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MaXXan Midrange Switch Confirmed

MaXXan Systems Inc. is poised to release a smaller version of its high-end Fibre Channel switch.

News of the product was first reported in Byte and Switch in early March (see MaXXan Plans Midrange Muster). Details are now confirmed by MaXXan's VP of marketing, Ravi Chalaka.

Dubbed the MXV250, the switch features 16 to 64 ports, considerably smaller than MaXXan's MXV500, a 256-port director-class switch. Other than size, though, Chalaka says the features largely duplicate those of MaXXan's higher-end gear, including virtual tape, volume pooling, LUN aggregation, and a range of data management options, via IPStor software OEM'd from FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC).

Chalaka thinks users will want to populate the switch's four ports with three cards for a 48-port maximum, leaving one port free for the embedded server and applications. He says further software functionality, including apps from vendors besides FalconStor, will be added in upcoming releases.

The MXV250 is in beta test now and is scheduled to ship June 15. Pricing for a typical base configuration of 32 ports with virtualization and embedded server blade will be about $59,000, roughly 25 percent lower than a basic MXV500 setup.

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