I figured QLogic must have done more than simply increase the port speeds--even at 2 gigabits, negotiated speed improved. The vendor insisted it hadn't revamped the internal architecture dramatically. It will be interesting to test other vendors' 4-gigabit switches in the same environment to see if this improvement is global. Simple Setup
The process of getting the QLogic into the FC fabric was simple. I used the serial connection to adjust the management-port settings, then plugged it into the IP network and switch using SANsurfer, QLogic's switch-management software, for advanced configuration options.
Performance improvements even at 2 gigabits
No direct integration with Netegritys
Only 16 ports
Not as many bells and whistles as some leading FC switches
QLogic SANbox 5602, contact vendor for pricing. QLogic Corp., (800) 662-4471, (949) 389-6000. www.qlogic.com