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Brocade 7800 Extension Switch

The Brocade 7800 Extension Switch combines best-in-class Fibre Channel, FICON, and FCIP performance, "pay-as-you-grow" scalability, and flexible deployment options for remote replication, backup, and migration. Up to sixteen 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and six 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports provide scalable bandwidth, port density, and throughput, extending and optimizing Storage Area Network (SAN) fabric connectivity over distance to support business continuity and disaster recovery applications.

Industry-Leading SAN Extension for Remote Data Replication and Backup
IT organizations continue to face unprecedented data growth as more platforms, applications, and users connect to the data center network. In turn, the storage network infrastructure must continue evolving to enable fast, continuous, and cost-effective access to mission-critical data from anywhere in the world.

To address these challenges, the Brocade 7800 Extension Switch provides a fast, highly reliable, and cost-effective network infrastructure for remote data replication, backup, and migration. Leveraging advanced Fibre Channel and FCIP technology, the Brocade 7800 provides a flexible and extensible platform to move more data faster and farther than ever before.

Whether configured for simple point-to-point or comprehensive multisite SAN extension, the Brocade 7800 addresses the most demanding business continuity, compliance, and global data access requirements. Up to sixteen 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and six 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports provide unmatched Fibre Channel and FCIP bandwidth, port density, and throughput required for maximum application performance over WAN links.

Highlights include:

  • Leverages advanced Fibre Channel and FCIP technology to enable fast, reliable, and cost-effective remote data replication, backup, and migration
  • Maximizes flexibility with an extensible hardware platform and flexible software licensing to support a broad range of SAN extension requirements
  • Offers a purpose-built FCIP SAN extension solution with up to sixteen 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and six 1 GbE ports in a 1U space
  • Maximizes replication, backup, and migration throughput over distance using advanced Fibre Channel frame compression, disk and tape protocol acceleration, and QoS-aware FCIP networking technology
  • Offers FCIP Trunking and Adaptive Rate Limiting to maximize WAN link utilization and resiliency
  • Enables consolidation while providing traffic isolation in mixed environments with Brocade Virtual Fabrics
  • Simplifies management through Brocade Fabric Vision technology, reducing operational costs, maximizing uptime, and optimizing application performance

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Brocade and EMC successfully develop and deploy data migration and disaster avoidance strategies for a large-scale data center that maintains continuous system availability during migration.

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Adaptive Rate Limiting on the Brocade® 7800 Extension Switch and Brocade FX8-24 Extension Blade for the Brocade DCX® 8510 and DCX Backbones enables efficient and cost-effective sharing of WAN bandwidth for FCIP storage and non-storage applications. This paper details the operation and advantages of Brocade Adaptive Rate Limiting in shared WAN bandwidth environments.

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FCIP Trunking is one of the advanced features of the Brocade extension platforms, enabling bandwidth aggregation and lossless failover for increased resiliency over IP WANs. This paper details the operation and advantages of this technology in extended storage applications.