Brocade integrates SAN solution with EMC ViPR

EMC SDS platform now shipping with integrated Brocade SAN management technology

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Brocade integrates SAN solution with EMC ViPR Dweik: Brocade will continue to work towards making fibre channel an integral storage type in the software-defined data centre in the Middle East.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 14, 2013

Network solutions specialist Brocade today announced availability of Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software with the EMC ViPR platform.

Resold by EMC as Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE), Brocade Network Advisor is an enterprise-level network management solution that performs full lifecycle management and can be deployed in data centres, clouds, wired/wireless campuses and service provider environments.

According to IDC's EMEA Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, EMC accounts for over 45% of the region's disk storage market due to sizeable projects in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, and Egypt. As a software-defined storage (SDS) solution, the offering from EMC with Brocade Network Advisor will utilise automation and self-service provisioning to help reduce the administration overheads for rapidly growing data repositories.

"The integration of Brocade Network Advisor with EMC's ViPR platform enables automation and better management of the entire storage infrastructure," said Sufian Dweik, regional director MEMA at Brocade Communications.

"With high performance, improved utilisation and excellent reliability, organisations can gain the most from their existing storage investments. Brocade will continue to work towards making fibre channel an integral storage type in the software-defined data centre in the Middle East and we will continue to work closely with leading vendors such as EMC to ensure that advancements in the networking field conform to industry standards."

Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software utilises the Storage Management Initiative (SMI) interface, an industry standard for interoperable storage management technologies, to enable policy-based automation for managing and provisioning for both EMC and non-EMC storage.

As a result of the joint efforts, EMC SAN customers can now utilise the EMC ViPR platform to leverage existing storage infrastructures for traditional data centre workloads, as well as provision new EMC ViPR Object Data Service and EMC ViPR HDFS Service through access to Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift for next-generation workloads. These capabilities can be run with enterprise storage, including the EMC VMAX, VPLEX, VNX, Atmos and Isilon families, as well as commodity storage.

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