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EMC Issues Connectrix DCX

HOPKINTON, Mass. -- EMC Corporation, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today
introduced the EMC(r) Connectrix(r) ED-DCX-B, the industry's first 8 Gb/s
(gigabit-per-second) Fibre Channel director. With 8 Gb/s line rates - double that
of existing directors - and four times the aggregate bandwidth, the newest member of
the Connectrix family enables large-scale consolidation of virtual and physical
servers and storage pools, multi-protocol integration, and simplified management
that can dramatically reduce operational and capital costs.

Based on OEM technology from Brocade, the Connectrix ED-DCX-B combines unprecedented
scalability and bandwidth with leading innovations in power, energy efficiency and
port density. The Brocade DCX is a new class of network infrastructure and serves as
the core platform for Data Center Fabric (DCF) architectures. The DCF architecture
encompasses multiple storage protocols between applications and storage, connects
virtual server and storage pools, supports networking over extended distances, and
provides mainframe connectivity. The DCX will be a platform for future networking
capabilities, providing 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel services at the core of the data center
as well as additional specialized fabric and data center application services.
The Connectrix ED-DCX-B is designed to provide the highest levels of scalability and
performance with low energy consumption. With 6.5 Tb/s (terabits-per-second) of
total bandwidth, it can be configured to support 2, 4, and 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel to
connect hundreds of applications, consolidate large scale VMware environments, and
serve as the core backbone of enterprise storage area networks (SANs). The
Connectrix ED-DCX-B also provides integrated multi-protocol support, enabling
further consolidation over extended distances and in heterogeneous server

The Connectrix ED-DCX-B offers multiple blade options for server-to-storage
connectivity. The 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel blades are available in 16, 32, and 48 ports
for a maximum configuration of up to 384 ports in a single domain. In addition, new
inter-chassis links (ICLs) can be configured to connect two Connectrix ED-DCX-B
chassis together, while preserving front-end ports. These connections utilize copper
cables to link the director's core blades without combining domains.

"The EMC Connectrix family of switches and directors provides customers with
extensive choices, proven interoperability, centralized management and the
industry's best customer service," said Barbara Robidoux, EMC Vice President,
Storage Product Marketing. "The new Connectrix ED-DCX-B backbone is ideal for
enterprise customers looking for the highest levels of performance, availability and
reliability. It's a platform that is designed to meet current needs and be easily
expanded to meet future SAN requirements."

EMC Corp.