The evolution to multi-service directors

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A new class of Fibre Channel director is emerging that offers exciting new value to IT organizations that are battling a growing, and increasingly complex, storage infrastructure.

Once positioned as simply a bigger switch with more ports, this new class of Fibre Channel director offers new services delivering added value along three dimensions: scalability and performance; multi-protocol server integration; and functionality in addition to pure switching.

These new multiservice directors enable reduced costs and improved resource utilization through consolidation, facilitate improved business continuity and data availability, and provide the flexibility needed to create enterprisewide, high-performance infrastructures to support new IT strategies like tiered storage/ILM and utility computing.

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