Brocade Communications Systems said it has increased the number of ports per blade for its flagship DCX backbone switch and its midsize DCX-4S backbone switch. As reported on Network World, the DCX is a 14U (24.5-in) high switch with eight vertical blade slots. Brocade said it has increased the number of Fibre Channel ports on each blade from 48 to 64, meaning the DCX can now have up to 512 ports.
“Brocade customers will be able to upgrade their existing DCX switches by simply pulling an existing 4Gbit/sec Fibre Channel blade and inserting a new 8Gbit/sec blade. Brocade also plans to release a 16Gbit/sec Fibre Channel blade for the DCX next year, Dunmire said.”