SAN Long Distance Extension

Many of today’s IT organizations have implemented multiple Storage Area Network (SAN) islands to support specific applications, projects, and sites throughout their enterprises. With the Brocade® 7500 SAN Router, these organizations can now interconnect their SAN islands for greater resource utilization and long-distance extension. By providing this advanced level of connectivity without the associated risk and complexity of physically merging SAN islands into a single large fabric, the Brocade 7500 supports strategic business initiatives such as disaster recovery, data migration, and ongoing technology upgrades.


The Brocade 7500 combines the industry’s first 4 Gbit/sec Fibre Channel routing capability with powerful hardware-assisted traffic forwarding for Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP). The switch features 16 Fibre Channel ports and two 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports—delivering high performance to run storage applications at line-rate speed with either protocol. By integrating these services in a single platform, the Brocade 7500 offers a wide range of benefits for inter-SAN connectivity, including long-distance SAN extension, greater resource sharing (either locally or across geographical areas), and simplified management.