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Cisco releases security, storage network convergence upgrades to switches

Lucas Mearian, Computerworld | March 30, 2011
Cisco today unveiled security and network convergence upgrades to its line of director-class data center switches, including a new multi-hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capability for the Nexus 7000, 5000 and 3000 series and MDS 9500 switch family.

"It's simply to let those other partner vendors manage us as part of their enterprise architecture," Nusbaum said.

Deb Howard, Cisco's data center solutions marketing manager, said 33% of customers are now using FCoE on the Nexus 5000 series of switches. "I do believe customers were waiting for director class switches that are scalable, so I believe that number will start to bump up as we go forward," she said.

Cisco claims to have 10,000 customers using switches operating on its NX-OS software, which equates to seven million network ports on its Nexus line and about 4,000 customers using UCS systems and software that it launched two years ago.

 

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