storage switch


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storage switch

A device that routes data between servers and disk arrays in a storage area network (SAN). It typically refers to a Fibre Channel switch. See SAN and Fibre Channel.
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Over the past decade, Cisco has added a line of storage switches and routers that make it a significant player in the storage business.
But it emphasizes Cisco's commitment to storage, and in terms of technology could be seen as putting it ahead of the SAN incumbents it is trying to dislodge - Brocade Communications Systems Inc and McData Corp - if only because the IBM application may have been simple to port to a storage switch.
The connection layer is the TCP/IP connection between the server and the iSCSI storage target, which, in our case, is the ISCSI intelligent storage switch. The session layer can maintain several connections.
The development of storage networks and the associated decline of direct-attached storage is one example where businesses have invested in grid-like systems, says John Kelley, CEO of storage switch vendor McData.
Vixel is an industry leader in providing a new breed of embedded storage switch products that improve data access and availability to business applications--regardless of scale.
Data storage switch maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc.
Emulex was first to market with a 4 Gb/s embedded storage switch, the InSpeed SOC 422.
The Capellix switch is expected to be available in 4Q'99 and will be priced from US$9,998, which includes a modular chassis and one 8-port storage switch PIM.
The connection layer is the TCP/IP connection between the server and the iSCSI storage target which, in our case, is the iSCSI intelligent storage switch. The session layer can maintain several connections.
McData Corp has given some detail to its promise to develop a smart storage switch in-house, so making it appear a little less likely that it plans to buy itself into the technology and own two parallel technology streams.
Storagetek prefers to embed intelligence in the storage switch itself.
US storage area network vendor Gadzoox Networks Inc, will be unveiling its Capellix storage switch next month, at the Spring NetWorld+Interop show in Las Vegas, to fill a perceived gap in the storage networking market.