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On March 1, 2016 Brocade Communications announced its first Generation 6 (Gen 6) 32 Gbit/s SAN switch; the Brocade G620 is a new high-density SAN switch that according to Brocade, “boasts unprecedented performance and scalability designed to support data growth and demanding workloads for mission-critical applications”. A link with more detailed information about this Brocade announcement is included below.
This announcement is significant for the following reason: As Brocade will likely roll out its complete Gen 6 product line across 2016 it becomes very clear that 8 Gbit/s Gen 4 switches and directors, including the flagship DCX and the ever popular 5100, are legacy. There will not be any more software or firmware updates; nor will there be any bug fixes or patches because Gen 4 equipment is now two generations old. Brocade customers should now feel free to move with confidence to third-party maintenance support for their legacy Gen 4 infrastructure.
We foresee the Brocade announcement will:
- Accelerate the migration of Gen 4 8 Gbit/s customers to Gen 5 16 Gbit/s platforms as pre-owned opportunities emerge.
- Allow customers who continue with Gen4 8 Gbit/s technology to take advantage of opportunities to achieve huge savings with industry leading TeamKCI support for their Gen 4 hardware.
If you have any questions on any of the above or would just like to discuss your current hardware plans please feel free to give us a call at any time. We will, of course, keep you posted on any new Brocade developments as they are announced.