Director-class switch

Director-class switch

A fault-tolerant Fibre Channel switch that typically has a high port count and may serve as a central switch to other fabrics. See Fibre Channel.
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Today, most enterprises use a single director-class switch for their core networking rather than multiple lower performance devices.
This architecture is achieved by purchasing a high-availability, high-performance director-class switch as the core switch, and connecting existing switches to the director.
The MaXXan MXV320 based on the SANe architecture dramatically simplifies storage networks by integrating a highly scalable director-class switch with mission-critical storage applications.
The implementation of a director-class switch was also preferred t o an initial more simple switch-based solution as the bank's break-even point settled to just over 24 months, and this is without accounting for operational and management overhead.
The MaXXan MXV320 simplifies storage networks by integrating a highly scalable director-class switch with mission-critical storage applications such as disaster recovery, virtualization and NAS.
The MaXXan MXV320 dramatically simplifies storage networks by integrating a highly scalable director-class switch with mission-critical storage applications.
But the average price of a director-class switch like Brocade's is only about $5,000 per port.
A sort of "uber-switch", the director-class switch enables the enterprise SAN.
"With the introduction of INRANGE's family of 2 Gbps Director-class switches, INRANGE provides customers with the industry's most-cost effective solutions to automate, expand and grow their existing storage infrastructures," said Sherrie L.
As one of InfiniSwitch's partners of choice, VIEO's commercial-grade fabric enabling products, including VIEO Fabric Manager and VIEO FabricView, can be integrated into InfiniSwitch's next-generation, high performance Leaf and Director-class switches.
Even conventional director-class switches, with Virtual Outbound Queue (VOQ)-based architectures, manage all traffic bound for the same out-bound port from the same queue.
IBM is the first company to offer all of the key components, such as servers, software, storage, services and director-class switches, for highly available enterprise Fibre Channel SANs.

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