Brocade’s new take on Fibre Channel technology unveiled

Brocade Communications Systems

Brocade announced the Brocade G620, the industry’s first Gen 6 Fibre Channel switch for storage networking.

The company states that G620 switch delivers increased performance across 32 and 128 Gbps links and shatters application performance barriers with up to 100 million IOPS.

The Brocade G620 includes four Q-Flex ports that can support 128 Gbps or be split out into four 32 Gbps links.

Delivering the industry’s highest port density in a one rack unit (1RU) chassis, the switch offers 24 to 64 ports for “pay-as-you-grow” flexibility and scalability.

Fibre Channel fabrics are the common thread that connects organizations to their most critical applications and data.  Brocade said 30 billion transactions go through Fibre Channel each day and 96 percent of the world’s banks, airlines and retailers rely on Fibre Channel.

Gen 6 is the next generation Fibre Channel technology that will enable organizations to address performance, reliability and scalability requirements for hyper scale virtualization, new data center architectures and next-generation storage technologies.

“Brocade continues to drive Fibre Channel innovation to help customers deliver more value from their applications and infrastructure,” said Jack Rondoni, vice president of storage networking at Brocade.

“Together with our partner ecosystem, we are now delivering Gen 6 Fibre Channel products that will redefine availability, performance and scalability for enterprise storage.”

Brocade noted that Gen 6 Fibre Channel is especially significant for new technology such as flash-based storage. Today, 70 to 80 percent of flash array storage systems are already deployed with Fibre Channel.

In future, the company noted that next-generation flash storage based on Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) will seamlessly integrate with current and future Gen 6 Fibre Channel networks.

“Fibre Channel has been the network of choice for enterprise deployments due to its low-latency and high-availability characteristics. Gen 6 Fibre Channel extends these benefits for the next wave of storage innovation,” said Eric Burgener, research director, IDC storage practice.

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