Cisco Rolls Out Switch for Midrange, Workgroup Market
High-end IP storage networking hasn't succeeded yet, so Cisco Systems Inc. is trying for success in the midrange and workgroup niches and last week unveiled the SN 5428 router.High-end IP storage networking hasnt succeeded yet, so Cisco Systems Inc. is trying for success in the midrange and workgroup niches and last week unveiled the SN 5428 router. Adoption in the high-end market, where Ciscos earlier SN 5420 plays, "has been minimal if at all," and "theres still quite a bit of work to be done," said Doug Ingraham, senior manager of Ciscos Storage Technology Group, in San Jose, Calif. But for midrange and workgroup uses, where applications have fewer performance requirements and the same people often manage networking and storage, "iSCSI is a best fit," Ingraham said.
The switch is based on an eight-port Fibre Channel device from QLogic Corp., based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., which announced an alliance with Cisco last month. Ciscos relationship with the larger Brocade Communications Systems Inc. recently ended.