Sorrento Networks receives Brocade 'Data Center Ready' status

JULY 13, 2009 -- Sorrento Networks' protocol-independent GigaMux platform gets the green light from Brocade's data center interoperability initiative.

JULY 13, 2009 -- Sorrento Networks (search Lightwave for Sorrento Networks) says that its GigaMux DWDM metro optical access system has been verified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (search Lightwave for Brocade) as compatible with Brocade-based storage-area networking (SAN) infrastructure, according to the testing requirements of the Brocade Data Center Ready Program. The program is an initiative designed to foster interoperability in multivendor Brocade-based data center environments.

Testing was conducted at the Brocade Data Center Ready labs, facilities that support end-to-end interoperability and performance testing of SAN products in multivendor and large fabric environments. Sorrento Networks is the latest addition to a list of members that have joined the Brocade program since its inception in 2000.

"As enterprises seek to deploy bandwidth-efficient SANs over greater distances, they can be confident that our GigaMux family of products is fully interoperable in Brocade SAN environments," says Jim Nevelle, chief executive officer of Sorrento Networks. "With data centers becoming more remote from major backbones, DWDM products like our GigaMux line are now fundamental to most SANs because they can cost-effectively handle Fibre Channel speeds, distances, and densities where SONET and other transport technologies fall short."

A protocol-independent design allows the GigaMux product family to extend the traffic of Fibre Channel and Ethernet simultaneously and in their native formats. This enables users to add or upgrade bandwidth incrementally based on traffic requirements, as well as achieving high-bandwidth links of more than six miles among their data centers, storage servers, and data storage devices. Sorrento Networks says its platform can turn one optical fiber into as many as 80 virtual fibers or 40 full duplex channels and support up to 10 Gbps of traffic per channel.

"We are pleased that Sorrento Networks has successfully completed the Data Center Ready testing with Brocade switches and directors in multivendor SAN environments," says Ben Taft, senior director of strategic alliances at Brocade. "Storage-area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate as a scalable, high-performance networking foundation for storage environments. The Brocade Data Center Ready program is an example of our continued commitment to delivering end-to-end interoperability to customers."

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