Brocade extends relationship with EMC

Brocade extends integration of SAN management software with EMC ViPR platform

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Brocade extends relationship with EMC Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  May 10, 2014

Data centre network provider, Brocade has extended integration of its Storage Area Network (SAN) management technology with storage giant EMC's ViPR solution.

The extension is said to enable over 50,000 joint customers to reduce data centre costs and also decrease complexity for both current and future application deployments in larger SANs within highly virtualised cloud environments.

Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade, said: "Extending the interworking of Brocade and EMC's market leading solutions will mean lower cost of storage management for data centre managers".

According to IDC's EMEA quarterly disk storage systems tracker, EMC accounts for over 45% of the Middle East's disk storage market and Sakhnini states that the joint efforts are aimed at helping this regional customer base "maximise the utilisation of their existing storage infrastructures".

The new integration for the EMC ViPR platform combines fibre channel routing and logical SAN (LSAN) zoning with Brocade Network Advisor SAN management software.

This allows policy-based automation for managing and provisioning both EMC and non-EMC storage infrastructure within medium-to-large enterprise SANs using the industry-standard Storage Management Initiative (SMI) interface.

The EMC ViPR platform's full range of capabilities can be leveraged on commodity storage as well as enterprise storage, including the EMC VMAX, VPLEX, VNX, Atmos and Isilon families.

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