In brief: Cisco bolsters MDS 9000

Plus: Phoenix beefs up I/O.

Cisco last week introduced several capabilities for its MDS 9000 family of multilayer intelligent director-level and fabric Fibre Channel switches. Among the features are the ability for servers in different virtual storage-area networks to share disk or tape storage.

In addition, IT managers now can set quality of service and prioritize traffic dynamically based on the requirements of the data. The new switches also let Fibre ChanneliSCSIFibre Channel over IP and Fibre Connection be mixed on the same switch. The company also announced a new version of its SAN operating system, which includes centralized management of multiple SAN fabrics, discovery, health and event monitoring, and historical performance monitoring.

BIOS specialist Phoenix Technologies is taking its basic I/O systems software a step further to create what it calls "a more sophisticated integration" between hardware and operating systems. Phoenix this week is expected to introduce its first Core Systems Software products, which were designed to provide better reliability, security and manageability for servers and PCs.

With its TrustedCore product, for example, users could store security keys deep in server system software below operating systems to ensure that only authorized administrators have access.

TrustedCore for notebooks is expected to be available next month, and the technology should be integrated in servers from companies such as IBM, Fujitsu and NEC early next year, the company says.

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