QLogic announced several new products yesterday, expanding its line of popular fibre channel switches.
The SANbox 9000 series is a high-density "distribution" switch. With room for eight blades in a 4U chassis, the SANbox 9000 is configurable with up to 128 4Gbps ports (16 ports per module). Additional modules include 10Gbps FC (four ports per module), iSCSI and Fibre Channel-over-IP, and 10Gbps Ethernet.
The SANbox 8000 Storage Services Platform is a programmable, SAN-independent end-node device. Applications have been announced to perform replication and data consolidation. No word yet whether it plays nicely with Xsan, but it does have a mightily attractive big white power button on the front panel.
The SANbox 6000 Intelligent Storage Routers translate between Ethernet and Fibre Channel. The SANbox 6140 presents FC Storage to iSCSI targets (e.g. clustered or remote servers). The SANbox 6142 bridges FC over an IP WAN to let you split your SAN over long distances.
QLogic also announced that the workhorse 5200 series switches now are supported up through six switches and 96 ports. Hmmm, some of us have been doing that for a while now...
There's not much word yet about pricing or availability, and their web site isn't yet updated. Maybe they will have more information after their partner conference is through.
Finally, a anecdote from the conference. Yesterday QLogic showcased three very different customers on a panel: iNDEMAND Networks (producing the Howard Stern show), Sony Playstation, and the U.S. Secret Service. Take a wild guess which SAN platform all three use?