Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel

Brocade’s move to 16Gbps Fibre Channel has given the company a significant advantage over competitor Cisco. Since its debut in May 2011, the Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel protocol has seen rapid enterprise adoption, while Cisco’s Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) products has remained a niche technology in core infrastructures.


Brocade 16 Gbps Makes Its Mark

Betting on FCoE has placed Cisco up to 18 months behind Brocade in the Fibre Channel market, according to The Register. Without immediate competition from Cisco, Brocade could have the opportunity to monopolize the 16 Gbps Fibre Channel market sector with its successful product line.

Adoption of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel has been faster than normal, according to Brocade’s chief technology officer Dave Stevens. The Register reported in December 2011 that 16 Gbps Fibre Channel accounts for about 18% of Brocade’s total SAN switching revenue.*

Incremental Upgrade Provides Speed, Security Benefits

Doubling the speed and performance capabilities of the 8 Gbps, the Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel can be a beneficial for enterprises looking for an incremental upgrade. The meaningful transition from 8- to 16 Gbps will offer enterprises integrated security features and application acceleration capabilities as well as performance and speed benefits.

Performance-demanding hardware will definitely see the benefits of 16 Gbps Fibre Channel. Applications that make huge I/O demands, solid-state drives, and virtualization can make use of the improved bandwidth speed that Brocade 16 Gbps can provide.

Performance and speed improvement seem to be a big benefit for current Fibre Channel consumers. For example, the Brocade 8510 SAN director supports up to 384 16 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, providing provide total chassis bandwidth of 8.2 terabits per second.*

For those who shudder at implementing another new item, the Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel can be an easier upgrade than expected. Since the technology remains the same, upgrading to 16 Gbps does not require learning new hardware.

Additionally, the switch is backwards compatible to 8 Gbps and 4 Gbps, so customers will not have to replace all their older technology immediately and can gradually convert to the higher bandwidth.

Interested in discovering speed and performance benefits from Brocade 16 Gbps Fibre Channel? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today for expert advice on new and used Brocade storage solutions for your enterprise.