Connectrix is the family name for EMC Corporation's range of storage network directors and switches. EMC does not manufacture any of these devices, instead they rebadge several of the market leading brands.
In many cases the EMC version of a switch will have customized EMC firmware, which will improve larger SAN design and/or compatibility between multi-vendor products. These customizations are usually created by the original switch vendor to EMC's requirements.
EMC has various families to which most switches are allocated, based on their performance and connectivity features. These families range from Enterprise-class to edge devices.
The switch families are as follows:
- ED - Enterprise Director
- DS - Departmental Switch
- MP - Multi-Protocol Router
The original switch vendor can usually be deciphered from the EMC model name. Typically, model numbers are the same as the original number and the model name is suffixed with a letter denoting the original brand - B or M, for Brocade and McData respectively.
- EMC also rebadges Cisco MDS series switches and directors. These have the prefix MDS and no suffix, clearly not conforming to the EMC nomenclature.
- DS-4100B = Brocade Silkworm 4100
- ED-10000M = McData Intrepid 10000
- MDS 9216i = Cisco MDS 9216i