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Brocade unveils new Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch

Brocade has announced the Brocade G620, which is a Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch for storage networking.

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According to the company, the new product advances their leadership in Fibre Channel technology, as the new purpose-built and high-density SAN switch delivers breakthrough performance and scalability designed to support data growth and demanding workloads from mission-critical applications.

Fibre Channel fabrics are the common thread that connects organisations to their most critical applications and data. Today, Fibre Channel drives the world’s economies with the most trusted and widely deployed network infrastructure for storage. Thirty billion transactions go through Fibre Channel each day and 96 percent of the world’s banks, airlines and retailers rely on Fibre Channel. Gen 6 is the next generation Fibre Channel technology that will enable organisations to address performance, reliability and scalability requirements for hyper scale virtualisation, new data centre architectures and next-generation storage technologies.

“Fibre Channel has been an integral part of every wave of storage innovation in the data centre,” said Jack Rondoni, Vice President, Storage Networking, Brocade. “Brocade continues to drive Fibre Channel innovation to help customers deliver more value from their applications and infrastructure. Together with our partner ecosystem, we are now delivering Gen 6 Fibre Channel products that will redefine availability, performance and scalability for enterprise storage.”

Gen 6 Fibre Channel is especially significant for new technology such as flash-based storage, which is accelerating the transformation of the data centre. As organisations redesign their data centers with flash storage to optimise application performance, they require networks that deliver low-latency, high capacity bandwidth and reliability.

The Brocade G620 switch, according to the company, delivers increased performance across 32 and 128 Gbps links and shatters application performance barriers with up to 100 million IOPS. The Brocade G620 includes four Q-Flex ports the can support 128 Gbps or be split out into four 32 Gbps links. Delivering the industry’s highest port density in a one rack unit (1RU) chassis, the switch offers 24 to 64 ports for “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility and scalability.

The Brocade G620 with Gen 6 Fabric Vision technology now includes IO Insight to help organisations achieve greater visibility into performance monitoring. This new capability helps ensure critical SLAs can be met by monitoring IO statistics, including device latency and IOPS metrics, to provide intelligence for early detection of storage performance degradations. IO Insight extends and complements automated monitoring, diagnostic and management capabilities enabled by Brocade Fabric Vision technology to further simplify storage networking environments.

The Brocade G620 Switch with Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology is available now through Brocade and its channel partners and will be available through Brocade’s OEM partners in the second quarter of 2016.

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