FRAMINGHAM (07/05/2000) - Brocade Communications Systems Inc. this week introduced several enhancements to its switch operating system that will let administrators monitor their Fibre Channel switches and improve communications of their storage-area networks (SAN). Fabric Watch, an optional component of Fabric OS, lets a storage administrator monitor the health of the Fibre Channel SAN. Fabric OS is the operating system for Brocade SilkWorm switches. The package lets customers set thresholds for out-of-the-ordinary events and gather information on the error rates of data passed between two switches. Fabric Watch will work with Computer Associates International Inc.'s' Unicenter TNG, Tivoli Systems Inc.'s Management Environment and Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OpenView via SNMP alerts. Fabric Watch will be available this month for $1,000 per SilkWorm switch.
Hitachi Data Systems Ltd. has launched a new high-end storage array for large and dot-com companies that offers storage capacities of up to 37 terabytes. The Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 array uses a switched architecture that supports throughput of 6.4G byte/ sec, four to six times faster than the Hitachi 7700E. In September, Hitachi will ship the 9900 with 74G-byte drives running at 10,000 rpms. The 9900 also contains enhanced software features such as Dynamic Optimizer and NanoCopy. Dynamic Optimizer lets systems perform self-tuning and migrates logical volumes to balance the load. NanoCopy was previously only available on mainframe systems but now is available for Windows NT and Unix systems. The Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900 costs $600,000 for an array with a tera- byte of data.