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Brocade has extended its backbone data centre switching range and introduced a virtual SAN facility as its HBAs get more widely adopted. The first DCX backbone switch was introduced a year ago and offered 384 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports and a migration path to FCoE, Fibre Channel over Ethernet. Since then Cisco has emphasised …

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No "commodity" HBAs?

Given how the storage world has spent so much effort on trying to promote back-end heterogeny in the last few years, wouldn't sharing the good stuff with the likes of Q-logic and Emulex be a better option then trying to convince customers to go "Brocade only"? Especially if the real enemy is Cisco. I can imagine a lot of people saying "yes it's very nice but we use HP servers" etc.

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