), had added the 4 Gb/sec Brocade 5000 Switch to the HP B-Series portfolio of networked storage solutions, further extending its position as an industry-leading storage area network (SAN) technology provider, according to a PRNewswire report.
“Brocade shares with HP a commitment to simplifying IT management and delivering the next-generation of networked storage solutions that help customers improve SAN interoperability and lower their total cost of ownership
,” Tom Buiocchi, vice president of worldwide marketing, Brocade, said. “Combining the advanced capabilities of the new Brocade 5000 Switch and HP storage systems provides customers with industry-leading interoperability and investment protection.”
The Brocade 5000 provides enterprise-class capabilities and performance, and suits departmental SANs or core-edge enterprise SANs. The high performance switch, packaged in a compact 1U form factor with Ports on Demand capabilities, allows scalability from 16 to 24 or 32 ports. The Brocade 5000 also facilitates SAN deployment and management by enabling non-disruptive expansion of existing SAN fabrics with existing management tools that improve fabric-wide performance.
The Brocade 5000 switch is highly energy-efficient, consuming as little as one quarter of the power other competitive products do. This makes it the ideal solution for reducing power and cooling requirements, as well as ongoing operational costs.
Part of the HP B-Series line, the Brocade 5000 can be customized by HP and is marketed and sold as the HP StorageWorks 4/32B SAN Switch. The B-Series also includes the Brocade 48000 Director, Brocade 4100 Switch, Brocade 200E Switch, and multiple custom embedded SAN solutions.
“The HP B Series family spans the embedded to enterprise market, and the HP StorageWorks 4/32B SAN Switch is an ideal fit for customers concerned about power and cooling in their data centers,” Kyle Fitze, director of marketing of storage area networks, StorageWorks Division, HP, was quoted as saying in the report.
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