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HP introduces new switch technology for storage area networks

HP Corp. today announced new 4-gigabit (GB) Fibre Channel switch technology that the company says offers twice th...


September 28, 2005  


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HP Corp. today announced new 4-gigabit (GB) Fibre Channel switch technology that the company says offers twice the performance at comparable costs of current Fibre Channel offerings to help IT administrators eliminate bottlenecks in storage area networks (SANs).

“Network slowdowns in data availability occur as server bandwidth is consumed by applications, especially if there are large amounts of data being shared from server to server,” it said.

“For example, the oil and gas, entertainment and scientific research industries must move streaming video, complex algorithms or other data-intensive files off storage systems onto servers, thus generating massive demand for high-performance SAN environments. “

HP has already shipped an estimated two million switch ports and was first to market with 4 GB embedded switches for blade servers.

As part of its technology roadmap, it plans to incorporate 4 GB technology into HP StorageWorks arrays and tape systems starting in early 2006.