Transparent Router functionality allows switch port to be configured as a TR port.
QLogic, a supplier of network infrastructure services, has announced the addition of its Transparent Router functionality to the HP StorageWorks 8/20q 8Gb Fibre Channel family of switch products.
According to QLogic, the new Transparent Router (TR) functionality allows any active HP StorageWorks 8/20q Fibre Channel switch port to be configured as a TR port.
This enables HP server and storage resources to be shared between StorageWorks 8/20q based storage area networks and HP B-series fabrics through the industry-standard NPIV protocol, and it eliminates the support and management challenges of E-Port switch interoperability.
The 8/20q TR also provides a higher level of security than traditional merged fabrics by ensuring only customer-specified devices are shared between fabrics. The QLogic TR feature, coupled with the recent release of the 8-port model of the 8/20q Fibre Channel switch, increases the breadth of cost-effective options for small to medium businesses.
Jesse Parker, vice president and general manager of the network solutions group at QLogic, said: Customers have another choice and a more affordable means to expand their storage networks in an easy, secure manner. Businesses can start with an 8-port 8/20q Fibre Channel switch and add TR ports for storage capacity and redundancy, without any risks to their existing storage area network infrastructure, or the need for routers.