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The information transport industry's first 8 Gbit/sec fibre channel director, the EMC Connectrix ED-DCX-B, was launched in Dubai today.

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By  Sean Robson Published  May 18, 2008

The information transport industry's first 8 Gbit/sec fibre channel director, the EMC Connectrix ED-DCX-B, was launched in Dubai today.

"We're seeing a significant percentage of EMC customers in the Middle East, especially banks, telecoms operators, and government departments, consolidating and pooling their server and storage resources to better utilise their IT investment.  The EMC Connectrix family of switches and directors provides our customers with extensive choices, proven interoperability, and centralised management - all of which make them more efficient," said Mohammed Amin, regional manager of EMC Middle East and North Africa.

The ED-DCX-B is the latest product in the Connectrix product range enables large-scale consolidation of virtual and physical servers and storage pools, multi-protocol integration, and simplified management that can dramatically reduce operational and capital costs, according to EMC.

Improved features include adaptive networking services for optimised fabric behaviour and ensuring ample bandwidth for mission critical applications, native interoperability with Connectrix M-series switches and directors, and admin domains to segregate and limit access to shared fabric resources.

The core platform for the datacentre fabric is provided by the Brocade DCX which creates a combination of scalability and bandwidth. With 6.5 Tbits/sec of total bandwidth, it can be configured to support 2, 4, and 8 Gbits/sec fibre channel to connect hundreds of applications, consolidate large scale VMware environments, and serve as the core backbone of enterprise storage area networks. The fibre channel director offers multiple blade options for server-to-storage connectivity as well. EMC added that the blades are available in 16, 32, and 48 ports for a maximum configuration of up to 384 ports in a single domain.

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