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QLogic 9000 Series Fibre Channel Switches

QLogic 9000 Chassis-Based SAN Switches

The QLogic 9000 chassis-based Storage Area Network (SAN) switches are ideal for open system environments requiring business critical applications due to their ability to offer modular blade technology at the low cost typically found with edge switching. The high affordability of QLogic 9000 series switches is matched by their high performance, and is even more impressive when combined with additional advantageous features such as high security and rapid deployment. Another advantage that QLogic 9000 SAN switches bring to the table is their high flexibility. A few examples of this feature would be their I/O blade architecture, which allows for various Fibre Channel (FC) blades to be mixed and matched, as well as the option of choosing between 16-port 8 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 4 Gbps blades, or 4-port 10 Gbps blades for the added benefit of Inter-Switch Links (ISLs) to other switches. Additionally, the I/O blades aren’t only flexible in their mix-and-match capacity, but also since they are customer replaceable, as well as hot-swappable for minimized disruptions and downtime.

Looking to plan for your business’s future as well as its needs for today? With the QLogic 9000 series, you’ll be prepared to handle both with its exceptional scalability and expansion capabilities. For instance, while the switches begin at 16-port configurations, they can easily scale up to 128 ports within just one 4U chassis. Additionally, each SANbox 9000 chassis is able to support up to 8 FC blades, and two of these chassis can be configured into a single 8U HyperStack with 256 ports – which allows for a total backplane capacity of 1.6 Terabits per second (Tbps) . And when it comes to capacity, the QLogic 9000 series doesn’t hold any punches, providing up to 2.17 Tbps of system bandwidth with 4Gbps blades and up to 4.35 Tbps of system bandwidth with 8 Gbps blades. Lastly, another unique advantage of the QLogic 9000 series is that they offer Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) intelligent storage router module capabilities, allowing for iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Internet Protocol (FCIP) connectivity – endowing you with the ability to replicate data across your entire Wide Area Network (WAN).

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