Executive Summary

 
 
By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2002-08-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router"> Executive Summary: Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router

Usability Excellent
Capability Excellent
Performance Fair
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
Ciscos SN 5428 Storage Router allows IT managers to share consolidated Fibre Channel storage over standard IP networks. Although we dont expect to see the Cisco SN 5428 replacing high-end Fibre Channel switches (nor should it), the router will extend SAN benefits to low-end and midrange servers and/or to companies that cant afford a Fibre Channel SAN.

COST ANALYSIS

The implementation and acquisition cost of a single Cisco SN 5428, $11,995, is fairly trivial when compared with the combined cost of buying Fibre Channel networking equipment (switches and HBAs). Because the Cisco SN 5428 builds on IP networks, IT managers will be able to concentrate financial resources over the long haul.

(+) Relatively low cost; solid management and security; high-availability option.

(-) Lacks Fibre Channel management capabilities such as zoning; performance not suitable for high-end applications.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Nishan Systems IPS 3000 Series Multiprotocol IP Storage Switch
  • www.cisco.com



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