IBM Connects with BROCADE SilkWorm

IBM has selected the BROCADE SilkWorm 2010 entry-level Fibre Channel product line to provide connectivity for IBM Enterprise storage area network (SAN) solutions. In addition to the SilkWorm 2010, IBM also uses the BROCADE SilkWorm 2400 and 2800 Fibre Channel fabric switches to provide a reliable, scalable foundation to connect servers and storage devices through a SAN.

"BROCADE's approach to open SAN connectivity supports our commitment to offer customers a full range of SAN connectivity options and the freedom to mix and match servers and storage solutions of choice," says Duane Dueker, Vice President of Marketing for Storage Area Networks at IBM.

The BROCADE SilkWorm 2010 entry-level Fibre Channel switch is an alternative to traditional managed hubs, providing high-speed interconnection for Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) environments. It outperforms traditional managed hubs by logically connecting all eight ports on the switch into a single loop, while providing full bandwidth per port. The SilkWorm 2010 provides support for simultaneous data transfers to and from all ports, fault isolation and easy migration to full fabric solutions.

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