"Although Cisco obviously has customers who have responded to the value of stacking, their stacking implementation is far less robust than the SN6000," said QLogic spokesman, Steve Zivanic.
Additionally, Vallhonrat said HP's own Simple SAN Connection Manager software allows storage administrators to manage their HP StorageWorks SN6000 switches, along with host servers and StorageWorks StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array and Modular Smart Array storage systems all through a single interface.
The StorageWorks SN6000 switches will retail for $10,500 with a single power supply and $13,500 with a dual power supply.
"I think the Fibre Channel switch business needs more competition and because Cisco's at war with so many server vendors, a third supplier like QLogic becomes more viable," Vallente said. "I think this gives QLogic credibility in a market where they don't have a footprint whatsoever."
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