Executive Summary

By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2003-01-20 Print this article Print

: McData Sphereon 4500 Fabric Switch"> Executive Summary: McData Sphereon 4500 Fabric Switch

Usability Excellent
Capability Excellent
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Excellent
Security Good
McDatas Sphereon 4500 Fabric Switch blends high port density and solid manageability and functionality into a ridiculously small 1U box. The Sphereon 4500s ability to add ISLs and port capacity on the fly make this switch the best in class, earning it our Analysts Choice designation.


The ability to add port capacity on the fly gives IT managers a good amount of flexibility. IT managers with small SAN projects can start out with eight ports enabled and scale all the way up to 24 ports if need be. The Sphereon 4500s ability to upgrade firmware and add capacity on the fly will reduce the amount of downtime needed to maintain this switch.

(+) Can add capacity on the fly; nondisruptive firmware upgradability; solid management tools.

(-) Management GUI insufficient for large SANs.

  • QLogic Corp.s SANBox 2
  • Brocade Communications Systems Inc.s SilkWorm 3900
  • www.mcdata.com


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