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Sanera Turns On the Juice

Startup Sanera Systems Inc. is claiming it has the biggest, baddest, smartest, and fastest Fibre Channel switch on the market -- and says it can prove it.

The company says independent testing shows that its still-in-beta DS10000 director switch provides 2.3 times the aggregate throughput performance of its nearest competitor, Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) MDS 9509. The startup commissioned the test from Miercom, a network systems testing company in Princeton Junction, N.J.

However, Sanera was not able to provide the actual test results yet, saying they'll be ready in a few weeks. A Miercom representative tells Byte and Switch those test results are confidential and that in order to release them, it would require written permission from Sanera.

Last fall, Cisco claimed its MDS 9500 switches were able to sustain full 2-Gbit/s wire speeds across 112 ports in laboratory tests. Based on that, Sanera seems to be asserting that one of its fully loaded, 256-port 2-Gbit/s FC switches can sustain full throughput across all ports, which -- if true -- would easily outpace systems from Cisco, Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD), or McData Corp. (Nasdaq: MCDTA) (see Cisco Busts FC Benchmark).

"We are, hands down, the highest-throughput switch," says Patrick Harr, VP of marketing and business development at Sanera. "The only one we see coming close to us over time is Cisco."

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