Thanks to its low latency at high data rates, Fibre Channel continues to play a major role in the construction of dedicated storage networks (SANs). At the heart of the FC infrastructure are switches that can connect thousands of nodes (servers, storage systems) in fabrics.
Brocade (today Broadcom) has released switches that support today's standard of 32 Gbit FC, and with high internal bandwidth also offer full performance in large storage networks.
These switches are backward compatible to 4, 8 and 16 Gbit FC technology and can thus be integrated into existing infrastructure. So they offer protection of investment in todays SANs with 4, 8 and 16 Gbit devices that at a later time will be upgraded to 32 Gbit devices. They therefore offer optimum investment protection.
Switches with 8 and 16 Gbit Interface are also offered.