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Your DCI may not have been the first thing on your mind when planning to upgrade to Brocade Gen 7. But it’s important not to forget the DWDM optics used with your Brocade switches for a number of reasons. For starters, Gen 7 won’t work with transceivers that aren’t certified, 16G optics are only supported in the X7 director support is ended for 8G optics. Fortunately, there are also several more positive reasons to upgrade your DWDM optics along with Gen 7 that you should have in mind.

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Everyone’s talking about the newest generation of Brocade Fibre Channel switches, Generation 7. Upgrading to Gen 7 is high on the agenda for many banks and other financial institutions. However, before you either postpone this or rush forward too quickly, do you know where to look for ROI so you can get the most value out of this investment? What about compatibility with other parts of your data center network infrastructure? Have you thought about whether Brocade Gen 7 will play nice with components like the DWDM optics you use for your DCI?

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Open line systems present numerous benefits to operators and service providers. Organizations are no longer forced to buy all components of a networking solution from the same supplier. Today’s open line systems allow service providers to pick and choose between different options, ensuring that they have the best component from the best vendor for every part of the network. For instance, they could choose embedded optics from one vendor, transponders from a second and ROADM solutions from a third.

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The most recent addition to the Smartoptics portfolio is a new series of transceivers tailored to 32G Fibre Channel (FC) SAN applications. In addition to certified FC connectivity solutions supporting 8, 16G and 32G for several SAN vendor switches, the latest offering extends this capability to Brocade’s Generation 7 FC products. The new transceivers have already been rigorously tested and qualified for embedded use in Brocade’s Gen 7 FC switches.

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ROADM technologies have become popular among service providers because of the ability to create flexible metropolitan, regional and long-haul networks that are easy to modify, even remotely, as network requirements change.

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