Brocade launches BNA for unified network management

Brocade reveals industry’s first unified network management platform for SAN and IP networks

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Brocade launches BNA for unified network management The BNA is the first unified network management platform for SAN and IP networks.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  September 19, 2010

Brocade has released the the industry’s first and only unified network management platform for SAN and IP networks, the Brocade Network Advisor (BNA).

The new platform will provide a single interface for Brocade Fibre Channel SANs, IP networks, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) networks, wireless networks and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks.

“Customers are experiencing significantly high operating expenses associated with disparate islands of tools and fragmented lifecycle management processes,” said Jason Nolet, Vice President, Data Center and Enterprise Networking Group at Brocade. “Brocade Network Advisor addresses these pain points with a robust, scalable architecture that integrates SAN, Ethernet, MPLS and wireless management into a single, cohesive management application. Most importantly, Brocade Network Advisor helps reduce customer OpEx by minimizing training, increasing automation and consolidating tools.”

The BNA has been designed to provide simplicity, always on operation, optimization of applications and investment protection, according to Brocade. The solution includes comprehensive lifecycle management capabilities, including configuration, monitoring, management and reporting from a single GUI. Powerful Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) capabilities provide fine-grained management over networking resources and a detailed audit of change activities. A unified end-user experience across different network types enables customers to embrace convergence technologies (such as FCoE, wired/wireless, VoIP and unified communications) at their own pace with a minimal learning curve for their administrators as they transition to these new technologies.

For non-stop networking, the system reduces network downtime and increases network security with proactive network monitoring, traffic analysis, fault isolation, change management and policy-driven remedial actions. A sophisticated rule engine enables powerful definition of policies, including automated trigger actions such as execution of predefined scripts, and e-mail or pager notifications. In addition, Advanced Call Home capabilities allow customers to configure Brocade Network Advisor to proactively notify their support organization before any issues impact services.

The BNA also optimizes application traffic and performance to manage service level agreements (SLAs) via end-to-end network monitoring, automation and policy management. In addition, Brocade Network Advisor supports configuration of quality of service (QoS) on a per-host or a per-virtual machine (VM) basis. Precision monitoring helps determine network congestion to identify application impact, and deep integration with partner management products helps streamline problem resolution across different administrative silos.

Brocade says the solution also offers a high degree of investment protection, through tight integration via standards-based APIs with industry-leading partner products for server management, storage management, virtualization management and data center orchestration.

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