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SNW Dallas: A First Look

As IT professionals gather in Dallas this week, suppliers will be promoting equipment and services geared to every aspect of data storage and protection. Besides security, which we'll feature in a separate article today, vendors will pull out the stops on 8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel, backup, energy-efficient storage, and SMB solutions -- to name just a few key areas. Here, grouped by topic, is a selection of some of the announcements coming over the next few days:

8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel

Brocade will announce an 8-Gbit/s Fibre Channel blade for its 48000 Director today, citing increasing demand for high-speed data center interconnects.

Bill Dunmire, Brocade's senior product marketing manager, tells Byte and Switch that demand for 8-Gbit/s is being driven by a number of factors, including the coming LTO-5 tape drives and virtualization.

"Where 8-Gig has a lot of immediate benefit is in virtualized server environments, where you have a number of virtual machines running on physical servers," he says, explaining that increasing the available bandwidth can significantly reduce the number of links needed between switches.

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