SAN switches add ports on demand

The 24-port Sphereon 4500 from McData Inc. of Broomfield, Colo., is the first Fibre Channel switch to provide connectivity on demand, senior product manager Mike Tomky said. Users can add more ports on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Sphereon 4500's Flexport technology scales from eight to 24 2-Gbps ports and is compatible with both switched and Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop interfaces, Tomky said.

The switch's HotCAT code-activation technology lets users download new features into firmware and activate them without taking the switch offline.

Pilot effort

McData also upgraded its embedded Web server and renamed it SANPilot. It comes free with the Sphereon 4500 switch and can manage a storage area network with up to 100 ports.

The company's new 140-port Intrepid 6140 SAN director handles both Fibre Channel and Ficon interfaces simultaneously, Tomky said.

The 24-port Sphereon 4500 rackmount switch lists for about $22,000. The 140-port Intrepid SAN director is $280,000.

Contact McData at 303-460-9200.

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