyond a handful of devices
and a few terabytes of data."
"With QLogic's SANbox switch technology, Hitachi Data Systems is well positioned to offer high-performance
SAN solutions that can easily expand to manage explosively growing data bases," said Greg Cornfield, vice
president and general manager for Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems.