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A key part of this strategy is providing transceivers specially tailored to 32G Fibre Channel (FC) SAN applications. We have Certified FC connectivity solutions supporting 16G and 32G available for several SAN vendor switches, including Brocade.The Smartopticstransceivers certified for Brocade Generation 7 have been rigorously tested and qualified for embedded use in Brocade Gen 7 SAN switches.

A unique solution for Brocade Gen 7 SAN switch users

Per Burman, Chief Marketing Officer, explains why the certification for Brocade Gen 7 SAN switches is a significant step for Smartoptics: “Smartoptics is already a certified and proven provider of 16G and 32G FC transceivers for previous generations of Brocade SAN switches. Our Gen 7 offering extends this capability to the Generation 7 FC switches. What sets this validation apart from other solutions is that Smartoptics is now the only DWDM vendor that has been invited to qualify for certification for Brocade’s Gen 7 products. This clearly signals our unique position when it comes to offering smart optical solutions in the FC and SAN market.”

The new Smartoptics 32G Fibre Channel transceivers come in the industry standard SFP28 format and are fully supported with Brocade’s Gen 7 FC switches.

Expanding on an established relationship

“The approval of the 32G Fibre Channel transceivers builds on the long-standing relationship we have with Brocade as one of the leading SAN switch vendors. Our 32G Fibre Channel transceivers enable us to offer a smart and cost-efficient solution for all Brocade users looking to upgrade to higher capacity in their storage area networks. The simplicity of the embedded solution allows for a compact building practice, lowers power consumption, and reduces time to operation due to short delivery and installation times for new transceivers,” says Per.

The 32G Fibre Channel transceivers can also be used with passive filters and together with Smartoptics’ active open line systems to extend their reach up to 80 km between data centers.

End-to-end solutions for flexible networking

Per explains how there’s more to the close cooperation between Smartoptics and Brocade: “As a matter of fact, the Smartoptics-Brocade relationship stretches beyond the unique validation of our 32G Fibre Channel transceivers with Brocade Gen 7 SAN switches. We are actually the only vendor whose complete end-to-end solutions are layer 1 tested by Broadcom for Brocade Gen 7 SAN switches. This includes our transceivers, multiplexers, and open line systems allowing for intelligent long-distance connectivity based on embedded DWDM principles. With Smartoptics’ embedded solutions, Brocade users can connect as many SAN & WAN internet links as required, at any speed, over a dark fiber network.”

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For more information about Smartoptics 16G and 32G Fibre Channel transceivers for Brocade, please see the Brocade collection.

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