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Standard Features
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High performance Storage Area Network switch fabric for Compaq RAID Array 8000 and ESA 12000 storage
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subsystems
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Key components of Compaq's Enterprise Network Storage Architecture (ENSA), the Compaq StorageWorks Fibre
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Channel Storage Switch 8 and Fibre Channel Storage Switch 16 are high-performance, scalable switch fabrics
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designed for creating SANs with Compaq StorageWorks RAID Array 8000 and ESA 12000 storage subsystems.
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Major benefits of these switch fabrics include:
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Eight (Fibre Channel Switch 8) or 16 (Fibre Channel Switch 16) 1 Gb/s non-blocking Fibre Channel connections
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for high data throughput
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Switch to switch connectivity over distances of up to 10 kilometers between two switches in support of
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applications such as remote data replication and disaster protection
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Dynamic path rerouting in the event of a link failure
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Full-duplex transmissions for high-performance
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Multiple methods for switch management
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Configuration versatility
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Single type of interface module automatically identifies a connection's operating mode as either a device or another
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Compaq StorageWorks Fibre Channel Switch
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Hot pluggable, industry-standard GBICs (Gigabit Interface Converter)
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Short-wave GBIC supports distances up to 500 meters between server and switch, and between storage
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subsystem and switch using multi-mode fiber optic cable.
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Long-wave GBIC supports distances up to 10 kilometers between switches using single-mode fiber optic cable.
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Top performance to satisfy high expectations
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Data path in hardware results in low end-to-end latency time, thus increasing throughput.
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Cut-through frame forwarding moves frame traffic efficiently without having to receive the complete frame first.
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In-order delivery of data frames guarantees that frames are delivered to a destination in the same order as
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received by the switch from the originator.
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Flexible switch buffering stores a data frame for only as long as is absolutely necessary, moving data faster and
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more efficiently through the SAN.
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Reliable SAN services
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Services are distributed throughout the SAN to prevent an individual failure from stopping overall operations.
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Services are performed automatically, regardless of network complexity and are transparent to the user.
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Simple Name Service – discovers Fabric-connected devices, and registers or unregisters the device information
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when a connection changes
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Registered State Change Notification – dynamic detection of changes in configuration and port status
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Multicast Service (Alias Server) – sends a single data copy simultaneously to group members
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Easy switch management
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Administrative functions take place from an existing LAN/WAN-based system or locally in the SAN itself. Supported
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management methods include:
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SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol)
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Telnet
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Web enabled management tools via StorageWorks Command Console
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Telnet command subset via switch front panel
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Exceptional scalability
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Additional benefits of Compaq Fibre Channel switches:
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Support for future multi-switch cascading functionality
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Improved aggregate SAN bandwidth
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Network services expand without additional resources
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DA-10282-01-003 — 01.26.2000
Compaq StorageWorks Fibre
Channel Storage Switch

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  • Page 1

    In-order delivery of data frames guarantees that frames are delivered to a destination in the same order as received by the switch from the originator. Flexible switch buffering stores a data frame for only as long as is absolutely necessary, moving data faster and more efficiently through the SAN.

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    Two switches can be interconnected and separated from each other by up to 10 km. Support for multiple connections between switches Switch fabric automatically determines the most efficient path between server and storage end points and dynamically reroutes data to an alternate path in the event of interruption.

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    Certain restrictions and exclusions apply. Consult the Compaq Customer Support Center for details. In Canada, consult the Product Information Center at 1-800-567-1616 for details. DA-10282-01-003 — 01.26.2000 Compaq StorageWorks Fibre Channel Storage Switch P E C I F I C A T I O N S Description Simple Name Server, Registered State Change Notification (RSCN),...

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