Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Brocade) (Nasdaq: BRCDE) today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers has successfully certified the Brocade SilkWorm 200E SAN switch and will immediately include it in its portfolio of storage products. The SilkWorm 200E complements the range of Brocade Fibre Channel switches with an industry-leading transmission rate of 4 Gbit/sec. Its scalable number of ports (8 to 16 ports) serves the volume segment and, thanks to its attractive price-performance ratio, extends the range of possible applications. Installation software will be provided with the switch to simplify installation. The 8-port switch has been on the market since the beginning of August, and the 16-port version is available immediately.
With the option of 12 or 16 usable ports, the product structure supports the Brocade pay-as-you-grow philosophy. The available 200E models offer the typical software functions for use in entry environments with the customary number of ports. The working speed of the Fibre Channel connection is set automatically to 4, 2 or 1 Gbit/sec, thus ensuring the working capacity of SAN structures that have grown dynamically.
Brocade is the market leader in terms of migration to the 4 Gbit/sec transmission rate and offers a complete line of solutions from the entry to the enterprise. Launched in January 2005, the SilkWorm 4100 was the first 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch to come to the market.
Our new 4 Gbit/sec SilkWorm platforms are designed to help our customers make their storage infrastructure future-proof, said Ulrich Plechschmidt, Director for EMEA and Latin America at Brocade. The SilkWorm 200E offers an ideal combination of innovative technology and investment protection for smaller SANs or installations at a departmental level.
The new Brocade SilkWorm 200E is an excellent complement to our SAN solutions in the low-end segment, said Dr. Helmut Beck, Vice President Storage at Fujitsu Siemens Computers.