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Brocade targets mid-range enterprises

Data centre network provider brings enterprise-class SAN management..

Sakhnini: Over the past two years we have seen a shift in business practice because of the cloud.
Sakhnini: Over the past two years we have seen a shift in business practice because of the cloud.

Brocade has announced the inclusion of its fabric vision technology in EMC's entry-level primary storage and data protection solutions that are now available to EMC business partner programme participants, designed for mid-size businesses.

The EMC VNXe3200 unified, hybrid storage array and EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems are optimised for mid-range customers with enterprise capabilities. Brocade fabric vision technology features a customisable dashboard view that provides early warning of potential problems designed to help IT staff to visualise overall fabric health and performance to reduce operational costs.

"Mid-range enterprises struggle with low budgets and limited IT resources. We do however see tremendous potential in this market and are confident that providing a platform that is easy to manage, affordable and extremely robust will help these organisations unlock capabilities that are already being leveraged by 90% of the world's Fortune 1000 companies," said Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade Communications.

Brocade Network Advisor professional, an element of Brocade fabric vision technology, also has new features to support mid-sized environments, including dual-fabric redundant paths between servers and storage that deliver enterprise-class reliability and availability. The software also supports smaller port counts, enabling SANs to be right-sized for optimal operation.

According to Brocade, the EMC VNXe3200 is EMC's most affordable unified hybrid array delivering MCx multicore optimised power. The new Data Domain DD2200 reduces backup and archive storage requirements and consolidates backup and archive data on a single system to eliminate silos.

"Combining our new VNXe primary storage, Data Domain protection storage and VSPEX solutions with Brocade's enhanced SAN technologies advances the state-of-the-art in helping our mid-market customers further their journey to the cloud by transforming their operations to deliver IT as a service," said Brian Jackson, senior director, Global Alliances, EMC Corporation.