Brocade debuts new SAN, switch solutions

Brocade Fabric Vision technology and high-density Brocade 6520 switch are available now

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Brocade debuts new SAN, switch solutions Brocade dominates the Storage Area Networking [SAN] market in the Middle East, with a market share of over 70%, according to Sufian Dweik, regional manager, MEMA, Brocade Communications.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  March 25, 2013

Brocade has launched its Brocade Fabric Vision technology, an advanced storage area networking (SAN) hardware and software solution, as well as its high-density Brocade 6520 switch.

The company is also working closely with its storage partners to lead efforts in the OpenStack community to ensure investment protection of Fibre Channel SANs as enterprises and service providers move to cloud orchestration frameworks.

"Brocade dominates the Storage Area Networking [SAN] market in the Middle East, with a market share of over 70%. We have combined our deep understanding of the needs of the region with our 17-year heritage as the Fibre Channel innovator to offer the broadest portfolio of fibre channel products," said Sufian Dweik, regional manager, MEMA, Brocade Communications. "The newly launched Fabric Vision solution and the Brocade 6520 switch will enable companies to build high-performance storage networks that are scalable, robust and highly flexibility in order to meet with the dynamic needs of their customers."

The new Fabric Vision technology is designed to maximise uptime, simplify SAN deployment and management and provide higher levels of visibility into storage networks.

The solution includes features and tools that are designed to enhance the company's purpose-built Gen 5 Fibre Channel portfolio to achieve high reliability, scalability and 16 Gbps performance. These include policy-based tools that simplify fabric-wide threshold configuration and monitoring; management tools that allow administrators to identify, monitor and analyze specific application data flows; and monitoring tools that detect network congestion and latency in the fabric.

The Brocade 6520 Switch, which the company claims is the industry's highest-density fixed configuration SAN switch, bolsters the vendor's comprehensive portfolio of Gen 5 Fibre Channel modular, fixed port and embedded solutions based on the 16 Gbps Fibre Channel standard. The switch offers 96 Fibre Channel ports in a 2U form factor for maximum port density and space utilisation for data center consolidation projects.

Jason Nolet, vice president of the Datacentre Networking Group at Brocade stated the company's commitment to the development of new SAN solutions based on components that conform to the soon-to-be-ratified Gen 6 Fibre Channel industry standard.

"Today's announcement underscores our investment and laser-focus on leading the Fibre Channel industry with innovative technology and solutions built upon standards-based networking and management," he said.

Brocade has already initiated research and development into Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology and is providing technical assistance to the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) T11 Technical Committee in an effort to finalise the standards for Gen 6 Fibre Channel (32 Gbps) by the end of 2013.

The new Brocade 6520 Switch and new Brocade Network Advisor 12.0 are available now through Brocade OEM partners Fujitsu, HP and NetApp, as well as through Brocade channel partners. These new products will be offered later this year by other OEM partners, including Dell, EMC and HDS.


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