The Brocade Silkworm 3800, a 16-port, auto-sensing 2 Gb/sec Fabric
Switch, delivering the next generation of performance and functionality
for SAN environments, is available for connectivity to the Sun
StorEdgeTM 9900 Series. Based on Brocade's third generation ASIC
technology, the SilkWorm 3800 incorporates Advanced Fabric Services
that enhance integration and management of networked storage. This
design results in a faster ROI, higher performance fabric, lower
administration cost and the preservation of existing SAN investment.
The SilkWorm 3800 differs from the 2400/2800 with its 2 Gb/sec full
duplex vs. 1 Gb/sec full duplex in the older switches. The switch
size is smaller (1U vs. 2U), the 3800 has the Brocade third generation
ASIC with FabOS 3.0 that provide several new features:
- Trunking: link aggregation technology
- Auto-sensing ports to negotiate between 1 Gbps and 2 Gbps products
- Hardware enforced zoning: new zoning features
- Advanced fabric watch: simplifying user administration
The SilkWorm 3800 has 1U standard rack mount and third-generation ASIC
that enhances security. Through this technology, Brocade provides
hardware enforced World Wide Name zoning.
WEB TOOLs, an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, enables
organizations to monitor and manage single Brocade SilkWorm Fibre
Channel fabric switches and small Brocade SAN fabrics. Tasks can be
performed by using a JavaTM technology-capable Web browser from
standard laptops, desktop PCs or workstations from any location within
the enterprise. For mission critical configurations, redundant switches
are strongly recommended.
License keys are required for the following options:
- Advanced Performance Monitoring
- Advanced Zoning
- Extended Fabrics
- Fabric Watch
- ISL Trunking
The Brocade Silkworm 3800 provides seamless integration with existing Brocade
Fabrics and offers 99.999 percent availability with Brocade Intelligent Fabric
Hardware enforced zoning based on the World Wide Name (WWN):
- Ensures data access is protected by hardware enforced zoning for secure
sharing of storage devices between operating systems
- Fabric-connected devices are arranged into logical groups over the
physical configuration of the fabric
- Hardware zoning can be configured by WWN, port ID
or Arbitrated Loop-Physical Address (AL-PA)
- When cables or devices are moved, the zoning rules automatically
- Fabric-wide zoning eliminates the need for manual reconfiguration
when just one switch is changed
- WWN zoning provides the flexibility of soft zones plus the
additional security of hardware enforced zoning
The operating environment is the SolarisTM Operating Environment
(Solaris OE). The recommended service level is SunSpectrum GoldSM.
Installation is not included in the purchase price.
The SilkWorm 3000 family will be compatible with older-generation
Brocade switches (F, FL and E_port). These different switches can
co-exist in the same fabric. The AC units and fans on the SilkWorm 3800
are fully redundant and have no single point of failure.
On a per-port basis, the SilkWorm 3800 is less expensive than
comparable director products while providing similar levels of
availability, similar performance and advanced manageability
Read More ...