Brocade introduces new DR platform for remote data centres

Firm launches extension switch, extends Fabric Vision, in pursuit of better disaster recovery solutions

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Brocade introduces new DR platform for remote data centres Sakhnini: Data is the lifeblood of the modern enterprise.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 22, 2014

Brocade today announced its 7840 Extension Switch and enhancements to its Fabric Vision technology, in a bid to deliver "a six-fold increase in performance, along with higher availability and simplified management between distributed data centres".

The move comes as network equipment vendors seek to address backup, replication and restoration challenges in pursuit of more efficient data centre disaster recovery solutions.

Brocade cited OEM partner EMC's latest study on disaster recovery in the Middle East, Turkey and Morocco. The study found that 82% of regional organisations are not very confident they can fully recover after a disaster.

"Data is the lifeblood of the modern enterprise and safeguarding it even in the event of a calamity is what businesses must now accomplish," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA, Brocade Communications. "We have designed the 7840 Extension Switch to greatly improve the resilience and availability of our customer's data and applications."

According to Brocade, for DR purposes, the solution also offers a "significantly better performance at a lower cost of ownership" than WAN optimisation appliances.

The extensions to Fabric Vision technology, Brocade's fabric network monitoring solution, are intended to give organisations enhanced control and visibility of their remotely operated data centres.

"With the centralisation of IT and cloud computing being key themes in a time of rapid expansion, the ability for IT teams to manage such distributed data centres will be key to driving business agility while controlling costs," said Sakhnini.

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