SANcastle Technologies and Anritsu Demonstrate End-to-End Networking
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SANcastle Technologies Inc. and Anritsu Co. teamed up at NetWorld+Interop in Las Vegas to demonstrate an end-to-end networking solution integrating Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Networking (SAN) data and enterprise LAN data over high-speed optical MAN/WAN links up to OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) speed. The companies claim there has never before been a way to transport SAN and native Ethernet LAN traffic together over an OC-48 link.
This new capability combines the Anritsu MultiFlow(TM) 5000 Layer 2/3/4 Gigabit Ethernet switch and the SANcastle GFS-8(TM) Global Fabric Switch. The resulting enterprise networking solution greatly lowers costs and equipment requirements by using Ethernet and IP technology to allow both SAN and LAN data streams to share a single 2.5 Gbps OC-48 optical link.
SANcastle said it has developed a multiple protocol switch that enables seamless bi-directional integration of Fibre Channel (FC) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networks over long distances without disruption or technology changes. The company claims its GFS-8(TM) is the world's first Global Fabric Switch. The high-speed integrating switch enables a company's Fibre Channel network and IP network to work together seamlessly as a single connected network fabric. No changes are required to either network since GFS-8 is compatible with both networks' standards.
"We are pleased to offer this solution with SANcastle because many of our enterprise customers want to use our MultiFlow 5000 switches with OC-48 connectivity for both their SAN and LAN data," says Jack Landau, Director of marketing for Anritsu. "Since Fibre Channel has the same 1 Gbps rate as Gigabit Ethernet, the GFS-8 provides an ideal SAN gateway and our full duplex 2.5 Gbps OC-48 link is perfect for sharing both these kinds of traffic."